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Fuck You, Saudi: An open letter to the UNHRC

The government of Sri Lanka has filed an appeal before the Riyadh Court in Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the Sri Lankan female domestic worker who was recently sentenced to be stoned to death after being found guilty of having a clandestine affair, the Foreign Employment Ministry said. The Ministry sources said the woman was married and having children in Sri Lanka when she was convicted for adultery with a… Read More »Fuck You, Saudi: An open letter to the UNHRC

Liveblog from #WCY2014: Declaring Colombo – a work in progress

I’m sitting in one of the biggest sessions of today’s event: a joint discussion on the draft of the Declaration. Between the hundreds of delegates and the various discussions, organizations and agendas involved, they’ve hammered out a set of drafts which will eventually become the Colombo Declaration. This draft, right now, is in its 3rd revision – a 16-page document riddled with suggested amendments from countries all over the globe.… Read More »Liveblog from #WCY2014: Declaring Colombo – a work in progress

#WCY2014 Day Three: “These notes will someday change the world”

Day Three started off with the launch of the official stamp for the World Youth Conference. While it was a nice commemorative gesture, I’ll gloss over it – stamps are possibly at the lowest of my list of priorities in life, even lower than the mantis shrimp and the three-toed sloth. Directly after this was the main plenary session. I’ll just say this: today was far better than I hoped.… Read More »#WCY2014 Day Three: “These notes will someday change the world”

On gender equality and womens’ rights: an interview from Morocco

Women’s rights are a very hotly debated issue all over the globe. Perhaps nowhere is this issue ┬ámore hotly debated than in Morocco, which frequently sees women taking to the streets in the age-old battle for equality, and whose Islamist-led government often comes under fire from women’s rights activists. (With just reason: according to survey data from the Haut Commissariat Du Plan (HCP), an independent government statistics body, around one… Read More »On gender equality and womens’ rights: an interview from Morocco