RAMALLAH,  2 August 2012 (LA TIMES) - Four recent cases of women slain allegedly at the hand of either a husband or father have prompted women and human rights groups to demand tougher Palestinian laws against domestic violence.

Several female activists marched through the streets of Bethlehem on Thursday demanding justice for women in a patriarchal and traditional society. They also demanded severe punishment for men who kill or batter a female family member.

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MAFRAQ, 19 July 2012 (IRIN) - Some Syrian refugees arriving in Jordan are opting to marry off their daughters at a young age believing that marital status offers a form of protection and insurance.

"In Maraq, we have come across around 50 cases of early marriages since the day we started helping out Syrians. Most of them are married to Syrians, especially cousins," said Khaled Ghanem, from the Islamic Society Centre (ISC).

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Georgetown University, 3 July 2012 (Berkley Center) - As part of the Millennial generation, I take great pride in the fact that our generation is the most diverse in history. In my own extended family, I am part of the first generation to be born on American soil, and for this reason, I identify with the American value of E Pluribus Unum. Recognizing our generation’s diversity as a strength reflects the sense that our commonalities as Americans are much greater than our differences. I am particularly interested in interfaith cooperation because I believe that it is an exemplary reflection of both my core American and Muslim values. In this era of division, examples of interfaith cooperation can be a powerful way to heal our nation. For this reason, I was particularly interested in viewing the interfaith movement and the Millennial generation through different perspectives.

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United Nations, 13 July 2012 (Deseret News) Children who have a disability are nearly four times more likely to experience violence than those who don't have one, according to a review of many studies that was conducted for the United National World Health Organization. WHO is asking for international action to protect the vulnerable.

The findings were published in the medical journal The Lancet, and show that children with disabilities are 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence and 2.9 times more likely to be sexually abused.

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