women's rights

The Saudi woman who took to the driver's seat

 
In a tough setback for aspiring Saudi female drivers, Saudi police have arrested female activist Manal al-Sharif, who boldly posted a video of herself behind the wheel on YouTube on Friday. Our Observer was with her during the symbolic drive. Read more...
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Saudi Arabia’s women go all out for the right to vote

In Saudi Arabia, a country in which women are legal minors who can do nothing without the permission of their male guardians, the last thing electoral officials expected was for a group of women to march in to a voter’s registration centre with the firm intention of signing up on electoral registers. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Riyadh on April 24, and the scene was caught on camera. Read more...
 

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Was 'man-beating' incident in Delhi subway's women-only compartment actually staged?

 
A video of male passengers being slapped around by angry women after they enter a women-only compartment in the New Delhi underground has been viewed over 100,000 times on YouTube. But some viewers think the incident was especially staged for cameras. Read more and watch the video…

Slain mother is a stark reminder of women’s brutal fate in Mexico

 
Marisela Escobedo was holding a vigil for her murdered daughter in front of the state governor’s office in Chihuahua City last Thursday when a man drove up and shot her in the head, in full view of security cameras and numerous onlookers. On the day of Escobedo's wake, armed men burned her family business down. Even by Mexico’s standards of violence, Escobedo's tragic story came as a shock. Read more…
 
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"Then I see his penis out!": New York woman shames subway flasher

 
She’s the woman every  woman dreams of being when confronted by a man exposing himself. When Nicola Briggs noticed the exposed penis of a man standing much too close to her in a New York subway on September 4, she didn’t recoil in disgust, but gave her offender the verbal lashing he deserved. Read more and watch the video…
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Saudi women set pink ribbon record

 
Staging a massive all-women pink rally to raise awareness of breast cancer is a strong symbol in any country. In Saudia Arabia, it’s a historic feat. Read more…
 
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Palestinian woman breaks taboo to cycle across Gaza strip

In Gaza, an unspoken rule bans women from riding bicycles after they have hit puberty. But last Saturday, one young Palestinian woman decided to defy the taboo, sparking smiles - and a few threats - from fellow Gazans. Read her account and see the photos...

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Indian women learn karate - to thwart male aggressors


More and more Indian women are signing up to learn karate, Israeli krav-maga and traditional stick-fighting. Not to protect themselves against thieves, but against the sexually frustrated. Read more...
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Singer tells women to give up work and focus on their man

These are the opening lines to a song that's proving worryingly popular in Beirut and Damascus. Naturally, it's also causing quite a stir with local women's rights supporters. Read more...

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Burqa debate: "Forget national identity, it’s about women’s rights”

Despite a warning from France's top legal body that a ban on full veils would be vulnerable to legal challenges, some members of the ruling UMP party are continuing to push for a bill. Meanwhile, in Belgium, MPs have voted to prohibit wearing clothes that impede identification, in a move aimed directly at the burqa. Read more...

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