Malaysia getting bruised over caning women

February 25, 2010
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A Malaysian demonstrator in Kuala Lumpur during a protest in January against Christan use of the word Allah for God, 8 Jan 2010/Bazuki Muhammad)

Malaysia canes women for having sex out of wedlock

By Reuters Staff
February 18, 2010
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Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, due to be caned for drinking beer, 24 Aug 2009/Zainal Abd Halim

France creates paper trail in campaign against Muslim veils

February 3, 2010
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--- A fully veiled woman walks past the city hall in Ronchin, northern France, 9 Aug 2009/Farid Alouache ---

Italy moves towards emulating France on burqa ban

January 29, 2010
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Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna in the Senate in Rome, 15 May 2008/Max Rossi

from Afghan Journal:

Reintegrating the Taliban: where does it leave Afghan women?

January 28, 2010

At Thursday's London conference on Afghanistan, some 60 countries will to try flesh out the details for a plan to gradually hand security to Afghans, which involves strengthening and expanding Afghan security forces, improving the way donor aid to Afghanistan is spent and reintegrating Taliban fighters. But where do women fit into these plans, especially if the Taliban are to be involved?

France takes first step towards banning Muslim face veils

January 26, 2010
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Camera crews at presentation of the veil commission report in Paris, 26 Jan 2010/Tom Heneghan

GUESTVIEW: Wearing a burqa will now be a crime?

By Guest Contributor
January 23, 2010
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Veiled woman in Kabul, 10 Dec 2009/ Omar Sobhani

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Asghar Ali Engineer, a leading Indian Muslim intellectual and activist, is head of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, where he works to promote peace and understanding among religious and ethnic communities.

Mauritanian Muslim imams initiate rare ban on female circumcision

By Reuters Staff
January 22, 2010
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Women meeting in western Senegal to discuss eradicating female genital mutilation, 10 Sept 2007/Finbarr O'Reilly

French MPs seek resolution denouncing Muslim veil, with ban to follow

January 21, 2010

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Women in niqabs in Marseille, 24 Dec 2009/Jean-Paul Pelissier

France’s parliament is likely to call in a resolution for a ban on Muslim face veils in public but take longer to turn that policy into law, deputies said on Thursday. A parliamentary commission studying the sensitive issue, which has been discussed alongside a wider public debate about French national identity launched by President Nicolas Sarkozy, is due to publish its recommendations next Tuesday.

CofE waits a little longer to decide on powers for women bishops

January 15, 2010
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Canterbury Cathedral, 23 Dec 2009/Suzanne Plunkett

Anyone hoping to get an idea of how many Church of England traditionalists may abandon the Mother Church for Rome in disgust and despair over women bishops may have to wait a little longer.