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Legal aid for rape victim in Sudan

Garssila, a small village in war-torn Darfur, was the theatre of a shocking case in 2010, when a 13 year old girl was brutally raped by an adult man. Defying prevailing stereotypes and social taboos the girl and her family courageously took the case to court, seeking justice. To their shock, the Co more

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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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Lesson on HIV/AIDS advocacy

December 5, 2007 Kober Prison inmate educates fellow prisoners through HIV/AIDS prevention cartoons. When Amir Suleiman was jailed at Kober Prison in Khartoum for bankruptcy last year, he did his best to avoid contact with the other inmates. But Amir, a 37-year-old father of three, soon realized 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

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Local development helps integrating returning moroccan immigrants

Growing climate variability, intensifying droughts and diminishing water resources over the past decade, have been driving families of Ksar Laachouria and neighbouring oases, in Fezna, in Errachidia Tafilalt region of Morocco, out of the land they have lived on for many years. These fast-progressing more

Local municipal council members, heads of unions sharpen their mediation techniques

"In the event of any kind of conflict in my village, I will not hesitate to use my newly acquired mediation techniques and test my skills on the ground," explained Nathalie Badran from Asia Municipality in Batroun, North Lebanon. Badran, the only female participant in a program on advance 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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Managing resources for sustainability

The Arab region is home to nine of the world’s ten most waterscarce countries. With the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastal countries like Tunisia, water scarcity becomes an immediate concern. On the other hand, the region is rich in natural resources. Its desert climate ensure more