Global Quickies: UN Rants, Iranian Men for Equality, and Jailed for an Abortion

“Robert Mugabe has used a speech at the UN General Assembly to rant against “new rights” for gay people.”

“A 50-year-old Muslim man in a village in northern India was killed in a mob lynching on Monday night allegedly over rumours that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home.”

“Dutch brothel owners must be able to communicate with sex workers in their own language to protect them from abuse, the EU’s top court has ruled.”

“Husbands in Iran are taking pictures of themselves declaring their commitment to female equality – and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook.”

A five-year-old was murdered allegedly by a man in a suspected case of human sacrifice as part of a witchcraft-related ritual. The suspect was set on fire by locals.

“Conflict can be both a cause of disability and a devastating complication for those already living with disabilities. Although all disabled people are affected, women face intersecting discrimination because of their gender and disability.”

“The head of Liberia Fistula Project Dr. John Mulbah has disclosed that there are many cases of fistula in the country due to the deadly Ebola outbreak.”

According to a recent report on abortion in Rwanda, up to 29 per cent of female inmates in the country’s correctional system are incarcerated because of abortion-related infractions.


Featured image: An amendment to an Iranian marriage contract / My Stealthy Freedom


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at

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  1. Meanwhile, here in the good old USA, its deemed “necessary”, as a means to attack trafficking, to cut off lines of communication, and arrest those providing such, as a means of vetting clients, trading warnings about bad clients, or otherwise aiding and abetting, in any way, at all, sex work. Because… if you had, say, a serial arsonist, or something, the best way to protect the people who work for hotels would be to keep them in the dark about the arsonist, while, instead, arresting the people booking rooms (the whole “end demand” silliness).

    Like I said a few times before – if they are victims, you don’t help the victim by making it more dangerous and harder for them to avoid the dangers, while also trying to bankrupt them. You only do that if they are “criminals”. So, either stop claiming you are trying to “save victims of trafficking”, or actually bloody start arresting the people running bad brothels, pimping street workers, and actually doing what the laws ***originally*** where directed at – ending acts of coercion and abuse, regardless of which industry was committing them (not just sex work).

    What is it with this one industry that nearly everyone involved with the legal side of it, with the exception of a tiny number of countries, are all brain damaged?

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