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Our weekly round-up of stories about women’s lives and their rights around the world.


Techjuice.pk | Pakistani Women’s right activist wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award

Women’s right activist, Nighat Dad, has become the second Pakistani ever to receive the prestigious Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016.

A Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. In a ceremony at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, she was honored with the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for her efforts and dedication towards digital rights and ensuring a safer and more accessible Pakistan for women. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world.

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Guardian | Canadian-Iranian professor arrested in Tehran by Revolutionary Guards

Iranian authorities have arrested a Canadian-Iranian professor of social anthropology, the latest in a string of cases involving dual nationals which has prompted concern over the country’s political atmosphere.

Homa Hoodfar was arrested earlier this week after nearly three months of repeated questioning by the Iranian intelligence service, her sister told the Guardian on Wednesday.

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Independent | Isis burns 19 Yazidi women to death in Mosul for ‘refusing to have sex with fighters’

The women were reportedly burned to death in iron cages because they refused to have sex with Isis fighters

Isis militants have publicly executed 19 Yazidi women by burning them alive in Mosul, Iraq, local activists report.

The women were burned to death in iron cages because they refused to have sex with Isis fighters, the Kurdish ARA News agency reported.

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NY Times | Exclusive: Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and victims of Yazidi genocide

Clooney will act as their counsel to hold the Islamic State accountable for the genocide, sexual enslavement and trafficking of thousands of girls and women.

In a triumphant win for the thousands of Yazidi women who have been enslaved by the Islamic State, Amal Clooney has confirmed that she will represent victims of the Yazidi genocide, including ISIS survivor and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad.

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