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Artists trade acid for roses in support of Iranian women


In the past few weeks, four women have been the victims of acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, these attacks have been carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists decided to accost women in the same way except, this time, instead of acid, they stopped them to give them roses. Read more...
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Burkina’s bogus butts

 
In Bobo-Dioulasso’s markets, prosthetics shaped like female backsides have become a best seller. According to our Observer, large behinds are very trendy in Burkina Faso these days. Read more...
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‘Ultras girls', the Muslim Brotherhood’s rowdy female fan base

 
Since Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power last July, female members of the Muslim Brotherhood have participated massively in protests calling for his reinstatement. But in an effort to make their voices heard, they're turning to an unlikely source of inspiration: football fans. Read more...
 
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China's all-women police brigade suffers backlash in Bo Xilai scandal

 
Security forces violently suppressed and arrested an estimated thirty female police officers who were protesting the termination of their employment contracts in Chongqing. The women are no longer welcome back at work because they were recruited under the disgraced Bo Xilai, the former Communist Party Chief for the municipality, who is accused of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. Read more...
 
 
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Women hold ‘miniskirt march’ against sexual violence

 
Thousands of scantily clad women rallied in the streets of Johannesburg last week for a “Miniskirt March” to condemn high levels of sexual violence in South Africa. Our Observer shares her views on being a woman in South Africa and why it was important for her to participate in the march. Read more…
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Hit, kicked and bruised: beatings at Russian women’s prison caught on video

 
A Russian prison official has been placed in detention for at least two months after footage of him punching, kicking and pulling the hair of female inmates was leaked online, sparking outrage and calling the country’s penal system into question. Watch the videos…
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Women strengthen the ranks of Yemen’s protesters

 
A video showing a female protester shot dead by a sniper in the southern city of Taiz has prompted thousands of women to take to the streets in Yemen. Our Observers say the participation of women could breathe new life into the protest movement. Read more…

Egyptian women stand at the forefront of the uprising

 
Although the footage on our TV screens seems to show male-dominated crowds, the women of Egypt have also been participating fully in the popular uprising. Furthmore, some Web users have created Facebook pages to pay homage to the female Egyptian protester. Read more...
 
 
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Women-only beach “an oasis of calm”

Ladies, are you dreaming of a beach void of men? Well dream no more. Just make your way to Pedocin, Italy. Read more...

The armed Shia group that’s cracking the Lebanese up

Videos of an obscure armed group are circulating on the net. The "Islamic Arab Resistance" present themselves as the Shia rival to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Watching their training footage however, it doesn't seem to hold true. Read more...

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