women's rights

This Week in History: November 30 – December 6

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 3, 1912: First Balkan War Ends The Balkan League, a military coalition between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, signed an armistice agreement with the Ottoman Empire on this day in history, with Greece refusing to sign the truce agreement despite being

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Driven to Dhaka by Disasters, Bangladeshi Girls Harassed Into Marriage

By Liz Mermin and Mushfique Wadud DHAKA, Oct 25 – It was after floods washed away her family’s river-front land in Bangladesh’s northern Jamalpur district that Brishti Rafiq’s widowed father brought her to live in Dhaka. “We couldn’t survive like that. We had no property or anything,” she said of her former home. She was

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Malala Yousafzai’s Father on Raising Feminist Sons

Newsweek Middle East EXCLUSIVE: At the Investing in the Future UN Women Conference in Sharjah, UAE, Newsweek Middle East‘s Arfa Shahid asked Malala Yousafzai’s father how he is raising feminist sons who ensure the empowerment of women. Malala has two younger brothers, Khushal Khan and Atal Khan. Here’s what Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai, a U.N. Special

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Indian Rape Survivor Comic Superhero Takes on Acid Attacks

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Oct 13  – Two years after unveiling a comic about a rape survivor-turned-superhero who takes on her abusers, filmmaker Ram Devineni is using a sequel to highlight the acid attacks that maim and scar hundreds of women in India every year. “Priya’s Shakti” was the first Indian comic book of its

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Why Devote an Entire Day to Honor Girlhood?

By Meera Damji October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, which the United Nations began commemorating in 2011. Every year, this day is celebrated to honor the girl child.  But, have you ever wondered why it is so important to celebrate girls? Why do we dedicate an entire day just honor girlhood? Well,

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Pakistan Passes Law Criminalizing Honor Killings

As the world celebrated “International Day of the Girl Child,” Pakistan passed a law criminalizing honor killings. The law makes it mandatory for perpetrators to be imprisoned for 25 years, even if pardoned by the victim’s family. Social Streams

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Indian Female Taxi Driver Documentary Hopes to Inspire, Embolden Women

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Oct 10  – When Selvi was 14, she was married off to an abusive husband who forced her into prostitution. Over a decade later, her escape and journey to becoming one of India’s first female taxi drivers are the subject of a documentary film, “Driving With Selvi”, that aims to inspire

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Pakistan Parliament Passes Legislation Against “Honour Killings”

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 – Pakistan‘s parliament unanimously passed legislation against “honour killings” on Thursday, three months after the murder of an outspoken social media star. A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law

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Egypt Seeks Tougher Punishment for Female Genital Mutilation

By Menna Zaki CAIRO, Aug 29 – Women’s rights activists hailed the Egyptian government on Monday for advocating increased prison sentences for perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) but warned that a new law could shroud the practice in greater secrecy. Egypt’s cabinet on Sunday approved a bill, which must be passed by parliament to

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