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In the News: 7th June

Our weekly round-up of stories about women’s lives and their rights around the world. | Daring to exist — The Pakistani woman’s fault

Should Pakistani women exist? People seem uncertain and in an effort to persuade the wavering, a billboard on the road back from the Karachi airport once assured travellers that a girl is a gift from God too.

Presumably in the hope that exhausted from their travels, Pakistanis might be susceptible to the subtle persuasion in the use of the word “too” (or bhiin the original Urdu rendering).

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Broadly | Turkey’s President Claims Muslim Women Should Reject Birth Control

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says Muslims shouldn’t use contraception, full stop. A feminist activist explains how the situation in Turkey is the worst it’s ever been for women.

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BBC | Pakistan: Woman who rejected marriage offer burnt to death

A Pakistani woman who was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal has died of her injuries.

Maria Sadaqat, a young schoolteacher, was attacked in her home by a group of men on Sunday and died in hospital in Islamabad on Wednesday. Her family say she had turned down a marriage proposal from the son of the owner of a school she had taught at.

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Independent | Sharia courts in UK face Government inquiry over treatment of women

Home Office to examine claims sharia courts – or councils – may be working in a ‘discriminatory and unacceptable way’

The Government is to launch an investigation into whether sharia courts operating in the UK discriminate against women – legitimising forced marriages and issuing unfair divorce settlements.

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Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari wins Japan’s Fakuoka Prize

Renowned Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari has won the prestigious Japanese Fukuoka Prize in the Arts and Culture category for this year.

Lari is the third Pakistani recipient of the Fukuoka Prize with qawwali maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and social scientist Dr Uxi Mufti as the previous winners. Established in 1990, the prize was founded by Fukuoka City of Japan. The awards are presented every year to honour the outstanding work of organisations, groups or individuals for the promotion and preservation of diverse cultures of Asia.  The award aims to increase awareness of Asian cultures and to institute a broad framework for exchange and mutual learning among the peoples of Asia.

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