LONDON (TrustLaw) – Here is our selection of this week’s stories on women's rights from TrustLaw and other media.
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Michigan lawmakers have voted in favour of key parts of anti-abortion laws that pro-choice campaigners claim could shut down most abortion clinics in the state. The state's House of Representatives voted by 70 to 39 in favour of the main new piece of proposed legislation on Wednesday, with two more bills still awaiting votes. The law is now set to move to the state's Senate in September and is likely to put Michigan are the forefront of America's battle over abortion rights.
The Associated Press
More than 100 women die during childbirth each week in Uganda, a statistic that has energized activists to go to the Supreme Court in a bid to force the government to put more resources toward maternal healthcare to prevent the wave of deaths.
The Christian Science Monitor
Thousands of women have protested across the country since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month denounced abortion as "murder," vowing to revise the current law allowing termination in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
“There is no difference between killing a baby in its mother’s stomach or killing it after birth,” Mr. Erdogan said on May 25, in the first of a series of condemnatory speeches.
Some members of Egypt's first freely elected parliament, in which the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest party, are pressing to scrap laws that protect women on the grounds that they were introduced by the Mubarak regime and are therefore illegitimate.
TradeArabia News Service
Bahrain has joined a regional coalition that aims to advance the status of women across the Middle East and North Africa region.
The newly-created Alwane (My Colours) programme is made up of experienced and emerging leaders from 17 countries and hopes to encourage them to stand up for their rights and influence national and international policies affecting their participation in society.
It was launched June 9 during simultaneous events in Dubai, Jordan and Tunis.
A women's rights activist in Saudi Arabia has written to the Saudi king repeating demands to allow women to drive.
Manal Al-Sharif, 33, gained international attention last summer after she uploaded a YouTube video of herself driving in a country where women are banned from doing so. Now she is the face of Saudi Arabia's Women2Drive movement, which plans to hold demonstrations on June 17 calling for women in the country to be able to drive.