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Discriminatory Nationality Law Denies Right to Education

As another school year is about to begin in Lebanon, the country’s education minister, Tarek Majzoub, has issued a decision which will mean many children cannot attend school. The impact of his decision is to exclude children whose mothers are…
A classroom sits empty at a school in Loueizeh, east of Beirut, Lebanon, March 2, 2020.
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Arts and Human Rights Groups Launch Free Online Program During Covid-19 Pandemic

In most Arabic-speaking countries, state censorship and pervasive social stigma around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues often compel talented queer Arab filmmakers to show their films abroad, and not at home. Additionally,…
Portrait of protagonist from the Moroccan queer film Salvation Army by Abdellah Taïa.
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Domestic Violence Against Lesbians All Too Common in Ghana

Emelia, a woman in her thirties living in Kumasi, Ghana, will never forget the day her father found out she was a lesbian. He beat her for three hours – with his fists, and a belt, and then with a broken beer bottle. Agnes, a…
A young lesbian woman at an LGBT community center in Accra, Ghana.
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Sexual Exploitation and Harassment Also Widespread in Secondary Schools

A hard-hitting BBC television documentary, Sex for Grades, has uncovered rampant sexual abuse, harassment, and bullying of students at two prestigious universities in Nigeria and Ghana, and launched what will hopefully be a new movement.   …
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Gender, Sexuality Conference Moved Outside Lebanon Due to Crackdown

Lebanon used to be known as a port in a storm for human rights defenders from the Arabic-speaking world – especially those working on gender and sexuality – to organize freely and without censorship. A major space for this…
Activists at the opening session of the 2019 NEDWA conference, September 27, 2019.
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LGBT People Routinely Discriminated Against in Job Market

A UN expert on Friday urged Ghana’s government to decriminalize adult consensual same-sex conduct to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The expert, UN Special Rapporteur on…
A young lesbian woman at an LGBT community center in Accra, Ghana.
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Government Should Ensure Program Benefits Poorest and Rural Students

On September 12, Ghana’s new President Nana Akufo-Addo made good on his campaign promise to deliver free secondary education for children across the country. The President pledged “there will be no admission fees, no library fees…
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Another Judge Questions Legal Basis of Prosecuting Homosexuality Under Lebanese Law

A Lebanese judge challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring in a Metn court ruling last week that “homosexuals have a right to human and intimate relationships with whoever they want, without any interference or…
People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006.
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Government Should Implement Law Providing for Inclusive Education

Today, September 1st, will be an exciting first day of school for most Serbian children. But for many children with disabilities, it will be just one more day without a chance to learn, make friends, and interact with peers and teachers. Take for…
A living room in Veternik Institution where children and adults with disabilities spend most of their days. There are no toys, education materials, or carpets on the floor. The only available source of stimulation is a TV attached to the wall.