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Amnesty International has condemned the Brazilian Supreme Court's blocking of a reinterpretation of a 1979 Amnesty Law that protects members of the former military government from being put on trial for extrajudicial killings, torture and rape.
Latin America is no stranger to female leaders, but not many can match the radical political trajectory of Dilma Rousseff, the 62-year-old onetime Marxist guerrilla leader who stands to become Brazil's first female president.
It's Friday night, and in a "favela" (shanty town) in this Brazilian city, a group of men relax with a beer after a hard week, while a song can be heard above the rowdy chatter.
If Brazilian voters elect a woman president next month, what might have appeared to be isolated developments in Chile and Argentina would start to look more like a trend in the southern countries of South America.
A woman is killed every two hours in Brazil and this average puts the country in 12th place among nations registering the most violent deaths of women, a study has said. Most of the victims are killed by relatives, husbands, boyfriends, former partners or men they rejected, the 2010 Map of Violence study said Tuesday.
The peace imposed on the more than 200,000 people living in the Complexo do Alemão group of favelas in Rio de Janeiro by Brazil's military police is helping to pave the way for the recognition of basic human rights.
It's another day marked by gunfire in the Morro da Providencia "favela", one of the most dangerous slums in this Brazilian city, and the only area where people can move around in relative safety is in the lower part of the neighbourhood, towards the foot of the hill.
On June 22, the Law on Violence Against Women entered into force in Nicaragua, with the approval of its rules of procedure five months after the bill passed in the National Assembly. It carries a penalty of 25-30 years of jail time for a man who kills a woman with whom he had a relationship, including current or former romantic partners, family members, or friends.
Iran's conservative establishment appears to have reacted coldly to an entreaty by Brazil's president to allow an Iranian woman convicted of adultery to take asylum in Brazil rather than face execution by stoning at home.
The NDP is joining forces with the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) to urge the Conservative government to finally take action to end violence against Aboriginal women.
There are signs of positive action to counter the culture of gender-based violence in Katanga province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.
Perhaps the most significant step taken in recent months has been the creation of a new police unit to protect young women and girls, which was officially inaugurated in the provincial capital Lubumbashi on April 21.
Saudi Arabia has passed legislation aimed at protecting women, children and domestic staff against domestic abuse, a human rights official said on Thursday.
The protection from abuse law is the first of its kind in a country that has often been criticised for lacking legislation that protects women and domestic workers against abuse.
Earlier this year, Sharia police arrested a 20-year-old college student and her boyfriend for indecency; they had been spending time together even though they were not legally married.
Her boyfriend was released, but she was detained and then allegedly raped by three policemen. Two of the men are on trial, while the third is at large.
The Brazilian Constitution guarantees women the same rights as men, yet women lag behind men in both political and economic status throughout the country. Brazil has not been involved in any armed conflicts recently, though there were protests in response to the mistreatment of poor residents and labourers leading up to the World Cup. Women in Brazil, though equal under the law, face discrimination based on lingering traditions. Brazil ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1984. Brazil is currently ranked at number 62 of the 136 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Local organizations, including the National Council on Women’s Rights, and women across the country are working to guarantee the security and protection of Brazilian women.“Reality has changed, and we changed with it. However, I never changed sides. I have always been on the side of justice, democracy and social equality.” - Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
The PeaceWomen Team
This time of year is always particularly poignant for women's human rights advocates around the world. It is a time that includes a number of days dedicated to highlighting three issues that affect many women closely: Violence against Women, HIV/AIDS and violations of human rights in general.THIS ISSUE OF 1325 PEACEWOMEN E-NEWS FEATURES:
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