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Syrian refugee girls speak out on forced marriage

February 24, 2014

Refugee girls from Syria recently took part in an International Rescue Committe project to maek animated videos about issues that affect them.  Through the workshop the girls became empowered to express themselves.  They gain knowledge about and shared their experiences with issues too taboo to talk about elsewhere.  One group worked on a story involving a 13-year old girl forced to leave school to marry a 20-year old man.  This is the video they created.


Wedding Crashers Shine a Spotlight on Child Marriage

February 20, 2014

It was late afternoon when 14-year-old Reshma was getting ready for her wedding at a beauty parlor in the Old City of Hyderabad. Reshma was one of 33 brides, all under the age of 18, to be married that night in an illegal ceremony at 3 a.m.

Sudan: Ethiopian Woman Gang Raped by Seven Sudanese Men, Denied from Making a Formal Complaint of Rape and Instead Charged with Adultery and Prostitution

February 20, 2014

Press Statement

14th February 2014

The Ethiopian woman in Khartoum, Sudan, who was gang raped by seven men, has been denied by the Attorney General the ability to make a formal complaint of rape and thus instigate a full investigation. She has instead been charged with adultery which carries the potential sentence of death by stoning.

Pakistani couple stoned to death for adultery; six arrested

February 18, 2014

A couple were stoned to death for adultery in a remote area of Pakistan's western Baluchistan province, an official said Monday, leading to six men being held on suspicion of murder.

 The couple, both married to other people, were believed to be in their 30s, said Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister for Baluchistan.

New Afghanistan law to silence victims of violence against women

February 4, 2014

Sign WLUML's petition against this law here

A new Afghan law will allow men to attack their wives, children and sisters without fear of judicial punishment, undoing years of slow progress in tackling violence in a country blighted by so-called "honour" killings, forced marriage and vicious domestic abuse.