Artist Dedicates Herself to Lost Women of Juarez

The unsolved murders over the past 15 years of often unidentified Mexican women in the border city of Juarez trouble a Mexican-born artist in New York. She is creating a tribute to each victim, employing a technique reminiscent of police chalk lines.

Sadr Released; Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Deadly

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersShadi Sadr was released on July 28 from the Evin Prison, north of Tehran. She had been held there since July 17 after was arrested on her way to a prayer service, reported Iran Human Rights, a group of international activists who lobby for human rights in Iran. Sadr, a Women’s eNews 21 Leader for the 21st Century 2004, is a women’s rights advocate, lawyer and journalist who has had clashes with police ever since her two-week jail stay in 2004. Three other female women’s rights activists remain in prison: Shiva Nazar Ahari, Kaveh Mozafarri and Jila Bani Yaghoub.Sadr was released with 140 other prisoners who were being detained for their involvement in recent protests against the June 12 presidential election in Iran. These detainees were released from the Evin prison following a government committee investigation of prisoner conditions, which occurred after 20 prisoner deaths were reported by the pro-reform opposition, reported the Associated Press.More News to Cheer This Week:Tanzania has launched its first bank created specifically for women.

Afghan Law Revised; 80 Girls Kidnapped in China

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersJustice ministry officials in Afghanistan changed a controversial law on July 8 that had provided that husbands could rape their wives without fear of punishment. The law, which originally read “a woman must be ready to have sex with her husband every four days,” has been revised to “a woman is required to do any housework that the couple agreed to at the time of marriage,” the Associated Press reported on July 8.The revision also removed a condition that required women to ask their husband’s permission in order to leave the house. The revisions must still be passed through Parliament.More News to Cheer This Week:The U.N. World Food Program, in conjunction with the Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (Germany Development Bank), will distribute $8.4 million worth of food rations to 65,000 pregnant and lactating women in the areas of Nairobi, Kiambu, Kitui and Kisumu in Kenya, reported the Xinhua General News Service of China on July 7. These are areas in Kenya where the rates of malnutrition are high.The arranged marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a 40-year-old man in Saudi Arabia has been annulled after pressure from child right’s advocates and the intervention of Saudi Arabia’s National Human Rights Society, Media Line reported July 9. The marriage was brought to the public’s attention by the young girl’s older siblings–two brothers, 18 and 19, and a 20-year-old sister–who claimed their father was “adamant in his decision,” the article reported.

Young Women’s Leadership Group Is Growing Strong

The Young Women’s Task Force is rapidly expanding its ranks, having added four chapters and 2,000 members in the past year. There’s a starter packet from national headquarters but the group’s president says it boils down to local leadership.

Mozambique Attacks DV; UK Ethnic Women Are Poorer

(WOMENSENEWS)–CheersThe Mozambique parliament in Africa passed the first draft of a bill against domestic violence on June 29, reported the nation’s official press agency. The bill imposes harsher penalties for crimes of domestic violence; currently domestic violence is treated as a simple assault case. If passed, the bill would be the first time these types of crimes are included in Mozambique’s state statute.More News to Cheer This Week:A Delhi High Court ruled on July 2 that homosexuality is not a crime in the Indian capital of New Delhi, the Associated Press reported. The decision is the first of its kind in the country and it is hoped to lead to more freedom for gays and lesbians. The court stated that “treating consensual gay sex as a crime is a violation of fundamental rights protected by India’s constitution.”