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Human Rights Watch: Testosterone Testing for Women Athletes Is 'Discrimination' Human Rights Watch: Testosterone Testing for Women Athletes Is 'Discrimination'

A rule from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) that says women athletes with higher-than-average testosterone levels must compete in mens categories is coming under intense and increasing scrutiny—before it’s even official.

Moroccan State TV Coaches Women in Concealing Injuries From Domestic Abuse Moroccan State TV Coaches Women in Concealing Injuries From Domestic Abuse

A Moroccan state television channel has ignited protest for broadcasting a makeup tutorial on how to conceal injuries from domestic abuse.

Human Rights Watch: Military Isn't Doing Enough to Protect Rape Victims From Retaliation  Human Rights Watch: Military Isn't Doing Enough to Protect Rape Victims From Retaliation 

A new report from Human Rights Watch says the Pentagon isn’t doing enough to protect military rape victims from retaliation. The report says reporting rape or sexual abuse often leads to harassment that can force survivors out of the military entirely.

Burmese Women's Rights Activists Get Death Threats from Monks for Talking About Sexual Health Burmese Women's Rights Activists Get Death Threats from Monks for Talking About Sexual Health

Female activists in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say they’re receiving death threats from extremist Buddhist monks with the Ma Ba Tha, the nationalist group that controls much of the country. The activists are attemping to teach fellow Burmese women about sexual health, an effort that’s turning them into enemies of…

How ISIS Uses Rape and Sexual Slavery as a Recruiting Tool and a Business How ISIS Uses Rape and Sexual Slavery as a Recruiting Tool and a Business

Horrifying reports continue to pile up about the ways in which the Islamic State is using the rape and sexual slavery of Yazidi women as a tool of war. A new report in the New York Times makes it clear that it’s also become an attractive recruiting tool, a draw for men from conservative Muslim societies where casual…

Myanmar Passes Bill to Prevent Buddhist Women from Marrying Muslims Myanmar Passes Bill to Prevent Buddhist Women from Marrying Muslims

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial measure that will make it much harder for Buddhist women to marry non-Buddhist men. The “Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill” is one of several bills passed to protect “race and religion”; Human Rights Watch says they’re backed by extremist Buddhist monks and meant to…

Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation

A new report says that military service members who report sexual assault face a very high risk of retaliation, including threats, harassment, and loss of promotions and work opportunities. The report says military sexual assault survivors are twelve times more likely to be retaliated against than their attackers are…

Indonesia Still Using Humiliating 'Virginity Tests' on Female Soldiers Indonesia Still Using Humiliating 'Virginity Tests' on Female Soldiers

Human rights groups are calling on Indonesia to end the practice of requiring “virginity tests” for female military recruits, in which a doctor visually and manually checks for the presence of a hymen. An Indonesian military official told the Guardian the practice was necessary to weed out “naughty” women, while Human…

Report Reveals Ghastly Abuse Against Female Iraqi Prisoners Report Reveals Ghastly Abuse Against Female Iraqi Prisoners

In an extensive report released Thursday, the Human Rights Watch revealed that Iraqi security forces are systemically abusing imprisoned Iraqi women.

Libyan Woman Reportedly Sued By Her Rapists Libyan Woman Reportedly Sued By Her Rapists

Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for the Libyan government, "expressed frustration" that he keeps being asked about Iman Obeidi, the woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel Saturday shouting about being gang-raped by Qaddafi thugs. But maybe that's because he's already expended so much energy lying about what happened to her.

Ambassador To Address House On Violence Against Women — But Will She Have Answers? Ambassador To Address House On Violence Against Women — But Will She Have Answers?

Human Rights Watch says ambassador-at-large Melanne Verveer wasn't specific enough in her advice to the Senate on how to stop violence against women in Sudan. The group will be listening as she addresses a House panel on today. [UPI.com]

Maid In Lebanon Maid In Lebanon

According to a Human Rights Watch report released yesterday, foreign maids in Lebanon have been dying at a rate of more than one a week. Since January 2007, at least 95 foreign maids have died from either suicide, falling from high buildings while trying to escape their employers, or health issues (we're guessing that…

Meet Sarah Tofte: Death Penalty Researcher Turned Rape Kit Activist Meet Sarah Tofte: Death Penalty Researcher Turned Rape Kit Activist

Sarah Tofte is a researcher with Human Rights Watch, and organization more known for its international policy and anti-death penalty work than its work on women's issues — in fact, its website on women's issues in the U.S. is sparse to be sure. But when we saw Tofte's byline on an Op Ed in the L.A. Times last month…

Human Rights Watch has declared Saudi Arabia's treatment of women to be a "denial of fundamental rights." Saudi women (in case you haven't heard) are legally obligated to have a male guardian to make decisions for them, travel with them, and are banned from driving, giving them about as much personal freedom as a…

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