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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....

9/7/2000 - U.S. Marine Sentenced For Sexual Assault Of Okinawan Girl
Kenny K....

9/5/2000 - Brundtland Announces Support Of Women's Political Quotas In India
Gro Harlem Brundtland the director-general of the World Health Organization vocally announced her unyielding support for a quota system that would reserve a third of the seats in India's Parliament for women....

9/5/2000 - Women In Sudan Banned From Working
The governor of Sudan's Khartoum state, Mazoub Khalifa, announced a decree banning women in the capitol city of Khartoum from working "in public places where they are in direct contact with men." Kalifa states that the decree, "is to honour women, uphold their lofty status and put them in the appropriate place that respects the values and observes the tradition of our nation." A survey conducted this week in Khartoum found that the decree was observed in public places where women university students worked. Sudan has long held a less than favorable record on women's human rights that continues with its refusal to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....

9/5/2000 - Man Fined For Drugging Woman
An Australian man was fined $3,000 for using ecstasy to spike the drink of an unsuspecting young woman in a Melbourne bar....

9/1/2000 - Fears Of Asian Sex Trade Increase In Case Of Kidnapped British Woman
A former British Airways fight attendant, Lucie Blackman, disappeared in Tokyo on July 1 and now is believed to been forced into sexual slavery....

9/1/2000 - Prosecutors In China Charge Man With Rape And Murder Of 19 Women
According to Chinese officials, Gu Guangfan launched a two-year killing spree targeting prostitutes in 1997 to avenge his 1989-rape conviction....

9/1/2000 - Taliban Announces Rules For United Nations Aid To Afghanistan
Taliban officials have drafted rules stating that the United Nations must base its humanitarian relief efforts in the capital city of Kabul, use the Afghan banking system for financial transactions and allow the Taliban to vet all staff....

8/31/2000 - Australia Treatment Of Aborigines And Refugee Seekers Criticized By U.N.; Australia Threatens To Revoke Any U.N. Involvement Including CEDAW Optional Protocol
Earlier this year the Australian government came under criticism by the United Nations (U.N.) because of discriminatory policies....

8/31/2000 - African Girl Assaulted During Racial Attack
A 14-year old African girl was assaulted by attendants of a store in the Republic of South Africa's Northern Province....

8/31/2000 - Prominent Burmese Woman Political Leader's Human Rights Suppressed
Aung San Suu Kyi, the first woman from Southeast Asia to win the Nobel Peace Prize, is currently protesting the Burmese (Myanmar) military restrictions on her freedom of movement....

8/30/2000 - Women's Rights Protesters In Mexico Force Legislatures To Overturn Anti-Abortion Bill
Earlier this month legislatures in the state of Guanajuato passed a bill blocking women's access to abortion even in cases of rape....

8/30/2000 - Woman In India Tortured For Two-Months Over Dowry
A 20-year old woman was chained to a bed, beaten and denied sufficient amounts of food for a period of two months by the family of her husband because of failure to meet the family's dowry demand....

8/30/2000 - Six-Year Old Northern Ireland Girl Abducted By Sex Attacker
A six-year old girl was taken from her hotel room and sexually assaulted on the hotel grounds while vacationing with her family in Majorca....

8/29/2000 - Women Integrate Bangladesh Armed Forces
Bangladesh has become the third South Asian country to integrate its armed forces by allowing women to serve as officers....

8/29/2000 - Taliban Observers Barred From Olympic Games
Last week, after denying the Talibans request to send athletes to the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to allow two Afghan observers to attend the games....

8/29/2000 - Female Athletes And Viewers Central To Sydney Olympics
Women athletes will play a prominent role in the upcoming Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as 270 American women compete against 4,100 women from around the world, the largest number of females ever to compete in the games....

8/25/2000 - Saudi Arabia Will Sign CEDAW, With Restrictions
Saudi Arabia announced earlier this week that it would sign the Convention On the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....

8/25/2000 - Workplace Obstacles For Women Force Government Birthrate Incentives
Japanese culture and work environment where business meetings often begin after 6:00 p.m., where working unpaid overtime is routine and expected, and where employee transfers to different cities are frequent, force many Japanese working women to prioritize their jobs over bearing and raising children....

8/25/2000 - Women Sweep High-Level Constitutional Posts In New Zealand
The recent appointment of former high court judge Dame Silvia Cartwright as governor general of New Zealand marks a significant victory for women, as all of the country's top constitutional posts are now held by females....

8/25/2000 - Smeal and Leno Unveil Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan unveiled a Back to School Campaign - a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women and girls under the Taliban, which has banned them from attending schools, working or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....

8/24/2000 - Smeal and Leno Unveil Back To School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundations Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan today unveiled a Back to School Campaign a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women under the Taliban, which has banned women and girls from attending schools, working, or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....

8/24/2000 - Hollywood Joins Feminist Majority Foundation Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Mavis Leno, chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, joined by her husband Jay Leno, the Rugrat's Cheryl Chase, and Boy Meets World's Trina McGee-Davis, together with Katherine Spillar, national coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation, today unveiled a Back to School Campaign....

8/23/2000 - South African Women At Highest Risk For HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS, the leading cause of death in Africa, disproportionately affects African women....

8/23/2000 - Britain Supports Creation Of International Criminal Court
The British government is planning to announce later this week that it will support the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC)....