Justice

The promise of justice is receding, Nicaraguan women say

Nicaraguan lawmakers passed Law 779 three years ago to protect victims of domestic violence — to international praise. But women say the law since has been watered down, and special courts don't have the resources to investigate complaints. Advocates fear women who seek justice could end up worse off, but they vow to fight for the law's original intent.

Justice

Matahara: When pregnant women, new moms are harassed at work

A lawsuit has drawn the Japanese public's attention to "matahara": a word coined from the English "maternity harassment." It refers to the practice of demoting or even laying off women when they become pregnant. It's against the law in Japan, but still widespread. Advocates hope giving it a name will start to change that.

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