women's rights

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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Sudanese Forces Silence Female Activists with Violence, Rape

DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Sudanese security forces have used threats, assault and rape to silence female human rights activists, forcing many to abandon their work or flee the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Government officials have targeted women involved in protests and rights campaigns, including students, teachers, lawyers and

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Occupation, Industry Biggest Factors in Gender Pay Gap: Study

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK, March 23 – The biggest obstacle to women receiving equal wages is the sorting of the sexes into different jobs and industries, while differences in education, age and experience account for only a small portion of the gender pay gap, according to new research. Although U.S. Census figures show women

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Men Join Campaigns in India Against FGM Rituals Among the Bohra

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 17  – Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community. Little is known about FGM in India where the ritual is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Shi’ite

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An Afghan Idol

A female contestant on a TV talent show threw off her burqa and sang about domestic violence BY Danielle Moylan   As the band began playing a Latin-style beat, only Sahar Arian’s silhouette was visible to TV audiences across Afghanistan. Slumped onstage, microphone in hand, she began singing cloaked in darkness. “Poets only see my

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Afghan Women Face Invasive Virginity Tests, Says Rights Report

By Josh Smith KABUL, March 1 – Afghan women and girls accused of so-called moral crimes are often forced to endure invasive and scientifically questionable “virginity tests” by government doctors, according to human rights advocates. Improving the lives and rights of women remains a major challenge in Afghanistan nearly 15 years after a U.S.-backed military

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Kenya Urged to Help Women Raped During Post-Election Violence

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 15 – Hundreds of girls and woman raped during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence are struggling with devastating health problems including HIV, a rights group said on Monday, as it urged the government to provide help and compensation. Human Rights Watch (HRW), which interviewed more than 170 rape victims, said most

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