imageMain gallows at Tokyo Detention Center Japan has hanged two men, bringing to eight the number of prisoners executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago. Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announced the latest executions, which happened on Thursday. With the exception of the United States, Japan is the only major... Main gallows at Tokyo Detention Center Japan has hanged two men, bringing to eight the number of prisoners executed since the conservative government of Shinzo Abe came to power a year ago. Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki announced the latest executions, which happened on Thursday. With the exception of the United States, Japan is the
imageFrom Human Rights students. Dated 10 December 2013: Human Rights Day. Human Rights students from University College London (UCL) have written an open letter to the vice-chancellor and chief operating officer of the University of London to request they take action to revoke a court order
imageExperts call for more resources for both aspects of pregnancy – physical and mental health. A recent Guardian roundtable discussed the glaring gap between physical and mental health care provision for pregnant women. The focus was on maternal mental health and on what needs to be done
imagePIERRE — A state lawmaker who previously supported the death penalty says he will ask the 2014 South Dakota Legislature to repeal capital punishment. Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, who also is a pastor, said he changed his mind about the death penalty after reviewing the Bible
WNN Features (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As WNN – Women News Network works with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to introduce an amazing group of global women rights defenders, following the  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, WNN asked each of
imageDhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday granted a last minute reprieve to senior Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah, staying his execution shortly before he was to be hanged for genocide during the country's 1971 liberation war. "The Chamber judge of the Appellate Division (of the
imageSixteen reasons to extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. Now. “Silence was a natural modus operandi for most women in Northern Ireland. Speaking out didn’t just endanger your life and your situation, it endangered any of your close friends and your family. So there is
imageKunduz, Afghanistan: Police in a remote northern Afghan village rescued a woman from being stoned to death after she was condemned by the Taliban for allegedly cheating on her husband, officials said on Tuesday. Taliban militants, who often run informal justice systems in rural
WNN Improve It (WNN/OCHA) Cebu Island, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Children have started going back to school, markets are again being loaded with fresh fruits and the smell of construction hovers above the cities. As shredded trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, people are slowly
Stella Paul – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Madhya Pradesh, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: Recently, I met Jyoti Bairagi – a 20 year old woman living in a remote village in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. The village, perched on a rocky hill, had no motorable road and no running water. Everyone there
imageSex sells to women but only when it’s dressed up to tout some pricey bling. Link sex to a cheap vodka drink and the mix won’t get us running to the nearest Bargain Booze store; but marry sex with a big bottle of bubbly and we’re off to Waitrose in a jiffy, new research
imageMigrant workers make up a third (8 million) of the population and over half the workforce in Saudi Arabia. They are mainly unskilled labourers and domestic workers (jobs the Saudis don’t want to do), are inadequately protected by labour laws and are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse
imageGallows in Iraqi prison EACH day Um Ahmad listens to the news for word of hangings. Thursday is Baghdad's usual hanging day. Sunday is the next favourite. On occasion, such as in October when 42 prisoners were executed in a 48-hour period, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are used to
imagePennsylvania Death Chamber Governor Tom Corbett signed execution warrants on Tuesday for two Pennsylvania men convicted of murder. Laquaille Bryant, 32, of Philadelphia was convicted of shooting two women to death back in 2008. Robert Gene Rega, 47, of
imageThe media’s portrayal of the television chef is typical of its treatment of women in general. While the jury is still deliberating on the trial of the two women accused of stealing nearly £700,000 from Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi, it’s easy to reach a
imageEvocative, influential writer Doris Lessing has died at the age of 94. I have read and re-read ‘The Golden Notebook’ by Doris Lessing and still find it as intriguing and fascinating as I did upon a first thumb through. It is challenging, layered and expansive. Focusing on the
imageRonald Clinton Lott An Oklahoma man convicted of raping and then brutally murdering two elderly women in the 1980s was executed tonight. Ronald Clinton Lott, 53, received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, making him the state's fifth death
imagePlease take part – and pass the link on to any friends or colleagues. Domestic violence may happen behind closed doors but it has far reaching consequences and is known to have an impact on the working lives of those living with an abusive partner. On 25 November 2013, the Scottish
image(AFP) Dhaka — A Bangladeshi Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla, convicted of mass murder and rape during the country's 1971 independence war against Pakistan will be hanged just after midnight Tuesday, officials said. "He will be executed after 12.01pm (1801 GMT) tonight as all
imageGetting men to acknowledge and speak out against violence against women is important. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes-Wales (NFWI-Wales) and Joyce Watson, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, have been working together to recruit male ambassadors to pledge their support
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As Afghan women increasingly act to report violence against themselves to security authorities in the region, prosecution and convictions remain low.  A new annual report just released by the United Nations Mission in
Liz Ford – Guardian – Monday, 09 December 2013 (originally published 03 Dec) Since Women for Women International (WFWI) was founded 20 years ago, more than 380,000 women in war-torn countries have received practical and emotional support from the charity, with training courses in a
imageNelson Mandela (1918-2013) The Israeli Foreign Ministry tried to convince South Africa's apartheid regime not to seek the death penalty in Nelson Mandela's 1964 trial, newly released documents reveal. According to the documents, which were declassified by the Israel State
imageIran Human Rights, December 11: Seven prisoners were hanged in the Rajai Shahr Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) today. According to reliable sources that Iran Human Rights (IHR) has been in contact with 10 prisoners were transferred from their prison wards for implementation of their
WNN Breaking (WNN/SomaliaCurrent) Mogadishu, SOMALIA, EASTERN AFRICA: In a nondescript white building along the bustling Makka al Mukarramah Road, a group of women intently focus on their computer screens, playing and replaying sound pieces. Somali music plays softly through the speakers as the
Eleanor Muffitt - Telegraph - Wednesday, 11 December 2013 (originally published 08 Dec) Walk into any British toy shop and you’ll be faced with a fork in the road: do you take the blue lane, with its miniature helicopters, chemistry sets and binoculars, or do you take the pink lane, with its
imageWomen in Northern Ireland after the peace process. By Margaret Ward, director of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is not yet a society at peace as the legacy of the past continues to overshadow our present. Contention over the flying of
Katherine Robinson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence ends this Tuesday at a poignant time: on International Human Rights Day, the same day South Africa will hold the official memorial service for one of the world’s most
image(Reuters) - In 13 countries around the world, all of them Muslim, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution under the law, according to a detailed study issued on Tuesday. And beyond the Islamic nations, even some of the West's
Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 10 December 2013 (originally published 07 Dec) Egyptian authorities have released 21 women and girls convicted for staging a street protest after an appeal court reduced their harsh penalties, including prison terms of 11 years, to suspended sentences. The initial
imageAuthorities in Europe need to address rape seriously in terms of access to justice, prevention and support to victims. Rape continues to be one of the most devastating forms of violence against women, yet it is too often a taboo subject and remains shrouded in silence. To mark the
imageVIP e-cigarette company facing public backlash. Electronic cigarette company VIP are facing a backlash over their cringe-inducing, sexist, TV advertising campaign. ‘I want you to get it out’, purrs a woman wearing a black cocktail dress: ‘I want to see
imageDHAKA, Dec 8: A Bangladesh court Sunday ordered prison authorities to hang an Islamist leader months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave of clashes in the unrest-plagued nation. Abdul Quader Molla, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was given the death
imageHere are some woman-centric events going on around the UK this week for your diary. Belfast: 9 December: Women in Parliament at Greenway Women’s Centre, 19 Greenway, Cregagh Estate, Belfast. Greenway Women’s Centre is hosting Clare Mullin from the Houses of Parliament