• First hearing of murder case of İda held 

    In July, 13-year-old İda El-Hemud El-Sedo was killed by her father, brother, and cousin in the Hesekê (Al-Hasakah) city of NE Syria. A video showing how she was killed was shared on social media and sparked anger among women and women’s organizations. The first hearing of the murder case was held yesterday. “We will struggle until justice is delivered,” said Evin Paşo, a member of the Kongreya Star Coordination in Hesekê.

  • Gender-based violence increases in Yemen 

    Yemeni women and children living in conflict regions continue to bear heavier burdens while women in other regions face mounting gender-based violence. Many NGOs, government institutions have launched many activities to raise awareness about gender-based violence to mark the 16 Days Activism campaign.

  • Iranian student activist Leila Hosseinzadeh sentenced to 5 years in prison 

    Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the five-year prison sentence against Leila Hosseinzadeh, a student activist of the University of Tehran.

  • Campaign in Lebanon for gender equality 

    KAFA (enough) Violence and Exploitation has launched a campaign demanding gender equality in Lebanon as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

  • Monia Ben Jemia: Tunisian women should unite against violence 

    Monia Ben Jemia, Tunisian law professor, stressed that the discriminatory laws in Tunisia should be abolished to prevent violence against women. “Women should unite against violence,” she said.

  • Turkish Court of Cassation reverses prison sentence given to Şehriban Dinç’s killer 

    Şehriban Dinç was shot and killed in Van province in 2016 by her husband Esat Dinç. The Van 1st High Criminal Court sentenced him to life in prison. However, the Turkish Court of Cassation considered the killer’s defense saying, “I killed her because she cheated on me,” and reversed the verdict. The killer will appear in court again.

  • Unofficial religious marriages deprive Iraqi women of their rights 

    Iraqi women and girls have been forced into unofficial religious marriages and then they have children without any ID card and these children cannot go to school because they don’t have any ID card. “Unofficial religious marriages deprive Iraqi women and girls and their children of their rights,” feminist and activist Jannat Al-Ghazi told us.

  • 12-year-old girl saved from child marriage by women in Iraq 

    A 12-year-old girl was attempted into a forced marriage with a man who sexually abused her by her father. Her mother shared a video on social media to ask for help. Women in the country launched a campaign to save the child from forced marriage. The man has reportedly been arrested and the mother gets custody of her daughter.

  • Women in Iraq resist also in their working lives 

    The number of women in the Iraqi labor market is very low. Women, who take part in the labor market despite many pressures and obstacles, are paid low wages or work in working areas they don’t want.

  • Increasing violence reaches dangerous level in Tunisia 

    Tunisian women activists say the increasing violence against women has reached dangerous level in Tunisia. “Urgent measures should be taken and awareness-raising campaigns should be launched to prevent violence,” they say.

  • Campaign against online child abuse in Morocco 

    A campaign has been launched in Morocco to protect children from violence, exploitation, and abuse on the internet. Meryem Behri, the director of Smile Reda Association, spoke to our news agency about the campaign and called on children to not remain silent and contact them when they face online violence and abuse.

  • Journalist Nurcan Yalçın sentenced to more than 3 years in prison 

    Journalist Nurcan Yalçın has been sentenced to three years, seven months, and 22 days in prison. The Coalition for Women in Journalism condemns the decision and calls for its immediate annulment.

  • “I will continue to struggle,” says Ciwana Ebdulbaqi, who resists torture for 71 days 

    RJAK member Ciwana Ebdulbaqi, who was released after being arrested by the KDP forces for 71 days, told us that she had been subjected to torture because she hadn’t accepted the accusations against her. “I will continue to struggle for women,” she said.

  • Interview with Moroccan researcher Nezha Sadik: No peace without equality 

    Nezha Sadik, a researcher and consultant on gender studies and communication and co-founder of the Women for Diversity and Peace, announced that they have launched an initiative named “Women and Coexistence.” Mentioning women’s role in peace processes, she said, “Peace is not possible in an unequal world, and society cannot develop without women's rights.”

  • Hearing of Eren Keskin, 3 journalists postponed 

    Journalist Sadiye Eser, Mezopotamya News Agency (MA) reporter Sadık Topaloğlu, Eren Keskin, the former editor-in-chief of Özgür Gündem newspaper, and Reyhan Çapan, the former managing editor of the newspaper, appeared in the court today.

  • Iraqi women criticize patriarchal laws 

    While Iraqi laws don’t protect women, some articles are in favor of men. Stating that the laws in the country are patriarchal laws, Esra Mehmud Selman demanded the abolition of the laws against women. “We push the parliament to abolish or amend the laws. We need equal laws,” she said.

  • Rania Al-Sultan: Women should be economically empowered 

    Rania Al-Sultan, the field coordinator of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees (UPWC), drew attention to the economic violence against women in Gaza, “Women need programs that economically empower them.”

  • Rape of 4-year-old child in Gaza sparks anger: Arrest the criminal 

    A police officer named Samer Ghanam raped his four-year-old niece. Human rights defenders demand the criminal be immediately arrested and punished.

  • Child abuse in Sur: Father arrested, child put under protection 

    A father has been arrested for sexually abusing his child in the Sur district of Diyarbakır, the child has been reportedly put under protection. The father has been reported that he inflicted violence against his children and wife for years.

  • Violence against women increases in Egypt 

    5.6 million Egyptian women are annually subjected to domestic violence, according to the report of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights. While the laws in the country cannot protect women from violence, women take to the streets to raise awareness of the public against violence. “Our society can change when our families change,” the activists say.