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PHILIPPINES: Medecins Sans Frontieres presses PNG on rampant sexual violence

The president of Medecins Sans Frontieres pressed Papua New Guinea's new government to address its epidemic levels of sexual and domestic violence Thursday, calling it a "humanitarian crisis".

Unni Karunakara was in the impoverished Pacific nation to visit MSF projects targeting family and sexual violence and met with officials from Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's new government to urge action on the pervasive issue.

CAMBODIA: Women speak out over Khmer Rouge sexual violence

For three decades the scars branded onto Kim Khem's arms have been a reminder of the sexual torture she saw under the Khmer Rouge. Now, aged 80, she is finally breaking her silence on the horrors of the past.

GEORGIA: Three Women Ministers in New Georgian Government

Late October, a new government was approved by the newly elected Georgian parliament. Many analysts call this a historical election – for the first time ever Georgia experienced a peaceful transition of power. And three of the key positions within the government went to women.

LIBYA: International Prosecutor Probes New Cases in Libya

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says she is collecting evidence for filing possible new war crimes charges against supporters and opponents of Moammar Gadhafi during last year's Libyan civil war.

NORTH AFRICA/ MIDDLE EAST: Women Fight to Define the Arab Spring

When Mabrouka M'barek is in the Tunisian capital these days, much of her time is spent writing a new constitution as an elected member of the National Constituent Assembly. It is a role the 32-year-old mother of two embraces with idealistic passion and more than a little amazement.

NORTH AFRICA/ MIDDLE EASt: Has the Arab Spring Been a Disaster for Women?

It's been almost two years since revolution swept across parts of the Arab world. Women organized and led demonstrations that toppled decades-old regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen -- and helped the rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

PHILIPPINES: Sectors in Caraga discuss Philippine National Action Plan

Representatives from faith-based organizations, business sector, academic institutions, media, civil society organizations, and government agencies convened on Tuesday for the orientation workshop on the implementation of the Philippine National Action Plan (PNAP): United Nation Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820.

EGYPT: Egyptian Women Fight Back Against Harassment

Egyptian bullies who sexually harass women in the streets, often taking advantage of mob situations and the anonymity these provide, are getting a taste of their own medicine – and they don't like it.

SYRIA: Syrian Women Convene in Cairo for Peace Initiative

Forty-four Syrian women from different civil society organizations and young independent activists convened in Cairo on 30 October for three days to launch the Syrian Women's Forum for Peace.

IRAN: Women Political Prisoners in Evin Prison, Still on Hunger Strike / Transport to Hospital Karami

According to information from the women's ward of Evin prison, Karami, detained political prisoners on hunger strike from Tuesday to take over.

The number of strikers had ten people.