As a student preparing to begin her final year of legal studies in Afghanistan, Azad* felt her future held endless possibilities. The drive and talent that had propelled her best academic performance, coupled with a sense that her country was on the threshold of a new era of good governance,Read More →

More than 120 members of the European Parliament have denounced the Riyadh regime’s “continued persecution” of Saudi women human rights defenders, saying activists released from prison still face rights violations and severe restrictions in the kingdom . The lawmakers, in a joint letter signed on International Women Human Rights DefendersRead More →

Three women’s rights activists – Baia Pataraia, Eliso Rukhadze and Tozu Gulmamedli – received the Kato Mikeladze Award from the Women’s Fund for their dedication to gender equality and the protection of women’s rights in Georgia. Tozu Gulmamedli is an activist working with ethnic minority women and founder of theRead More →

The international community must live up to its long-term commitment to women’s rights in Afghanistan, Amnesty International said, ahead of a new campaign highlighting the achievements of 16 remarkable Afghan women. To mark this year’s 16 Days of Gender-Based Violence Activism, an annual international campaign celebrating women from all partsRead More →

Malala Yousafzai said the rescue of women’s rights activists and others from Afghanistan captured by the Taliban brought “hope and security” to vulnerable Afghans. The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s comments come as it emerged that a former Afghan minister, as well as a lawyer who prosecuted more than 2,000 TalibanRead More →

The protests come amid growing outrage over women killed by their partners and as French women increasingly speak out against sexual harassment and abuse. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across France to demand more government action to prevent violence against women. Saturday’s protests, in Paris andRead More →

(Beirut) – Iran’s new population law further violates women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and puts women’s health and lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iranian authorities must immediately repeal the provisions that restrict human rights. On November 1, 2021, Iran’s Guardian Council approved the “Population RejuvenationRead More →

The UCI, Cal State Long Beach, and Northridge collaborated on an event on feminism, women’s rights, and Afghanistan titled “Islamization, Women’s Rights, and Feminist Engagement: A Conversation on Confirming the ‘Afghanistan’ on Thursday 7 October. The event was organized by Southern California professor-activists Catherine Sameh, Azza Basarudin and Khanum Shaikh,Read More →

In March 1886, 28-year-old Pandita Ramabai traveled from England to Philadelphia at the invitation of Rachel Bodley, dean of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. It was an exceptional occasion. A new class had graduated from the historic institution and one of India’s first female medical students, Anandibai Joshi. AddingRead More →

NEW YORK, October 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — International women’s rights organization Equality Now is hosting its Making equality a reality gala on October 12, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Supporters from around the world can join some of their favorite artists and activists for an evening celebrating InternationalRead More →

Protesters are expected to flood the streets of Southern California this weekend, joining activists across the country for the fifth annual Women’s March, which will take place in the wake of a restrictive abortion law in Texas and before a U.S. Supreme Court case over Mississippi abortion laws — aRead More →

Beijing’s ambitious ‘women’s development’ proposals have raised concerns about a commitment to reducing abortions, with feminists and scholars pointing to the government’s history of control over women’s reproductive rights. On Monday, China’s State Council released its latest ten-year plan for women’s development. The lengthy document contained guidelines for China’s genderRead More →

As several states introduce legislation restricting access to abortions across the United States, the nation’s global influence as an advocate for gender equality is subverted. Outside the Supreme Court after the decision on Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedta 2016 Texas abortion case. (Adam Fagen/Flickr) This month, world leaders gather inRead More →

Placeholder while loading article actions When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last month, their leaders promised to respect women’s rights. But in the weeks since, the group has done little to allay fears that it will once again exclude women from politics and public life. Among its first targetsRead More →

Marcia Freedman, an Israeli lawmaker who pioneered LGBTQ and women’s rights in the 1970s and started the country’s first women’s shelter, died Tuesday at the age of 83. The US-born left-winger was also an early advocate of the two-state solution, advocating for recognition of an independent Palestinian state. She divorcedRead More →

Artist and activist Sonita Alizadeh speaks during the ‘Girl, Uninterrupted: Increased Opportunity During Adolescence’ plenary session at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York, United States, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Afghan rapperRead More →

Texas’ new anti-abortion law is a “terrifying” reminder of the fragility of hard-won rights, pro-choice activists have said, as they warn of a “more aggressive, much better organized” law. [and] better-funded global opposition movement”. Pro-choice activists have scored several victories in recent years, including in Ireland, Argentina and, most recently,Read More →

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, despite decades of activism and promises, women remain disadvantaged in almost every sphere – from the workplace and home to the highest levels of business and government. Policies and systems continue to neglect women’s needs, leaving them, for example, without access to reproductive healthRead More →