Women's rights and gender equality

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Bolivia’s corrupt system failed to stem femicide. Now, feminists are fighting back
The case of Richard Choque, a serial rapist and murderer, who was placed only under house arrest, prompted outrage

Thomas Graham in La Paz

28, Jun, 2022 @9:15 AM

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‘Bought like a chicken’: struggle to end wahaya slavery in Niger
Al-Husseina Amadou was just one of thousands of girls in west Africa who are still bought cheaply as a wahaya, or ‘fifth wife’

Fred Harter in Niamey

28, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Tanzila Khan: disability rights campaigner tells young women ‘the world is yours’
Winner of the inaugural Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment award says she saw mainstream culture did not represent her, so she created her own space

Nicola Kelly

31, May, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Chile government apologizes to woman for forced sterilization
Doctors performed procedure in 2002 without consent while Francisca was under anesthesia because she was HIV positive

John Bartlett in Santiago

26, May, 2022 @9:31 PM

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Male Afghan TV presenters mask up to support female colleagues after Taliban decree
#FreeHerFace campaign gathers force as high-profile men rebel against crackdown on face coverings in Afghanistan

Zahra Joya

24, May, 2022 @1:46 PM

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Sisters allegedly murdered by husbands in Pakistan ‘honour’ killing
Six men arrested after Pakistani-Spanish women tricked into travelling to Gujrat where they were shot

Haroon Janjua in Islamabad

24, May, 2022 @5:30 AM

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US supreme court abortion reversal would be global ‘catastrophe’ for women
If Roe v Wade is overturned, it will encourage anti-choice groups – particularly in the developing world, activists warn

Lizzy Davies

18, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Declare it to a doctor, and it’s over’: Ukrainian women face harsh reality of Poland’s abortion laws
Women turn to aid groups for help, with many unaware their rights to reproductive healthcare have vanished upon crossing the border

Weronika Strzyżyńska

10, May, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Afghanistan face veil decree: ‘I’ve lost the right to choose my clothes’
Women say they fear going out in public despite Taliban vow to respect hard-won rights after 2021 takeover

Zahra Joya and Rukhshana reporters in Kabul

08, May, 2022 @11:59 AM

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Killed by abortion laws: five women whose stories we must never forget
As the US supreme court threatens to undo 49 years of access to safe and legal terminations, five women who died because of bans on abortion stand as warnings of what is at stake globally

Joe Parkin Daniels, Sarah Johnson, Weronika Strzyżyńska, Kaamil Ahmed and Mercy Kahenda

07, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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My grandmother is challenging patriarchal land values in India. I’m so proud of her | Shreya Kalia
Daughters too often get cut out of their inheritance, but more women are standing up for their rights – and change is coming

Shreya Kalia in Delhi

06, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Men take time from female partners for exercise, Australian study finds
Men’s longer hours of paid work ‘buy’ them less family work and more time to be healthy than women, researchers say

Donna Lu

05, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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