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This Week in Women’s Rights 2018–10–15


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/15

“Thaghaleyn cultural institute is to manage the event which will be held on Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 2018 and Jan. 3 2019 respectively in the cities of Tehran, Mashhad and Qom, Shafaghna website reported on Monday.

The meeting subjects on the general principles of women’s rights in Islam, necessity of same religion in marriage, polygamy, women’s positions (management, judgment and authority).

It also deals with marriage rights, women’s alimony and family management including, education, employment after marriage, woman’s departure from home and husband’s permission.”


“TORONTO — Carey Mulligan is a letter writer.

As a young woman with acting aspirations, she wrote to Kenneth Branagh asking for advice after seeing him in “Henry V.” At 16, she wrote to “Mr. Eminem” to tell the rapper what a fan she was of “8 Mile.” After Julian Fellowes visited her school, she wrote to the screenwriter, too, forging a connection that led to meeting casting directors and ultimately landing a part in the 2005 film “Pride & Prejudice.”

“I didn’t have any way into the industry. I didn’t know what my route in was,” says Mulligan. “Sometimes, I feel compelled to write to someone to tell them how brilliant they are. I wrote to Amy Adams after ‘Arrival’ and I was like: ‘You are the best actress on the planet.’”

That Mulligan found her way by seizing it with something as old-fashioned as pen and paper is appropriate. Since her debut in “Pride & Prejudice,” her career has frequently been one of time travel. In a long string of period films, from her breakthrough in the 1961 London-set “An Education” to her latest, “Wildlife,” set in 1960s Montana, she has vividly brought to life portraits of women through history, women whose own paths were too constrained to be freed by sheer force of will and a stamp.”


“GENEVA (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia must immediately and unconditionally release all women it has detained for campaigning for human rights, officials mandated by the United Nations said on Friday.

Saudi authorities have detained more than a dozen women’s rights activists since May. Most campaigned for the right to drive — which was granted in June — and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.

Friday’s statement, from experts who report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, called for the release of six women.”


“WOMEN ARE grossly underrepresented in leadership roles in Myanmar and continue to experience widespread discrimination, despite comprising more than 50 percent of the population.

A sharp increase in reported cases of rape in recent years has prompted calls for a special law to protect women in Myanmar, which signed on to the United Nations Convention on Discrimination Against Women in 1997.

Campaigners for gender equality are concerned that most women have only a slim grasp of the laws that affect them.”


“It’s been 40 years since Italy legalized abortion with a landmark vote, but many women still struggle to access the procedure. The very law that decriminalizes abortion, in fact, contains a clause that exempts doctors and other medical personnel from performing a termination if they “have a conscientious objection, declared in advance.”

In this deeply Catholic country, where the division between church and state is still somewhat tenuous in practice, conscientious objectors have found it easier to progress in the health care system than nonobjectors. The number of Italian gynecologists who will not perform an abortion has increased from 58.7 percent in 2005 to a staggering 70.9 percent in 2016. And in some of Italy’s more conservative regions, fewer than 7 percent of doctors will carry out the procedure.

This means that women often have to visit several hospitals, encounter outright hostility and even travel hundreds of miles to find a doctor who will help them abort safely.”



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