Women's rights and gender equality

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‘Hosnia had dreams’: grief in Kabul as girls’ school targeted
Hazara community in mourning but defiant after more than 60 people killed in school bomb blasts

Stefanie Glinski in Kabul

14, May, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Violence against women ‘a pandemic’, warns UN envoy
A decade after Istanbul convention was drawn up to end gender-based violence, activists report decline in women’s rights and safety

Sarah Johnson and Ruth Michaelson

13, May, 2021 @12:14 PM

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Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds
Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently needed

Liz Ford

06, May, 2021 @6:15 AM

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Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’
More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseas

Liz Ford

30, Apr, 2021 @1:41 PM

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Female political prisoners in Iran facing ‘psychological torture’, say campaigners
Reports of deteriorating treatment of human rights activists, with an increase in moves to ‘dangerous’ jails often far from families

Sarah Johnson

30, Apr, 2021 @11:01 AM

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‘Devastating for women and girls’: UK cuts 85% in aid to UN family planning
UNFPA says £130m being withheld would have helped prevent 250,000 child and maternal deaths in poorest countries

Liz Ford

29, Apr, 2021 @11:48 AM

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Brittany Higgins ‘disappointed’ meeting with Scott Morrison yet to be organised
The prime minister says he expects the conversation with the former Liberal staffer who alleges she was raped in parliament to be ‘arranged soon’

Katharine Murphy Political editor

21, Apr, 2021 @7:48 AM

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‘Terrible days ahead’: Afghan women fear the return of the Taliban
After 20 years of liberty, female education is once again threatened by hardline Islamists

Akhtar Mohammad Makoii in Herat and Michael Safi

14, Apr, 2021 @3:34 PM

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‘Marry your rapist’ laws in 20 countries still allow perpetrators to escape justice
Critical UN report says the legislation is ‘deeply wrong’, subjugates women and shifts the burden of guilt on to the victim

Sarah Johnson

14, Apr, 2021 @8:52 AM

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‘I won’t allow myself to be broken’: Russia’s Eurovision candidate Manizha takes on ‘the haters’
The singer’s fight against domestic violence and homophobia and her body-positive posts on Instagram have led to a torrent of abuse – some from very powerful people

Andrew Roth Moscow correspondent

09, Apr, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Women's cabinet taskforce discusses 'practical' budget measures in first meeting
Marise Payne says government is developing a package to address ‘gaps’ in existing programs

Sarah Martin

06, Apr, 2021 @6:59 AM

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'Quite the turnaround': Amanda Stoker's journey from Liberal moderate to arch-conservative
Party insiders tell how Scott Morrison’s newly minted assistant minister for women built her support with anti-abortion and anti-trans views

Amy Remeikis and Paul Karp

02, Apr, 2021 @7:00 PM

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