Month: June 2014

Leader’s Words About Women Jolt Morocco


Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane of Morocco told parliament this week that women would be better off at home than in the workplace, setting off alarm in a country that has seen slow but steady gains in women’s rights.

“Today, there is a problem with women’s role in modern society,” he said Tuesday in Rabat, the Moroccan capital, when asked about the government’s position on women’s rights. “Women don’t even find time to get married, to be mothers or to educate their children. Why don’t we embrace this sacred status that God gave to women?”

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U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signs an anti-homosexual bill into law at the state house in Entebbe, 36 km (22 miles) southwest of the capital Kampala February 24, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/JAMES AKENA

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and canceled a regional military exercise in response to a Ugandan law that imposes harsh penalties on homosexuality.

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