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10/5/2000 - Lesbian and Gay Backlash Ignited In Namibia
Lesbians and gays in Namibia are outraged over a statement made by Home Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo urging police officers to "eliminate gays and lesbians from the face of Namibia." In the past, Minister Ekandjo compared homosexuality to murder....

10/5/2000 - Women May Gain Easier Access To Abortions In France
The French parliament will soon debate new legislation that seeks to liberalize abortion laws by extending the legal period for abortion to 12 weeks....

10/5/2000 - Taliban Lobbies for Recognition
Using military gains as leverage, the Taliban militia has met with high-level officials in France, the US and other countries to press for recognition as Afghanistans ruling government....

10/3/2000 - Optional Protocol To CEDAW Will Take Effect In 2000
One week ago the government of Italy placed the final signature required for implementation of the most important international protocol created to protect women's rights....

10/3/2000 - Human Rights Incorporated Into British Law
Women, immigrants, lesbians and gays applauded the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights in Great Britain this week....

9/28/2000 - Girls In Britain Endangered By Female Genital Mutilation
More than 3,000 young girls may be mutilated each year in Britain according to findings released by researchers....

9/28/2000 - Questionable Treatment Of Refugee And Asylum Seekers Continues In Australia
Three Somali asylum seekers have presented a request to Australian immigration officials to be sent home citing "depression, trauma and anxiety and mental pressure" within Australia's detention centers and therefore "prefer to go back to Somalia and die as innocent victims." The asylum seekers have been kept behind barbed-wire fences at the Port Headland detention center since arriving in Australia and submitting applications for asylum....

9/28/2000 - Cambodia Takes Stand Against Sex Tourism
Cambodia's Minister of Tourism Veng Seryvuth marked World Tourism Day by "declaring that it should no longer be seen as a destination for sex tourists....

9/22/2000 - The Plight Of Afghan Refugees
More than 2 million Afghans are living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran with the vast majority consisting of widowed women and children....

9/22/2000 - Swiss Parliament Accepts Abortion Rights Bill
On September 21st, Switzerland's upper House of Parliament passed an abortion rights bill, by a vote of 21 to 18, that would allow a woman to have an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy....

9/22/2000 - U.S. Will Oppose Taliban U.N. Spot
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced yesterday that the United States will oppose awarding the terrorist Taliban regime a seat at the United Nations....

9/20/2000 - France Hosts Diplomatic Talks With Brutal Taliban Regime
In a rare move in France diplomacy, senior French officials invited Taliban officials to diplomatic talks in Paris last week....

9/20/2000 - UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....

9/12/2000 - World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....

9/12/2000 - Fear Of Ethnic Cleansing By Taliban Displaces 100,000
Earlier this month, Taliban forces captured the northern city of Taloqan that borders Tajikistan....

9/12/2000 - Lesbian And Gay Marriages Fully Equal And Legalized In The Netherlands
For the first time ever, The Netherlands passed legislation this week fully legalizing same sex marriages including rights to divorce and adoption of children....

9/11/2000 - Educated Women Immigrants In Argentina Work As Domestics
Women Immigrants in the City of Buenos Aires, a study released by the Ecumenical Support Service for Immigrants and Refugees, indicates a great disparity between the level of education achieved by women who migrate to Argentina and income received....

9/11/2000 - Sudan High Court Temporarily Suspends Women's Work Ban
According to BBC World Service on September 9th, the Constitutional Court of Sudan suspended the women's work ban upon further investigation of it legality....

9/8/2000 - Pakistani Extremist Group Fire Shots At Women In Beauty Parlor
In less than 24-hours after issuing threats stating that unveiled women in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir would be shot in the leg, Lashker-e-Toiba militants fired shots at two women in a local beauty parlor....

9/8/2000 - Tokyo Police Face Criminal Charges For Ignoring Stalking Victims Pleas
Shiori Ino, a 21-year old college student, was stabbed to death inside of a Tokyo shopping mall stark daylight by men hired by her former boyfriend....

9/8/2000 - Breast Cancer Drug Possibly Linked To Endometrial Cancer
This week the Lancet medical journal reported that tamoxifen, a drug that has been used for twenty years to treat breast cancer, poses risks of endometrial cancer or cancer of the womb for women who use it long-term....

9/8/2000 - UNICEF Condemns Women's Employment Ban In Sudan
Deputy Director of UNICEF Karin Sham Poo condemned the decree barring women from working in public places....

9/7/2000 - UNICEF Condemns Women's Employment Ban In Sudan
Deputy Director of UNICEF Karin Sham Poo condemned the decree barring women from working in public places....

9/7/2000 - Extremist Group Threatens To Shoot Women Government Workers
The Pakistan-based extremist militia, Lashker-e-Toiba, issued a death threat on Thursday to 22,000 government workers in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir if they participated in a statewide census....

9/7/2000 - Turkey Bans Gay And Lesbian Tourists From Ancient Ruins
Some 800 gay and lesbian tourists were ordered to return to the cruise liner Olympic Voyager and denied access to the Turkish ancient ruins of Effuses by Turkish police....