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Swaziland: Call for More Women in Parliament

(Mar. 21, 2014) A prominent human rights activist has called on the parliament of Swaziland to live up to the constitutional requirement for participation of women in the legislature. Doo Aphane, a Swazi lawyer and Director of Women for Women Development Consultancy, said that women have a right and an obligation to participate fully in […]

Kenya: Parliament Passes Matrimonial Property Bill, Affects Equal Sharing of Assets in Divorce

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 12, 2013, Kenya’s Parliament passed the Matrimonial Property Bill, 2013, with key amendments that some argue will adversely affect the ability for stay-at-home women to gain an equal share of assets in divorce. (John Ngirachu, MPs Pass Contentious Matrimonial Property Bill, DAILY NATION (Nov. 12, 2013).) The amendments passed due […]

Sweden: Amended Transgender Law Now in Force

(Jan. 11, 2013) Effective January 1, 2013, <?Sweden's Law 1972:119 on the Determination of Sex in Some Cases (hereinafter Sex Determination Law) was extensively amended. Among other changes, a compulsory sterilization requirement (previously under§ 1) has been abolished; sex-change applicants no longer need to be unmarried or be Swedish nationals (one must just be registered […]

Netherlands: Legislative Proposal on Transgendered Individuals

(Sept. 25, 2012) On August 24, 2012, Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice in the <?Netherlands, submitted to the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament a legislative proposal that would affect the civil status of transgendered persons. (Legislative Proposal on Transgenders to Lower House, Government of the Netherlands portal (Aug. 24, 2012).) […]

Saudi Arabia: Arrest of Woman for Driving

(June 2, 2011) Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman, was arrested in Dammam on May 21, 2011, for posting a clip on YouTube showing her driving a car. Dammam is the largest city of the oil-rich Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities held a press conference the same day to address the issue of […]

Taiwan: Law Implementing CEDAW Adopted

(May 31, 2011) On May 20, 2011, Taiwan's highest-level legislative body, the Legislative Yuan, adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Taiwan is not a U.N. member and therefore was unable to be a signatory to the document, but the adoption of […]

Israel: Law to Expand the Representation of Women

(May 11, 2011) On March 30, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Expansion of Adequate Representation of Women (Amendments) Law, 5771-2011. The Law requires adequate representation of women in commissions of inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Law, 5729-1968 and under the Government Law, 5761-2001. In an effort to expand women's participation in commissions […]

Israel: Gender-Separate Sidewalks in Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) Jerusalem Neighborhood Illegal

(Sept. 29, 2010) On September 28, 2010, the High Court of Justice, based on an agreement reached between the state and the petitioners, quashed a petition to enforce a state law that enables equal freedom of movement for both men and women in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem. The petition, which […]

France: Gender Identity Disorder Dropped from List of Mental Illnesses

(Feb. 17, 2010) The French Ministry of Health has issued a decree that removes gender identity disorder, also referred to as transsexualism, from the list of officially recognized mental illnesses. The Decree 2010-125, of February 8, 2010, was published in the official gazette of February 10, 2010. (Décret 2010-125 du 8 février 2010 portant modification […]

France: Highlights of Parliamentary Report on Wearing of Burqa in France

(Feb. 17, 2010) On January 26, 2010, the President of the National Assembly published on the Assembly website the report prepared by the Parliamentary Commission to Study the Wearing of the Full Veil in France. (Assemblée Nationale, Rapport d’information au nom de la mission d’information sur la pratique du port du voile intégral sur le […]