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Legal aid help the vulnerable in Darfur protect their rights

Women and girls continue to suffer from widespread insecurity in the conflict-ridden region of Darfur. For 13-year old Aisha, her childhood ended when she was brutally raped by an adult man while on the way to the market of the small town of Garssila, in former West Darfur, now Central Darfur.   more

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Legal aid offices help get families' lives back on track in Egypt

The majority of litigants facing family conflicts are women and children, mostly from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Divorced women in particular suffer to earn the right of guardianship and alimony. Many of them fear the prospect of resorting to lawyers and going to courts and view it as an un more

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Libya's historic elections: Youth activists pave way for future role

When Ayman Ramdan, a student at the University of Tripoli in Libya, left his home early on 28 June, he had a long day ahead of him. With just over a week before the country’s first free multi-party elections in six decades, he was joining 15 other student activists for the Open Day to Encourage Elec more

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Libyans turn out to vote in landmark elections, women’s role lauded

Millions of Libyans went to the polls Sunday to vote in the country’s first free nationwide elections in nearly five decades, to select representatives to the General National Congress (GNC) which will serve as an interim parliament as they draft a new constitution. The 200-seat GNC replaces the Na more

Making justice accessible: the role of the Somalian women lawyers association

The Association of Somali Women Lawyers (ASWL) has made a significant contribution to increasing access to legal justice in Somaliland. The association has continued to provide free legal aid to individuals tried in regional or district courts in Somaliland, leading to speedy hearings and rulings i more

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My voice for her: supporting women candidates

283 women candidates from across Libya participated in the launch of the “My Voice for Her” national awareness campaign for women candidates that took place in Tripoli on 25 June 2012. The campaign attracted the attention of the Libyan Government, civil society, international community and the popul more

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National Assembly moves forward

The Kuwaiti people's relationship with the National Assembly is a longstanding one. Ever since its inception, the National Assembly has not only been a forum for the Kuwaiti people to address their concerns, but also a symbolic figure of good governance - one that set the state apart from its regio more

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Promoting responsible practices in business

By Arouna Roshanian, UNDP Iraq Last weekend history was made in Iraq- the United Nations Development Programme took the lead together with the Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers to launch the UN Global Compact Iraq Local Network from the Hall of Parliament in the Iraqi capital Baghd more

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Raising awareness on Kuwaiti family law

Raising awareness to promote gender equality and, in turn, the standards of living of Kuwaiti families is crucial to creating a healthy environment for humans to functions. Therefore, a greater understanding of law and its protections can guide a society with the needed to tools in prosper and deve more

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Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hec more

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