Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men

Amnesty calls for end to detentions under male guardianship system Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male guardians or have relationships deemed inappropriate. Despite recent efforts to give women better protections, Amnesty said in scrapping laws that allowed rapists to escape punishment provided they marry their victims. Amnesty said the country has in recent years carried out a number of reforms, including opening the Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

I watched my family die: Shatila refugees’ suffering laid bare

Cartoonist Ella Baron travelled to Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to hear the stories of women at Mdecins Sans Frontires womens health clinic Located on one square kilometre in central Beirut, Shatila is home to an estimated 14,000 people, although the true number may be more than twice that. The camp is not policed by the Lebanese authorities and most residents have limited access to housing, employment, electricity and water. Established in 1949 to accommodate Palestinian refugees, Shatila now has a population that is more than half Syrian. Syrian refugees seeking mental health services from Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) in Shatila are suffering less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused …

‘No need for birth control’: Tanzanian president’s views cause outrage

John Magufuli says people who use contraceptives are lazy, and outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad advice Womens rights campaigners have expressed outrage after the Tanzanian president said there is no need for birth control. The president, John Magufuli, told a rally in Meatu, in the Simiyu region, that outsiders who promote birth control are giving bad advice, and that people who use contraceptives are lazy, according to local media. You people of Meatu keep livestock. You are good farmers. You can feed your children. Why would you opt for birth control? These are my views, but I dont see any need for birth control in Tanzania, he said. People who use birth control do so because they …