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United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Leaving Teen Girls to the Taliban

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nina Burleigh

One way to help Malala and the girls she represents is for other Muslims to consistently object to barbarism from the mosques and minarets of Europe, the U.S., the Middle East and elsewhere.

Mark Day of the Girl by Allowing Yemeni Girls a Childhood

Rothna Begum | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rothna Begum

Child marriage makes headlines when a young girl dies after her wedding night. Yet we rarely hear the stories of thousands of other girls who marry as children and live to suffer the consequences.

Ramadan Reflection Day 29: Four Women I Met and The Prayer They Asked Us To Make

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Four different women I met during Ramadan asked me to pray for them and to ask others as well. In these last hours of Ramadan, I would ask that you all join me and keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Giving Girls a Chance at a Real Future With Real Choices

Jennifer Redner | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Redner

As a key player in shaping global development priorities -- priorities that include education, health care, food security, economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls -- the United States has an important role in ending early and forced marriage worldwide.

Child and Forced Marriage in South Sudan

Matthew Rullo | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Matthew Rullo

As we celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th, governments around the world should honor girls by giving them the tools they need to grow into the healthy, educated, economically independent women they have the potential to be.

Why The Arab World Needs A New Wave Of Feminism -- And Who Could Lead It

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Choosing to share their bed with Islamist misogynists, feminists are betraying their Muslim sisters. At the same time, they forgo historic feminist ideals based on absolute values and guarantees provided by international protocols.

Selling Children Is Against Islam

Ani Zonneveld | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Ani Zonneveld

It is time for lay-leaders, clerics and religious judges who flagrantly contradict the Quran to be by-passed as irrelevant and pariahs of our society. They should instead be forced to answer: Why are they defending an oppressive pre-Islamic culture?

Forced Marriage Between Elderly Man And Teen Girl Prompts Outrage

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

The contentious marriage between a teenage girl and a man more than four times her age has renewed debate in Saudi Arabia about the country's open acc...

WATCH: Is Arranged Marriage Forced Marriage?

Posted 05.31.2012 | Weddings

Is arranged marriage a stifling, outdated practice or is it just a more family-oriented way of finding love? On Wednesday, CNN examined the pros an...

Why Forcing Someone Into Marriage May Soon Land You In Prison

AP | By DAVID STRINGER | Posted 12.10.2011 | Weddings

LONDON -- Forcing someone into marriage could be made a criminal act under possible changes to British law, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday. ...

Cameron Wants To Criminalize Forced Marriages

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 12.10.2011 | World

LONDON — Forcing someone into marriage could be made a criminal act under possible changes to British law, Prime Minister David Cameron said Mon...

Sharia In West Out Of Step With Reformers

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Attempts to introduce sharia family law into Western societies run against the tide of reforms spearheaded by female activists in the Muslim world.

Land of the Unconquerable: A Textured Portrait of Afghan Women

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Stephenie Foster

The voices of young Afghans and women reflect the reality of what faces them as a country and the determination to make changes than benefit all Afghans. As we continue to debate our role in Afghanistan, it's those young people that I hear, and this book strengthens their voice.

Polygamist Leader's Bizarre First Day In Court

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 09.28.2011 | Crime

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) -- Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs broke his silence Friday, delivering before jurors a 55-minute sermon defending plural m...

What We Can Learn From Arranged Marriages

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.29.2011 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Last year, I met a young Indian couple on their honeymoon. When I asked how long the bride and her husband had known each other before they were married, the answer was unexpected.

Pakistan's Institutionalized Discrimination Against Religious Minorities

Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

Pakistan must implement legislation to ensure freedom of religion for all. What the country currently lacks is not a legal framework but genuine political will.

In Saudi Arabia, a Women's Ministry Might Be a Small Step Towards Women's Rights

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

The idea of a Ministry of Women's Affairs in Saudi Arabia comes at the right time. Let us hope it's given a mandate to make a positive change in the role of Saudi woman, rather than merely satisfy Saudi Arabia's critics.

Several Types of Slavery Linked to Congo's Mining Industry

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's vital that people in slavery are engaged in developing their own solutions. They tell us that boycotting slave-tainted and conflict-tainted products will only make their lives worse.

sold into slavery

Katharine Quarmby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Katharine Quarmby

The chilling story of a young disabled woman, who was sold for £8000 in a sham marriage to a Chinese man hoping to enter the United Kingdom, is unfo...

Ending Childhood Marriage Will Save Lives

Madeline Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madeline Wheeler

While it is widely recognized that adolescent marriage violates human rights, often depriving girls of further education, most people don't recognize that it is a health hazard.

France Seeks To Prohibit Forced Marriage, Genital Mutilation

AP | LAURENCE JOAN-GRANGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — France's government launched a campaign Tuesday against forced marriages and genital mutilation, seeking to protect women from practices...

UK Doctor Drugged, Forced To Wed In Bangladesh

AP | NANCY ZUCKERBROD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Britain's High Court issued an order Friday preventing a London-based doctor from being removed from the U.K. without her consent after...