French Bill Would Give Unmarried Couples Legal Rights
The French National Assembly passed a billed which would grant legal status to unmarried couples Wednesday. The bill would give recognized heterosexual and homosexual couples certain advantages including tax and inheritance benefits.
The bill had been vehemently opposed by demonstrators who feared that lesbian and gay couples would use the law to demand adoption rights. Tens of thousands of people protested the bill in public marches.
If passed by the Senate, the bill will next face review by the Constitutional Council.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .