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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 […]

Nauru: Lawmakers Agree to CEDAW Ratification

(Dec. 8, 2009) On November 30 and December 1, 2009, Nauru’s parliamentarians met to discuss the advantages and challenges of ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). (Press Release, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Nauru MPs Commit to Ratifying CEDAW (Dec. 7, 2009), available at; treaty text […]

United Arab Emirates: Federal Judgeship for Women

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 6, 2008, the Minister of Justice of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mohammed Bin Nakhira al-Daheri, said that the Ministry of Justice is amending the law to allow women to serve in the federal judiciary. He added that women are being trained at the Judicial Institute and will be prepared […]

India: Women May be Employed as Bartenders

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 6, the Supreme Court of India annulled as unconstitutional a colonial-era statute that prohibited women, as well as men under the age of 25, from working as bartenders. The ruling gives women the equal opportunity to work as bartenders in India, and lowers the permissible age for bartenders from 25 […]