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Access to justice for the vulnerable in Egypt

On the steps of the Family Court in the Heliopolis neighborhood of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, ‘Ayesha’, who preferred not to give her real name, tells a story that is all too common. “My husband and I are divorced. I repudiated him. Then, he took my elder daughter, kidnapped her, and I did not know howmore

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Stemming child marriages in Zambia, one village at a time

Agnes Lungu, 56, still regrets the day she and her husband married off their 15 year-old daughter to a man they chose, for a bride price to help solve the family's problems. “I did not know about the harmful consequences of child marriage, and I feel very guilty I did this. It’s a wrong practice andmore

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DR Congo: Legal clinics help victims of sexual violence

Julie* is just 10 years old. She is one of the clients at the legal clinic in Muganga, North Kivu. The clinic works to support victims of sexual violence and give them new hope. Julie’s father did not understand what had happened to his daughter and decided to punish her by keeping her out of schoolmore

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Haiti: Accessibility and women’s participation for better elections

Ketizia Brunard lost an arm in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. Determined to fully exercise her civil and political rights, the 26-year-old is looking forward to voting in the next legislative elections. “I hope that people with reduced mobility can have a say in electing the nemore

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Indonesia: a political ground shift for women

Sahanan thought her chance of being elected to the Lampung Provincial Parliament in Indonesia on last year’s parliamentary poll was next to none. Tina Chadarsi, jostling for a district parliamentary seat in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, had similar misgivings.  They were running against at least domore

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Egypt: An integrated approach to fighting FGM

In the village of Beir Anbar in the district of Keft, Egypt, young children and village elders alike gathered in the community centre.  A choir of school girls came forward to chant a jingle: ‘I am born perfect with my body whole. Why do you want to cut us, and take away the rights that God gavmore

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