Women's rights and gender equality

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‘It’s heartbreaking’: Steve McCurry on Afghan Girl, a portrait of past and present
The US photographer’s image of Sharbat Gula captured the story of a country, its people and refugees across the world. Thirty six years on, another picture tells a similar tale – but also one of hope

Lorenzo Tondo and Eric Hilaire

20, Sep, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Texas anti-abortion law shows ‘terrifying’ fragility of women’s rights, say activists
Campaigners fear ban emboldens anti-choice governments as more aggressive opposition, better organised and funded, spreads from US

Lizzy Davies

18, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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MP proposes law to stop employers hiding behind gagging orders
NDAs are being used to silence wrongdoing at work, says chair of women and equalities committee

Rob Davies

15, Sep, 2021 @5:31 PM

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#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan women’s social media protest against Taliban
Women around the world are sharing pictures of themselves in traditional colourful clothes in a campaign against the new strict dress code for female students

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul

15, Sep, 2021 @5:28 AM

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I know how it feels to live under the Taliban. This time, the west must not turn its back | Sana Safi
As a girl in the 1990s, I struggled for an education in underground schools. Afghans face a return to those dark times, says journalist Sana Safi

Sana Safi

13, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Taliban are not the only threat to Afghanistan. Aid cuts could undo 20 years of progress
The most vulnerable people will bear the cost of sanctions, as services and the economy collapse

Kevin Watkins

11, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘Deeply rooted tradition’: one man’s long fight to end illegal dowries in India
After 15 years campaigning, Satya Naresh believes it’s time for government action to stop the custom that causes a woman to die every hour through murder or suicide

Amrit Dhillon in Delhi

08, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Female TV anchor who interviewed Taliban flees Afghanistan
Beheshta Arghand, now in Qatar, says militants started targeting women soon after takeover

Hannah Ellis-Petersen and agencies

01, Sep, 2021 @11:46 PM

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‘Use your £11bn climate fund to pay for family planning,’ UK told
More than 60 NGOs call for spending rule change, saying people on frontline of climate crisis want greater access to reproductive healthcare

Lizzy Davies

26, Aug, 2021 @5:30 AM

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‘I’m one of them’: the FGM survivor providing a lifeline in Leeds
Stigma can stop women seeking help but Hawa Bah, who was cut at eight, reaches those suffering in silence to get them the care they need

Louise Donovan

25, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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‘Don’t avert your eyes’: Afghan teachers urge world to defend girls’ education
Educators say they fear reversal of hard-won progress as aid workers call for Taliban’s desire for international legitimacy to be used as leverage

Karen McVeigh

25, Aug, 2021 @8:43 AM

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Sophia review – flesh-and-blood story of Scotland’s first female doctor
Available online
In her audio play, Frances Poet nimbly entwines Sophia Jex-Blake’s groundbreaking battles with the story of her biographer

Arifa Akbar

24, Aug, 2021 @11:01 PM

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