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GEORGIA: IWPR Caucasus Builds Women's Rights Reporting Network

Journalists, bloggers and civil activists from Abkhazia and South Ossetia had a rare opportunity to meet their Georgian counterparts at an IWPR event designed to build regional advocacy and reporting networks.

Held in the Armenian capital Yerevan on June 22-25, the workshop was part of an ongoing project called Women Connecting For Peace – The Voice of Change, which IWPR is running in partnership with UN Women.

PALESTINE: Fatima Hajj: Every Palestinian Woman

I woke up early that Sunday morning last May to attend the Nakba Day at Kass-Kass Park, just outside of Shatila Palestinian refugee Camp in Beirut. I made a promise to Doha Abou Jamous—a young Palestinian resident of the Shatila Camp who I interviewed earlier in the week—that I would attend the festival to see her perform her dance recital.

IRAQ: Salbi Discusses Iraqi Women's Rights

Zainab Salbi, the founder of the nonprofit humanitarian organization Women for Women International and author of “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope,” criticized the United States for contributing to Iraqi women's diminishing social position in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq in a lecture in Filene Auditorium on Thursday.

AFGHANISTAN: Undercover Security: The Afghan Women Taking on the Taliban

The centre is part refuge, part meeting place. She is part tutor and part mentor to her visitors. But for the Taliban, she is all irritant: the insurgents have said they will kill her if they catch her.

SOUTH EAST ASIA: Penang's Women Lead Local Democracy

Over three consecutive days, ending Sep. 23, low-income residents of high-rise flats on River Road, Penang Island, cast ‘ballots' to compellingly indicate to planners their priorities.

PAKISTAN: 40 Million Women Registered With Computerized National Identity Cards

In August 2011, UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pakistan's National Database and Registration Authority to provide technical assistance, enhance institutional efforts and support gender responsive policies leading towards gender equality and the empowerment of women.

PAKISTAN: NA Speaker Fehmida Mirza Honoured

Japan's Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba accepted the Institute's International Peace Building Award on behalf of the Japanese people, who have provided critical economic and development assistance to Afghanistan.

The EasWest Institute's Board Chairman Ross Perot, presented the awards to the parliamentarians, the first to Fehmida Mirza.

AFGHANISTAN: Violence Stalks Women Workers in Afghanistan

With a severe limp and no control over her bladder — caused by the blade scraping her spinal cord — the 22-year-old can no longer work at the Ministry of Public Works, where she was a financial assistant before the assault.

NORTH AFRICA/ MIDDLE EAST: No Arab Spring Without the 'Flower' of Women's Rights

Nearly two years after the start of uprisings across the Arab world, Arab women are confronting the reality that toppling dictators was only the beginning of their fight for freedom and equality.

PHILIPPINES: Samar women recognized for peace efforts

Samar women were given recognition for their efforts to keep peace in the towns of San Jorge, Matuginao, and San Jose de Buan.

During the two-day seminar-workshop on women, peace, and security at Caluwayan Palm Beach Resort, Brgy. Caluwayan, Marabut, Samar last September 24-25, concerns on women surfaced.