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Saudi Arabia: Proposed Change to Give Widows, Divorced Women More Independence

(Dec. 7, 2015) According to a December 2, 2015, report in Al Riyadh, a state-aligned newspaper, women in Saudi Arabia who are divorced or widowed will soon be able to transact some business without prior approval of a male relative or a court order.  The report stated that the Interior Ministry will issue family identity […]

Kyrgyzstan: Reproductive Rights Now Specified by Law

(Nov. 17, 2015) On July 4, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, signed the Law on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens. (Law of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan No. 148 on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens (Law No. 148) (July 4, 2015), Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic website (in Russian).) This Law […]

Estonia: Access to Abortions Simplified for Minors

(July 28, 2015) On February 12, 2015, the President of Estonia signed into law amendments to the Act on Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization, which entered into force on March 2, 2015. (Act on the Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization (as amended on Jan. 29, 2015), RIIGI TEATAJA [Estonia’s official gazette] I, 11/2015, […]

Germany: Federal Constitutional Court Declares Child Care Allowance Act Unconstitutional

(July 27, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) ruled that the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament) lacked the legislative power to enact provisions on the care allowance (Betreuungsgeld), which provides money to stay-at-home parents. (BVerfG, 1 BvF 2/13, July 21, 2015 (in German).) The provisions of the Federal Act on […]

Cameroon: Far North Region Bans Burka, Face-Covering Veils

(July 22, 2015) It was reported on July 17, 2015, that Cameroon’s Far North Region instituted a ban on July 15 against women wearing burkas (a covering for the face and the whole body) and veils that cover the face. The ban comes in the aftermath of two suicide bombings, said to have been instigated […]

Afghanistan: President Ghani Nominates First Female Supreme Court Justice

(June 26, 2015) Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani nominated the country’s first female justice to the Afghan Supreme Court in mid-June 2015. Anisa Rasouli, currently the head of the Juvenile Appeals Court, will become the first female Supreme Court justice in Afghanistan if she receives a vote of confidence from the lower house of the […]

Indonesia: Court Rejects Two Challenges to Marriage Act

(June 25, 2015) On June 18, 2015, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi) released its decisions on two petitions for judicial review of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage (Marriage Law). (Undang-undang Nomor 1 Tahun 1974 Tentang Perkawinan, Ministry of Religious Affairs website,(in Indonesian); Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 1 of the […]

Indonesia: Curfew for Women in Provincial Capital

(June 16, 2015) Women in Banda Aceh, the capital city of Indonesia’s Aceh Province, are now subject to a partial curfew. Under a June 4, 2015, order from Mayor Illiza Sa’aduddin Djamal, restaurants, sports venues, Internet cafes, and tourist attractions are forbidden to host or serve women after 11:00 p.m., unless those women are accompanied […]

United Kingdom: Bill to Provide Transparency in Pay to Reduce Gender Inequalities

(May 13, 2015) The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill is about to be debated in the House of Lords. This bill will allow the Secretary of State of the United Kingdom to introduce regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 that would require employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about the […]

Germany: Gender Quotas for Large Companies and for Federal Bodies

(Mar. 17, 2015) Germany’s Parliament has adopted a law aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership positions in the private and public sectors. The Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s Parliament, passed the law on March 6, 2015. (Colleen Mallick, German Parliament Approves Gender Quota Legislation for Large Companies, PAPER CHASE (Mar. 6, […]