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INDIA: Millions March Against Violence Against Women in India

In a historical protest against sexual violence against women hundreds of thousands of angry women and men spontaneously gathered in the streets in India, following the brutal 16 December gang rape and murder of a 23 year old student in Delhi.

Sharansky's New Mission: Impossible?

Natan Sharansky, chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was in New York for a quick two-day trip last week, meeting with a variety of American Jewish leaders on his newest assignment: seeking to resolve the conflict between women who want to hold prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and traditionalists who oppose them on religious grounds.

KURDISTAN: 'Deep,' Old Habits on Kurdish Women's killings

If sorted out from the floating theories on the culprits and their motivations, what the execution-style killings of three female Kurdish activists in Paris showed was that the conflicting parties, and third actors, of the long-standing conflict in Turkey over the Kurdish issue still maintain their deep-rooted, old habits.

IRAN: New Bill Being Considered in Iran Could Threaten Women's Rights to Travel and Obtain a Passport

Women across Iran could be facing a new restriction on their freedom.

The national security committee of the Iranian parliament is considering a new passport bill, that would severely limit women's right to travel.

It's already very restricted.

Right now, all Iranians under the age of 18 - both male and female - must get permission from their father before they can leave the country.

ISRAEL: Arab Woman Leads Israeli Daam Party

An Arab woman who's been toiling on the fringes of Israeli politics for nearly two decades has broken out of obscurity in this year's election with a nonconformist message that's resonating with protest voters.

The message of the Daam Party is as unconventional as its leader, Asma Aghbaria-Zahalka.

PAKISTAN: Petition for Direct Election of Women

A civil society activist on Tuesday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking direct elections of women on reserved seats in the parliament.

The petitioner, Gul Zari Khan, also requested the court to order the political parties to hold intra-party elections.

AFGHANISTAN: Casey, Karzai Discuss Women's Rights

Democratic Senator Bob Casey and a handful of other senators met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington, D.C., to discuss the upcoming 2014 election and women's rights in the war-laden country.

IRAN: Female Officers to Join Iran's Riot Police: Report

A women's unit is being created for Iran's riot police, Brigadier General Hassan Karami told the country's semi-official Mehr News agency.

Karami said the new contingent has received approval and “the missions for the female unit in the Riot Police have been defined according to operations in investigation, in-action, arrest, transport, and interrogation sections," according to Mehr.

LEBANON: Malaysian Female Peacekeepers Head to Lebanon

Ten female soldiers from Malaysia are expected in Lebanon on Tuesday to serve for six months with the Malaysian contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Malaysia's National News Agency reported.