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UN expert berates Britain's 'sexist culture'

A United Nations investigator warned on Tuesday that Britain had a "boys' club sexist culture" that was more pervasive than in other countries. Rashido Manjoo, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, also confirmed that she was blocked from entering an immigration detention centre for women during her 16-day fact-finding visit to Britain.

RCMP in Nova Scotia apologize to woman after voice mail comments about abuse

HALIFAX - The commander of the RCMP in Nova Scotia has issued an apology to a Parrsboro-area woman after a report that a Mountie left a voice mail message on her phone making light of her domestic assault complaint. RCMP Chief Supt. Brian Brennan said Tuesday the comments were unprofessional and unacceptable. "The RCMP has zero tolerance for this type of behaviour," Brennan said. "As the commanding officer, I was extremely disappointed." Brennan said when he heard the comments, his thoughts immediately turned to victims of domestic violence.

UN to investigate violence against women in Britain for first time

The UN is sending a human rights expert to Britain for the first time to investigate violence against women, it was announced on Friday. Rashida Manjoo will visit Britain from March 31 to April 15 to "to study the main manifestations of violence perpetrated in the family and in the community, such as domestic and sexual violence, sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages, and female genital mutilation," the UN Human Rights Council said in a statement.

Britain prosecutes first female genital mutilation case

A London doctor and another man have become the first people to be charged in Britain over female genital mutilation, state prosecutors announced on Friday. Dr. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, is accused of re-performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave birth at his hospital in November 2012 following damage caused by labour. Another man, Hasan Mohamed, 40, is accused of intentionally encouraging an offence of FGM, and of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Dharmasena to commit the offence.

Britain to prosecute first female genital mutilation cases

A London doctor and another man will become the first people to be charged in Britain over female genital mutilation, state prosecutors announced on Friday. Dr. Dhanoun Dharmasena is accused of re-performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave birth at his hospital in November 2012 following damage caused by labour. Another man, Hasan Mohamed, is accused of intentionally encouraging an offence of FGM, and of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring Dharmasena to commit the offence.

Egypt doctor faces trial over fatal female genital mutilation

A doctor in Egypt will face trial for performing a female circumcision operation that killed a teenage girl, a judicial official said on Tuesday. The 14-year-old girl's father who took her to the doctor for the procedure will also face trial, the official said. Although banned in 2008, female genital mutilation is still rampant in Egypt, especially in rural areas where many believe it is part of their faith. The doctor in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura performed the dangerous procedure at a private clinic.

Egypt doctor faces trial over fatal female genital mutilation

A doctor in Egypt will face trial for performing a female circumcision operation that killed a teenage girl, a judicial official said on Tuesday. The 14-year-old girl's father who took her to the doctor for the procedure will also face trial, the official said. Although banned in 2008, female genital mutilation is still rampant in Egypt, especially in rural areas where many believe it is part of their faith. The doctor in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura performed the dangerous procedure at a private clinic.

Ban calls for progress as UN commission on women opens

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said there is still much progress to be made to advance women's rights, despite recent strides, as he opened an annual conference on women Monday. Among priorities are health needs, maternal and child health, sexual education, contraception and fighting violence against women, including female genital mutilation, Ban said at the opening of the UN's 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. "We have come a long way, but there is much still to do and little time to do it," he said.

Violence against women 'pandemic' in Mexico

By Anahi Rama and Lizbeth Diaz ECATEPEC, Mexico (Reuters) - So many teenage girls turned up dead in a vacant field on the outskirts of Mexico City that people nicknamed it the "women's dumping ground." They began showing up in 2006, usually left among piles of garbage. Some were victims of domestic violence, others of drug gangs that have seized control of entire neighborhoods in the gritty town of Ecatepec, northeast of the capital.

U.N report puts pressure on Catholic orders in Ireland over laundries

By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - Advocacy groups for women forced to work at the Catholic Church's notorious Magdalene laundries in Ireland backed calls from the United Nations for religious orders to pay compensation and face prosecution for decades of abuse. In an unprecedented report on Wednesday, the U.N. demanded that the Vatican "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. It also urged the Holy See to conduct an investigation into the laundries.
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