Official Commemoration of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Message from UN Women Official Commemoration of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women   25 November 2013, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Trusteeship Council Chamber United Nations Headquarters New York Keynote Speakers: Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Master of Ceremony: Ms. Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News "Nightline" Official proceeding will be followed by a theatrical performance of 'Wounded to Death' by Italian playwright Serena Dandini Sponsored by the…Read more

Infographic: Gender violence in Pakistan

The regions of Rawalpindi and Lahore had the highest number of reported cases of attacks on women. Alia Chughtai, Asad Hashim Last Modified: 12 Oct 2013 12:20 Source:  Read more

Indian gang-rape suspects appear in court

Five men accused of raping 23-year-old student in a bus face murder charges as judge bars media from attending trial. Five men accused of the gang rape and murder of an Indian student have appeared in a New Delhi court to hear charges against them. Following shouting and angry scenes in the packed court on Monday, the magistrate, Namrita Aggarwal, closed the hearing to the media and the public. The court was cleared and police were posted at its doors before the accused were brought in. "Keeping in view the sensitivity of this…Read more

Saudi Religious Leader Calls for Gang Rape of Syrian Women

He specified that the “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn.” January 2, 2013 A prominent Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa(a religious ordinance) that calls for the gang rape of Syrian women. Expressing frustration that the “warriors of Islam” fighting in Syria may be getting weary for the lack of sexual pleasure, the religious leader issued a decree that promotes hours-long “intercourse marriages.” The cleric, Muhammed al-Arifi, who is a leading jihadist religious figure, made it clear that his edict called for the gang…Read more