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International News for International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), has compiled a review of some of the biggest international stories in the past four months. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Ms. keeps you informed about what's happening in women's lives around the globe. What international women's stories are you following? Let us know!

Ms. Winter 2006 Issue
Women of Afganistan: Photos from A Brave Sisterhood

March 3, 2006
Human Rights Group Blasts Unwarranted Detention of Libyan Women and Girls
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a report condemning Libya's practice of confining women and girls in prison-like facilities for suspected moral transgressions

March 1, 2006
New Survey Shows Gains, Losses in Women's Representation in Parliaments
A survey of women elected to parliaments by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) reveals that women currently hold a record 16.3 percent of parliamentary seats, a small number but one that has increased from 11.3 percent in 1995. Anders Johnsson, Secretary-General of IPU, stated, “Women account for roughly half of the world’s population. They remain dramatically underrepresented in national parliaments and other levels of government,” reports the New York Times.

February 23, 2006
Afghan Legislator Calls for Enforcement of Chaperones for Women
Afghan women would be forbidden to travel without a male chaperone if a male member of the Afghan parliament has his way.

February 14, 2006
Women in Zimbabwe Protest Economic Hardships

Nearly 200 Zimbabwean women were arrested following their participation in a march against President Mugabe...

February 13, 2006
Polish Woman Denied Abortion Takes Case to European Court
A Polish woman who suffered severe health consequences after being denied an abortion is taking her case before the European Court of Human Rights. Alicja Tysiac sought an abortion after three ophthalmologists predicted that carrying her child to term would likely further damage her failing eyesight. But the same three specialists, as well as a gynecologist, refused to authorize an abortion.

February 9, 2006
Demonstration Marks 30 Days of Captivity for American Journalist Jill Carroll
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) held a demonstration in Paris on Tuesday to mark the 30th day of captivity for American freelance journalist Jill Carroll, who was kidnapped in Baghdad by the previously unknown group Revenge Brigade on January 7. According to RWB, 37 journalists, including eight women, have been abducted in Iraq since March of 2003, and five have been killed.

February 7, 2006
In Response to Global Gag Rule, Britain Pledges Money for Safe Abortion Services
The British government has announced that it will give three million pounds to the International Planned Parenthood Federation's new Global Safe Abortion Programme in response to the Bush Administration’s Global Gag Rule policy.

January 30, 2006
Finland's First Female President Elected to Second Term
Finland President Tarja Halonen, a political leftist, won reelection over the conservative Sauli Niinisto by a small margin in a runoff vote held Sunday...

January 20, 2006
New Law in Norway Requires Women to be 40 Percent of Corporate Boards
Publicly traded private companies in Norway are now obliged to have 40 percent of corporate boards to be comprised of women and have been given two years to meet the requirement.

January 19, 2006
First Woman President of Chile Committed to Women's Rights
Michelle Bachelet was elected the first woman president of Chile this Sunday, beating out right-wing opponent Sebastian Pinera by a handy 7 percent. The vote was a runoff between Bachelet and Pinera after Bachelet won only 46 percent in the multiple-candidate December 11 election, failing to get the 50 percent necessary for victory.

January 17, 2006
Women in Italy March for Abortion Rights
Between 60,000 and 150,000 Italian women marched in Milan on Saturday, demanding that the Italian government maintain its liberal abortion laws.

January 6, 2006
Yemen Has First Woman Presidential Candidate

At an Arab women's conference, Sumayah Ali Raja, chair of the Yemen-French Forum, announced she will run in Yemen's 2006 presidential election....

December 19, 2005
Afghan Man Killed by Taliban for Teaching Girls
Armed men reportedly shot and killed a male secondary school teacher in Afghanistan for teaching girls. Reuters reports that the man, identified by the name Laghmani, was dragged from his classroom and executed at the school gates. “He had received many warning letters from the Taliban to stop teaching, but he continued to do so happily and honestly – he liked to teach boys and girls,” Abdul Rahman Sabir, police chief in the Helmund province, told Reuters.

December 13, 2005
Women's Rights Treaty Enacted by Fifteen African Nations
Fifteen African countries have ratified the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, affirming that reproductive rights are human rights....

December 13, 2005
Women's Rights Editor Jailed in Afghanistan Faces Increasing Threats
Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of an Afghan women's rights magazine who was convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison, is facing increasing calls for harsher punishments, including a recent fatwa demanding that Nasab repent or be executed. Nasab was arrested and jailed after publishing articles questioning harsh punishments doled out under some interpretations of sharia (Islamic) law, including 100 lashes for adultery and death by stoning for conversion to another religion, as well as articles arguing for women’s equality. a recent fatwa demanding that Nasab repent or be executed.

December 8, 2005
WHO Releases First Global Study of Domestic Violence
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a study on domestic violence on a global scale. Titled “The WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women,” the report notes that women are much more likely to be subjected to violence at the hands of their partners than at the hands of strangers.

December 1, 2005
South African Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage
Today, the highest court in South Africa ruled that the parliament must amend marriage laws to include same-sex couples within the next year. If parliament does not act, the laws will be automatically changed to give marriage rights to same-sex couples.