Women's rights and gender equality

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‘They used our hijabs to gag us’: Iran protesters tell of rapes, beatings and torture by police
As human rights organisations report an escalation in the brutal treatment of detainees, we speak to some of those who claim to have suffered at the hands of state security forces

Deepa Parent and Ghoncheh Habibiazad

06, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘Who are you to stop me?’: the hip-hop group speaking up for India’s women
Rappers Wild Wild Women use their searing lyrics to highlight the treatment of their sisters in a socially conservative country

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi

27, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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‘I buckled when I saw her remains’ – the biopic about ‘Europe’s first female suicide bomber’
After repeating ‘fake news’ about Hasna Aït Boulahcen’s role in the Paris attacks, Dina Amer switched from journalism to directing – to uncover deeper truths about this tragic misfit

Steve Rose

25, Jan, 2023 @4:19 PM

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Yazidi women kept as slaves by IS appeal to UN to intervene in their fight for compensation
Lawyers demand support from Australia for five victims of Khaled Sharrouf in test case for international law on torture survivors

Kaamil Ahmed

24, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Labour must discuss gender with ‘respect’, says Keir Starmer
Rosie Duffield had said she felt ostracised by the party because of her views on gender reforms

Caroline Davies

23, Jan, 2023 @6:38 PM

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Cracks in authoritarian regimes offer hope in a dark year, says Human Rights Watch
Watchdog praises protests in China and Iran and international response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in annual report on the state of human rights

Karen McVeigh

12, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘She has let go of the past’: dance eases the trauma for Peru’s Shining Path survivors
Rebels tortured and murdered their people in the 80s and 90s. Now a women’s dance programme is helping survivors to heal and honour lost loved ones

Dan Collyns in Mazamari

06, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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How mushrooms could mean economic independence for Benin’s women
Some rural women could find a way through the challenges brought by climate crisis, inequality and conflict by cultivating fungi in the former Marxist state

Joshua Surtees in Toui-Kilibo

03, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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To the Andrew Tate disciples who feel downtrodden by society: straight white men are still winning | Zoya Patel
While it’s easy to mock these young men, we need everyone on board if we are to fix inequality

Zoya Patel

02, Jan, 2023 @4:34 AM

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The year in patriarchy: a dancing PM, an ‘inclusive’ M&M, and lots of protests
2022 saw a stunning reverse on reproductive rights in the US but there were also victories for women – and the plain bizarre

Arwa Mahdawi

31, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Anger as Pakistan court frees rapist after he agrees deal to marry his victim
Dawlat Khan had received a life sentence for the rape of a young deaf woman but a council of elders intervened to offer a compromise

Haroon Janjua in Islamabad

30, Dec, 2022 @2:22 PM

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Iranian chess player ‘moving to Spain’ after competing without headscarf
Sara Khadem and family plan to set up residence in an unnamed Spanish city, according to reports

Ashifa Kassam in Madrid

29, Dec, 2022 @9:24 PM

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