October 2016

Colombia’s Rejection of the Peace Agreement Creates New Hurdles for Women

BOGOTÁ — By a thin margin, Colombian voters said no in early October to a peace agreement to end the decades-long war in the country between the guerillas, FARC-EP, and the government. The painstakingly written peace pact was developed with considerable contributions from women to embed commitments to gender rights in the country’s post-conflict setting. …

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South African Decision to Quit the ICC Draws Critics in Africa and Beyond

South Africa’s announcement on Oct. 21 that it intends to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, has met strong opposition from civil society groups in that country and other African and international human-rights organizations. Africa has played major roles in the independent court, which …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

The Right to Abortion and to Education: Legal Safety Nets for Girls Caught Up in War

Rape is prevalent in many armed conflicts around the world today. Government security forces, nonstate militias and violent extremists use rape as a weapon of war. Women and girls are disproportionately targeted for such attacks and many endure the foreseeable biological consequence of rape: pregnancy. Rape of women and girls affects their legal rights as …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

No Prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation in Britain, So What Is the Problem?

NOTTINGHAM, England — Female genital mutilation has been illegal in England and Wales since 1985. Scotland has similar but separate legislation. Much more comprehensive laws forbidding the practice were introduced in 2003 and again in 2015, creating additional safeguards and stringent punishments for those practicing FGM, as it is known. Yet no one in Britain …

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