The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year's commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.

To read full article, visit this UN News Centre link.

According to a police report obtained from national human rights organization Humanist Watch Salone, there were 2,201 sexual assaults reported in 2014 — up from 1,485 in 2013. An added concern is that the Ebola can be transmitted through semen for up to three months after men recover from the virus, according to the World Health Organization.

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera America link.

Rights group Equality Now called on all governments to review their legislation as it launched a report highlighting discriminatory laws around the world, in areas such as wife obedience, polygamy, inheritance rights and 'honor killings'.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

Thousands of women’s rights activists have taken to the streets in cities across Turkey after a woman was allegedly killed for resisting an attempt to rape her.

The burnt body of Ozgecan Aslan, 20, was found in a riverbed in the city of Mersin in the south of the country on Friday.

To read full article, visit this Independent link.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victims of child pornography would be allowed to recover greater damages from those who produce, distribute or possess pornographic images of them if legislation passed by the Senate becomes law.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Fifty Shades of Grey hasn't even opened in theaters yet but already it is getting a big thumbs-down from religious and other groups who say it is degrading to women and endorses sexual violence.

To read full article, visit this Newsday link.

Over the last two years, American universities have come under intense, unprecedented scrutiny for how they handle sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence.

It’s an issue that has been elevated by the president’s bully pulpit and by the hundreds of students who have charged that their institutions violated Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. To date, at least 95 schools are under federal investigation on charges that they failed to address these issues adequately.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2015 – Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department.

The annual report on sexual harassment and violence at the military service academies estimates that overall rates decreased for both men and women, indicating that nearly 200 fewer sexual assaults occurred at the academies in 2014 than in 2012.

TOKYO — A group of American historians is issuing a call to their Japanese counterparts to remain steadfast in the face of pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government to play down the army’s use of “comfort women” during World War II.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

Europe’s first academic centre to combat the brutality faced by women in warzones has been opened in London by Angelina Jolie, who called for “the empowerment of women to be the highest priority for the finest minds, in the best academic institutions”.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.


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