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Tag Archive: Women’s rights

Apr 13 2014

The Jaafari Personal Status Law

Human Rights Watch to Iraq: yo, don’t legalize marriage for 9-year-olds. Iraq’s Council of Ministers should withdraw a new draft Personal Status Law and ensure that Iraq’s legal framework protects women and girls in line with its international obligations. The pending legislation would restrict women’s rights in matters of inheritance and parental and other rights after divorce, …

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Feb 16 2012

They kept beating us with sticks

More religious bullying. (Of a much worse variety. Of a nightmarish variety. That’s how it is – we lurch from the bad to the horrendous, day by day and hour by hour. But the horrendous doesn’t make the bad something we should shrug off. We have to pay attention to all of it.) Shakila, age …

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Feb 15 2012

First order of business

Whatever else we do, whatever metaphysical view gets us there, the first order of business has to be shackling women. We always have to make sure women don’t have too many rights. We have to make very damn sure they’re not as free to decide how to live their own lives as men are. We …

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Sep 09 2011

Instant personhood

Brilliant. The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that voters can decide the “personhood” of the fertilized egg – human egg, that is, not chicken egg or salamander egg. The measure would amend the constitution to extend “personhood” to the unborn, likely rendering abortions illegal in the state if upheld.

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Sep 01 2011

My faith dispels any doubts

And by the way three cheers for female genital mutilation. …some communities see the practice as an integral part of their culture. “I have two daughters and five nieces, all circumcised by doctors. I do not consider it a human rights violation because, according to our religious teachings, it has been divinely ordained. My faith …

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