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Militiamen rape 127 women in east Congo town: medical charity | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed men raped 127 women earlier this month during a raid on a town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu province, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.<p>Some 60 militiamen assaulted the women during a May 1 attack on the town of …

North Africa

Childlessness Is Down Among Highly Educated Women

More women with advanced degrees are having children, but the the number of women who have three or four children has declined, according to a new …

Demographics

New ovarian cancer test twice as effective as existing methods

Fourteen-year global trial finds 86% of women can be diagnosed correctly by tracking level of protein in blood<p>A new screening test that tracks changing levels of a protein in the blood can detect twice as many ovarian cancers as conventional methods, research has shown.<p>The technique relies on a …

Cancer

Freed Nigerian Women Tell of Boko Haram Horror

YOLA, Nigeria — Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said on Sunday after they were brought to a government refugee camp.<p>The Nigerian army rescued hundreds of …

Africa
Gender

Indian teen dies trying to escape bus sex assault

Four people in India have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl and her mother were thrown off a moving bus trying to escape a sexual assault, Indian media outlets reported, in an attack that prompted comparisons to the 2012 New Delhi gang rape that drew international condemnation.<p>The teen, her …

India

Nigeria frees 234 more children, women from Boko Haram stronghold

The defence headquarters said in a statement the hostages were rescued on Thursday through the Kawuri and Konduga end of Sambisa forest.<p>Some 500 women and children have already been rescued by the military in the past few days.

Boko Haram
Sex Crimes

Nigeria: 200 girls, 93 women held by Boko Haram rescued

Some of the nearly 300 girls and women freed by Nigeria's military from the forest stronghold of Boko Haram were so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, and experts said Wednesday they would need intensive psychological treatment.<p>The military was flying in medical …

Long before the pill, American women put off motherhood until their 30s

The shift towards late motherhood—commonly defined as motherhood after 35—is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.<p>The narrative goes something like this: Before the widespread availability of the Pill women had no choice but to have children …

Pregnancy

ISIS Raped and Sold Yazidi Women and Girls for Sex: Report

Women and girls were raped, forced into sexual slavery and driven to suicide by ISIS militants rampaging through northern Iraq, according to shocking personal testimonies published Tuesday in a report by Amnesty International. ISIS militants abducted “hundreds, possibly thousands” of men and women …

Amnesty International

How the West is cutting teen pregnancy

<b>Teenage pregnancy is a problem developed Western nations have been battling for decades - and though it sometimes goes unnoticed they have made huge progress.</b><p>"Here's a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers," wrote columnist Nicholas Kristof …

Pregnancy

Indian State Bans Mass Sterilization After Surgeon Uses Bicycle Pump in Operations

A state in India issued a ban on mass sterilizations on Tuesday, a few days after it was revealed that a surgeon had used a bicycle pump in 56 …

India

Women officers secretly filmed in shower on board US Navy submarine

Reports suggest that some of the first women officers to serve on board US Navy subamarines have had secret footage of them undressing distributed by a male colleague. Claire Cohen reports<p>Some of the first women to serve on US Navy submarines have been secretly filmed in the shower.<p><b>A 24-year-old</b> …

Myanmar should investigate girl's killing, say rights groups | Reuters

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s government should investigate the military’s alleged killing of a 14-year-old girl whose father is being prosecuted for making “false charges” after filing a complaint about the attack, rights groups said Saturday.<p>The girl, Ja Seng Ing, was shot by soldiers in September …

U.S. birthrate hit new low in 2013 as women delayed having kids

American women gave birth to 3,932,181 babies in 2013 as the nation's birthrate fell to another record low, federal researchers reported Thursday.<p>The total number of births declined for the sixth straight year, with only 62.5 babies born for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The …

The Hidden Link Between Women and War

Domestic violence against women may actually be a cause of war—so how do we disrupt the vicious cycle that propels young men into battle?<p>The UN’s 16 …

Shut Up, Lady Gaga’s Rape Isn’t About You

Who to believe, the survivor of an assault or some dude who’s solidly convinced that what she’s saying isn’t true?<p>In today’s latest installment of …

Pentagon Survey: More sexual assault cases reported

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Fewer members of the military are being sexually assaulted and more victims are coming forward, the Pentagon said in a long-awaited report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.<p>But 4.3 percent of the United States' active-duty women still say they were the victims of unwanted sexual …

Pregnancy Is Not a Disability

Within your lifetime, pregnancy is going to happen to you or someone you know. Lots of women get pregnant every day. In fact, there’s probably a …

Pregnancy

The Urgency of Educating Women and Girls - Forbes 400 Summit | Forbes

Watch two Indian women fight off harassers on a bus while bystanders do nothing

A viral video has sparked renewed calls to end sexual violence and harassment in India<p>Two years after a young woman was fatally gang raped on a moving bus in New Delhi, a pair of sisters are at the center of renewed outrage over the state of sexual violence and harassment toward women in India. A …

Saudi woman 'arrested' for driving | Saudi Arabia News

A woman who tried to drive in defiance of a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after being blocked at the border with the United Arab Emirates for a day, activists said along with many users on social media.<p>Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women …

Indonesia has subjected policewomen to 'humiliating' virginity tests for decades

Indonesia is trying to double the number of women in its national police force, but female applicants are forced to undergo the humiliating and degrading experience of a virginity test as part of their training.<p>"The young women are led into an examination hall, 20 to a group, where they're asked to …

Gender equality is the next great fight in a post-apartheid South Africa

Many South African women who came of age under an apartheid government are still active in the fight for their rights. But no longer is the main issue race. Now, women and girls across the country are in a fierce struggle against gender inequality.<p>“South Africa is such a complicated place, with …

Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle

Want to know why sexism in persists in American life? Start by taking a look at how toys are sold to boys and girls.<p>Boys speak. Girls listen.<p>That’s …

One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence from partner

More needs to be done to tackle endemic global violence against women, say papers published in the Lancet<p>One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence from their partner, while 7% will be assaulted at some point in their lives by a non-partner, say the authors of a new series of …