Changes in conservative Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a conservative country where women are not allowed to drive, hold political office, mix with unrelated relatives, and travel without permission from a male guardian. However, King Abdullah, often labeled a wary reformer, issued a ground- breaking

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Young girls are victims of FGM

Female genital mutilation is costing the lives of young girls, leaving others with severe physical complications, and causing deaths of young mothers who underwent the procedure. It is a cultural practice, that sometimes is given religious overtones, but practices by

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Tajikistan: Law on domestic violence

Tajikistan has had no laws to protect women who are victims of violence. Women have been offered neither protection or justice. The lower house of the parliament has passed a bill that may change that situation.

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Tajikistan: Poverty encourages early marriages

Tajikistan’s widespread poverty is a major cause of early marriage in the country, according to a report by the Eurasia Foundation. In rural families, boys become the main breadwinners and girls are often considered financial burdens.

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Bride Kidnapping: What’s the value of a woman?

Although bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan has primarily happened in the countryside, the illegal activity is taking place in Bishkek as well. As rural migrants flood into the city, young men too poor to afford the pageantry of a traditional wedding

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Music: a cause for arrest in Iran

Citizens are regularly threatened by police, or even taken in and given a formal warning for small immaterial details of their lives which are seen as moral transgressions. Listening to the ‘wrong’ kind of music, wearing unapproved clothing, women not

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