Author: Cassie Ransom

Pakistan’s Women’s Rights Organizers Accused Of Blasphemy

Accusations of blasphemy are being used by conservatives in Pakistan to discredit the organizers of the annual “Aurat Azadi March”  (Women’s Freedom March). The Pakistan Penal code treats blasphemy as a criminal offence punishable by fines, incarceration or death. The law is frequently exploited to persecute minorities and groups perceived

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Court Fails To Overturn Loujain al-Hathloul’s Sentence

On March 10, Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul’s attempt to appeal her sentence was denied by Saudi courts. Hathloul was sentenced to six years imprisonment in December for charges related to national security, although critics argue that the charges were politically motivated. She was released in mid-February but is

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Switzerland Passes Ban On Facial Coverings

Switzerland is set to pass a new ban on face coverings following a 51.2 per cent majority on Sunday’s referendum, joining Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Latvia and Bulgaria. The ban was championed by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), a right-wing populist political party whose alleged aim was to ‘stop

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Peace And The Council For Inclusive Capitalism

The recently formed Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican seeks to foster a more equitable financial system. The Council was announced in December of 2020 and comprises a group of CEOs and global leaders in collaboration with Pope Francis.  The group hopes to realise a model of capitalism which

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Loujain al-Hathloul: Released But Not Free

Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from Saudi jail on February 10, 2021. Hathloul spent a total of almost three years in prison and was allegedly tortured, although the Saudi government has denied these claims. Hathloul was convicted of posing a threat to state security just six weeks

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What Will Become Of Trump’s Anti-Abortion Declaration?

On the 28th of January, President Biden released a memorandum intended to reverse the harm to women’s reproductive healthcare inflicted by the Trump administration. Among other things, the memorandum ordered the withdrawal of the U.S’s signature and sponsorship of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a controversial international anti-abortion declaration. The declaration

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Iran Close to Passing New Laws Against Domestic Violence

A new bill protecting women against domestic violence has been drafted and approved by Iran’s cabinet as of January 3rd. The bill, named the Protection, Dignity and Security of Women Against Violence Bill, has been in progress for over a decade and is largely attributable to the work of women’s

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