Tag Archives: Lent

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Around many parts of the Muslim world it is not uncommon for girls as young as 9 to be married to men old enough to be their grandfathers. While the practice may be officially illegal, it is accepted because the … Continue reading

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Voting rights: In November 1999, Kuwait’s National Assembly rejected by a two-thirds majority a decree by the Emir that would have granted women the right to vote and run for political office. page 114, True Grit: Women Taking On the … Continue reading

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Extract from the Penal Code regarding ‘Crimes of Honor’ Morocco: Article 418 Penal Code Murder, injury and beating are excusable if they are committed by a husband on his wife as well as the accomplice at the moment in which … Continue reading

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‘Every year about 40 Palestinian women die at the hands of their fathers or brothers,’ writes Geraldine Brooks in Nine Parts of Desire; ‘they are accused of pre-marital or extra-marital sex. Often the women are then burned so the killing … Continue reading

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Uganda has one of the most comprehensive prevention programs in Africa. Infection rates among educated women dropped by more than 50 percent between 1995 and 1997. page 93, True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah … Continue reading

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Vitamin D deficiency affects the growth of 30 percent of children in China, South Asia and Africa, also reducing their resistance to disease. Over 25 percent of Chinese children and 37 percent of Mongolian children have been diagnosed with rickets … Continue reading

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A significant number of girls volunteer. They may be idealistically motivated, or they may want to get revenge for violence done to their families. Others volunteer to escape abuse or exploitation at home. Some girls simply embrace it to be … Continue reading

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Studies show that one of the main factors influencing mortality rates of children under the age of 5 is the mother’s education level. A 10 percent increase in female literacy reduced child mortality by 10 percent in 13 African countries … Continue reading