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Council of Europe: Convention to Prevent and Combat Violence Against Women Enters into Force

(Aug. 12, 2014) On August 1, 2014, the Council of Europe (COE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence entered into force, following its ratification by 14 signatories, which are all COE Member States: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Pregnant Women Retain Their Work Status

(June 30, 2014) On June 19, 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that a pregnant woman who was a French citizen working in the United Kingdom was entitled to income support after she discontinued her job in the United Kingdom. The woman, who had worked in the UK for a number of years, […]

Namibia: Electoral Law Amendment Planned

(June 23, 2014) According to a June 12, 2014, news report, the Government of Namibia is urgently planning to amend the law on elections. The revision would add a clause on the parliamentary lists parties must create before the next general election, scheduled for November of this year. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology […]

Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan): Increased Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Proposed

(Apr. 15, 2014) On March 27, 2014, the legislature of Kyrgyzstan initiated amendments to the country’s Criminal Code that provide for increased punishments for crimes associated with involving other persons in prostitution. (Punishment for Involvement in Prostitution Will Be Increased in Kyrgyzstan [in Russian], LENTA.RU (Mar. 27, 2014).) If the amendments are passed, the crime […]

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 […]