Women's Rights

Egyptian singer arrested for 'inciting debauchery' after eating a banana in music video

A pop star has been arrested in Egypt on suspicion of inciting debauchery in a music video.<p>Shyma, who was shown dancing in her underwear and eating …

Egypt

The U.N. climate talks have a gender gap. Women plan to fix it.

Since women are disproportionately affected by climate change, it’s about time they get a bigger seat at the negotiating table.<p>The Women and Gender …

Climate

Activists Are Worried Turkey’s New Law Signals Future Women’s Rights Rollback

Turkey could be facing a “slippery slope” toward legalized child marriage after the passage of a new law, according to women’s rights groups speaking …

Rights & Freedoms

Largest women’s conference in the world coming to Vancouver in 2019

Thousands of influencers, leaders and advocates are preparing to come to Vancouver for the Women Deliver Conference in 2019.<p>The conference is the …

Canadian News

Twitter Users Show Support For Affordable Birth Control, Opposing New Insurance Policy

Twitterati showed their support for birth control with the hashtag #TnxBirthControl on Wednesday in response to the Trump Administration ripping the …

News (U.S.)

Nine-year-old girls in Iraq could be forced to marry under new Muslim laws

The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims.<p>Human rights activists are …

Rights & Freedoms

PC Gone Crazy: Newspaper Reports on Adult Infant vs Women's Rights

Imagine if a newspaper reporter from fifty years ago were granted a wish to see just one news story from our era. The reporter might get a bit …

Conservative View

Turkish marriage law a blow to women's rights, say activists

Bill allowing Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages passed despite protests amid fears it could lead to more child brides<p>Activists and opposition politicians in Turkey have rounded on a law that allows Muslim clerics to conduct civil marriages, describing it as a blow to women’s rights and …

Rights & Freedoms

Understanding Morocco's Failure to Pass an Anti-Harassment Law

A few weeks after I arrived in Morocco in early August, hundreds of women staged a mass sit-in in Casablanca to protest the sexual assault of a young …

Feminism

Abortion in Italy, a Right Wronged

Late last month, Cosimo Borraccino, a left-wing member of the regional council for Apulia, in southern Italy, proposed passing a local law to require the enforcement of national legislation granting women access to abortion. His opponents on the council, mostly from center-right parties, said the …

Rights & Freedoms

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On November 12, 1815, civil rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, New York. Stanton was a leading figure in the women’s …

Civil Rights

Girls in Iraq ‘could be married at nine’ if draft law is approved

Iraq has moved a step closer to allowing girls as young as nine to marry, human rights campaigners have claimed.<p>The proposal is part of a draft law recently approved by 40 MPs that would see the restoration of religious courts, says Equality Now (EN).<p>Government courts have, since 1959, ruled on …

Rights & Freedoms

Inside London's anti-Trump bar that's raising money for refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights

Twumps in London is an anti-Trump bar. It opened to raise money for charities supporting refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights.<p>The bar is designed to look like Trump's NYC penthouse, with a lot of gold furniture made to look cheap and nasty on purpose.<p>There are a lot of references to Russia in …

LGBTQ

Jessie Mueller, Judy Kuhn, and More Promote Women’s Rights in November 12 Double Standards

The NYC Town Hall evening of duets is designed to promote ‘health and empowerment.’<p>A who’ s who of Broadway stars including Tony Award winner Jessie …

Coca-Cola's New Advert Sparks A Pepsi-Style Backlash For Exploiting Social Justice Movements

"Apparently the answer to oppression of women is an ice cold Coke."<p>A new Coca-Cola advert has sparked online controversy for what some believe to be …

Advertising

'Cooking Up Trouble' Brings Feminism into the Kitchen

Plus all sales from this cookbook benefit Planned Parenthood.<p>The term “self care” gets thrown around a lot. And, in a year marked by stark political divisions, devastating natural disasters, and painful debates over gun control, it makes sense that we are drawn to the idea of nurturing our bodies …

Planned Parenthood

Videos reveal the abuse Iranian women receive for not wearing the hijab

Campaign started by Iranian journalist has seen thousands of women film themselves without a headscarf.<p>Women's rights campaigners in Iran have …

Misogyny

Haredi man arrested for vandalizing women’s faces on Jerusalem billboards

An ultra-Orthodox man was arrested overnight Tuesday on suspicion of vandalism for blacking out the faces of women on several billboards in …

Israel

Iraq’s marriage and family rights are under threat

For the third time since the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the National Personal Status Law number 188 of 1959, which is still on the statute book, is …

Rights & Freedoms

North Korea says sanctions hurting women, children

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday it was working to uphold women's rights and gender equality but that sanctions imposed by major powers were taking a toll on vulnerable families.<p>Han Tae Song, ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in …

North Korea

Hillary Clinton lost the U.S. election one year ago—and women kept losing

Over the past 12 months, the fragility of women’s rights and safety has only gotten clearer<p>It wasn’t until Hillary Clinton lost the U.S. presidential …

Elections

These Lawyers Have A Case For Charging ISIS With Killing LGBT People

If the International Criminal Court takes the case, it would be the first time persecuting LGBT people would be tried as a crime against humanity.<p>Three organizations announced a petition on Wednesday asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring charges against ISIS for persecuting the …

World News

There's No Reason Domestic Abusers Should Have Such Easy Access to Guns

At this point, we know the horrific drill: Someone wielding a gun kills scores of people in a matter of minutes, news updates deliver tragic stories …

Gun Control

Weinstein Reportedly Hired "Army Of Spies" to Collect Dirt

In what turned out to be a futile attempt to avoid his downfall, Harvey Weinstein hired an "army of spies" to target women accusing him of sexual …

Entertainment

Grassroots efforts in Tunisia to advance women’s rights

In a building tucked away on a dusty street in Tunis’s Lafayette neighborhood, a classroom full of a dozen young Tunisian women listen to lectures amid bursts of laughter on a spring day earlier this year. The group is a diverse mix of women sporting smartly tucked headscarves, brightly colored …

Civil Rights

Bridging Pakistan’s Gender Divide

“Our people won’t let a girl study beyond the third grade (eight or nine years old). But this girl here cries and says: ‘I want to learn’. And I love …

Gender

Why the Republican Tax Plan Gives Fetuses the Right to Save for College

Careful readers of the GOP’s atrocious tax plan were rewarded with a little anti-abortion Easter egg. In a provision about tax benefits for college …

Rights & Freedoms

Improving women's lives through energy: What Rick Perry got right and wrong

On Nov. 2, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry clumsily stated that fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assaults on vulnerable women in Africa. …

Climate

Morocco debates law to address public harassment of women but passing it may prove difficult

Last month, the Moroccan Parliament once again debated legislation long sought by women’s rights activists here that would make it a crime to harass …

Canadian News

Mumbaikars, would you like to see a non-political icon on currency notes

<b>Nachiket Barve, fashion designer</b><br>'I would like to see Pandita Ramabai on an Indian currency note. A social reformer, she pioneered women's education …

Fashion (India)