Seven women were kidnapped and assaulted by 20 men with rifles, hatchets and knives at an Annaba, Algeria restaurant last week. Two of the women were found dead with their throats cut. Approximately 1,600 women have been raped and assaulted in Algeria since Muslim militants began waging an Islamic attack in 1992.
Earlier this month, the High Islamic Council issued a fatwa, or Muslim religious decree, proposing that anyone who slanders a raped woman be punished and that the government be held accountable for children born out of rape. The fatwa claimed that “the raped woman is honorable,” but upheld the ban on abortions except in “cases of absolute necessity.”
3/2/2015 Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign - Journalist Masih Alinejad was awarded the Women's Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy last week for her activism supporting Iranian women who choose not to cover their heads in a hijab.
Alinejad's Facebook page, "My Stealthy Freedom," has gained international attention and more than 700,000 followers by posting pictures of Iranian women without the hijab. . . .