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A bill to abolish laws that discriminate against women in Pakistan has been presented before Pakistan's parliament. The Protection and Empowerment of Women Bill has received split views from members of Parliament. According to BBC News, conservatives want to keep the current laws because they were made in the name of Islam under General Zia-ul-Haw in 1979.
The Women Members of Parliament are accusing Parliamentary leadership of ignoring international protocols in ensuring gender balance.
The women say they should be given at least 30% of all leadership positions, which is not the current case.
The matter was raised by MP Cecilia Ogwal, supported by Beti Amongi and the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after the NRM had assigned its members to the various committees.
THE year 2010 began with a political showdown on the side of women, especially those in the opposition. On January 18, the Police arrested 33 women from the Inter-party cooperation (IPC) who had stormed the Electoral Commission (EC) offices demanding the resignation of commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu and his team.
As ACFODE celebrates her 26th birthday this month, and as the country prepares for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), ACFODE wishes to express concern over the high levels of violence against women in Uganda, and to emphasize that such acts are a violation of their human rights, peaceful existence in homes, communities and in the nation.
In what appeared to be the first burst of activism in months not related to the disputed presidential election, about 1,200 Iranians signed a statement against a bill that would further curb women's rights, the feminist Web site Change for Gender Equality reported.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL has pledged support to a bill, seeking 30% women involvement in public offices here.
The Somali Ministry of Development and Social Affairs is drafting a bill that outlines a new gender policy for the country and safeguards women's rights, particularly in politics and education.
The proposed legislation is part of a wide-ranging government programme that aims to promote women's rights and support their access to education, health services and participation in governance.
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