feminism

Violence, Inequalities and Challenges for Women in the Arab Region

By Lina Abirafeh One in three women worldwide has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. If nothing else, this shocking reality reveals how prevalent gender-based violence is in our lives. This human rights violation exists in every country, culture, context. In the Arab region, gender-based violence exists

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This all-girl “boy band” is shaking up gender norms in China

Acrush is China’s first all-girl “boy band” which released its debut single last week, but already, the it has a huge fan-following. “Our fathers’ generation still holds the idea that girls should dress in a feminine manner, something I was never comfortable with,” band member Min Junqian told Reuters. “I just like to dress in a

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Beyond The Scars

Fearless women stand up against acid attacks By Meera Pattni “I saw my dad, I hugged him and his entire shirt got burned, even after twenty buckets of water were poured on me,” says Laxmi Agarwal. Agarwal was attacked with acid in 2005 while she was on her way to Delhi’s Khan Market. The reason? She

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It is an Issue, Period!

Yes, it’s an emergency! By Arfa Shahid Here’s the thing about menstruation—it hurts. Period cramps are uncomfortable for women in general, but for those diagnosed with dysmenorrhea, the pain is debilitating and cramps leave you doubled over, unable to move. For many, it directly impacts their everyday activity. Dysmenorrhea is often accompanied by menorrhagia—extremely heavy

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MENASA Women: Breaking Glass Ceilings

The importance of male allies in the struggle for gender parity By Arfa Shahid “We don’t give women their rights in the form of charity. Women’s rights are not at the discretion of men—they are inherent,” said Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. I met Yousafzai ahead of his panel discussion at

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Trump Defiantly Apologizes After Lewd Remarks About Women Revealed

By Emily Stephenson and Steve Holland NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Oct 8 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scrambled to prevent his campaign from falling apart early on Saturday with a hastily prepared video statement expressing regret for making lewd comments about women. Trump declared himself a changed man, but raised the infidelities of former President Bill

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Of Women and Business

Women bring virtues and skills of soft power to leadership in the workplace BY: Randa Bessiso It’s a new and emerging global economy which increasingly relies upon and values the virtues of ‘soft power’—the natural leadership style of women. As the world of business becomes friendlier to women, there is also a significant economic premium to

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Despite Reform, Saudi “Guardianship” Still Restricts Women

By Tom Finn DOHA, July 17 – Saudi Arabian laws requiring women to have male guardians have been reformed in recent years but continue to restrict and endanger them, obstructing government plans to reform the economy, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says in a report. The report drew criticism on Sunday from a government rights official,

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How Can the World Improve the Lives of Women and Girls by 2030?

COPENHAGEN, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With women and girls facing discrimination and violence in every part of the world, the United Nations last year committed to work towards gender equality in the next 15 years as part of a new set of global goals. Key participants attending the fourth global Women Deliver conference

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