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Iran's VP has called on the judiciary to"forcefully confront" rapists after an online campaign sparked a wave of women to come forward and share their stories of sexual assault

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that is reshaping our world.

Saudi women expose <em>sexual</em> harassers on Twitter

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Saudi women expose sexual harassers on Twitter

Women in Saudi Arabia are posting sexual harassment testimonies on Twitter under pseudonyms in 'brave move,' HRW says

Emirati polygamists 'need permits' to visit wives: Police chief

Kamal Afzali

Emirati polygamists 'need permits' to visit wives: Police chief

In the UAE, where polygamy is common, men who have more than one wife in one home are in a state of disarray.

Saudi imposes 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities

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Saudi imposes 24-hour virus lockdown in five cities

Saudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat ...

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Riyadh imposes stricter lockdown as 140 new cases confirmed

The Saudi Health Ministry has announced 140 new cases and four deaths from coronavirus, as a new curfew took effect in seven districts of the city of Jeddah.

Kamal Afzali

Wives can refuse sexual advances from husbands: Saudi cleric

The promising suggestion offers a glimmer of hope for Saudi Arabia’s religious authorities, whose ranks are dominated by proponents of dogmatic ...

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Egypt releases Briton arrested for 'pat on the back'

An Egyptian court has freed a British national accused of sexual assault after finding a lack of evidence against him.

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Anger as Turkey lawmakers set to introduce 'marry-your-rapist' bill

A bill intended to grant amnesties for child rapists if they marry their victim is due to be introduced later this month in Turkey.

Tunisian women perform Chilean song against rape

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Tunisian women perform Chilean song against rape

The event comes as numerous women in Tunisia have complained of sexual harassment on social media, under the hashtag #EnaZeda - the ...

Austin Bodetti

How Saudi Arabia's plan to silence Khashoggi backfired

MbS ordered the hit on Khashoggi in the hope of silencing him but the journalist's death has earned the crown prince the reputation of a ...

Making sense of Israa Ghrayeb's senseless killing

Sabiha Allouche

Making sense of Israa Ghrayeb's senseless killing

Comment: Sabiha Allouche explores the myths of 'Arab men', 'Arab women', and 'honour killings' in the wake of the death of Israa Ghrayeb, and ...

How Yemen's southern separatists mirror their authoritarian Emirati backers

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How Yemen's southern separatists mirror their authoritarian Emirati backers

Comment: UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council bears the markings of an abusive, authoritarian faction, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Our Women On the Ground

Salma Haidrani

Our Women On the Ground

Book Club: This powerful essay collection touching on love, loss, dual identities, exile and grief, celebrates the oft-overlooked Arab women ...

Egypt football team boots player over <em>sexual</em> harassment allegations

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Egypt football team boots player over sexual harassment allegations

The Egyptian football team has booted a player during the African Cup of Nations over sexual harassment allegations.

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Egypt footballers accused of 'sexual harassment' amid African Cup

An Instagram model has accused a member of the Egyptian football team of sexual harassment a day after the Pharaohs' opening game at the African Cup of Nations.

David Sheen

Is Netanyahu facilitating rape culture in Israel?

Comment: Netanyahu's silence - and even acceptance - of staff members accused, investigated or charged with sex crimes sets a frightening ...

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Egypt's al-Azhar calls for 'absolute' criminalisation of sexual harassment

Cairo's al-Azhar scholars have said that sexual harassment should be condemned without 'condition or context' in a new statement on the ...

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Syrian refugees 'forced to exchange sex for aid'

'The more she gives to the distributor, the more aid she will receive': Syrian girls as young as 13 face widespread sexual exploitation ...

Tariq Ramadan held in France over rape allegations

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Tariq Ramadan held in France over rape allegations

Swiss Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan spent the night in a Paris jail Thursday, over allegations by two women that the Oxford academic violently ...

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Arab women reveal rampant sexual harassment in entertainment industry

Arab women have revealed that sexual harassment is rife in the local entertainment industry, according to over a dozen women working in ...

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Rothna Begum

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Comment: While the #MeToo outcry is exposing sexual harassment mostly in the West, we must remember that abuse, often by employers, ...

Israeli journalist accuses former PM Olmert of <em>sexual</em> assault

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Israeli journalist accuses former PM Olmert of sexual assault

An Israeli journalist says disgraced former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert made unwanted sexual advances on her in a television studio.

Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan disputes fresh misconduct claims

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Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan disputes fresh misconduct claims

Tariq Ramadan on Monday rejected new allegations of sexual misconduct with minors and vowed legal action over the claims reported by ...

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