Turkey – Increase in Femicide Killings & Sexual Assault of Women & Girls

Femicide is the gender-related crime where females, from embryo to fetus, infant to child, adult to old, are murdered or forced to commit suicide by a man merely because “they are females” or because “they are acting against the social codes of their gender identity”. Femicides must not be perceived as murders in which only …

Rwanda – President Orders Release of Women & Girls Jailed for Abortions

Women’s rights activists welcome the presidential pardon of 367 female prisoners as evidence of progress. By Samuel Okiror – April 5, 2019 The women are expected to be released immediately under the presidential prerogative. “Pursuant to the powers conferred upon him by the laws … the president of the republic informed the cabinet meeting that …

Saudi Arabia: First female rights defender facing death penalty

Worldwide Movement for Human Rights Saudi Arabia: First female rights defender facing death penalty, to appear before Court on January 13 Paris-Geneva, January 11, 2019 – Human rights defender Israa Al-Ghomgham will appear before the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh on January 13, 2019 for participating in peaceful pro-democracy protests. After spending more than three years …

‘Public health’, ‘social solidarity’ and a modern Greek tragedy…

By Dr. Maria Fotopoulou, Sofia Galinaki and Chara-Ismini Papageorgiou1 We are writing these lines in November 2018; 6 years after the Greek Ministry of Public Health and Social Solidary first issued Health Regulation No GY/39A, which gave the Greek police the power to detain drug users, amongst other groups, for forced HIV testing and compulsory …

21 year old Eleni Topaloudi: Gang rape and murder in Rhodos

By Sissy Vovou Member of the editorial committee of the feminist website tomov.gr In the beautiful Greek island of Rhodos, a tourist attraction for many, a terrible femicide took place on the 28th of November. A young woman was found nude (wearing only her bra) in a deserted, inaccessible and rocky beach. The investigations started …