India has rebuffed accusations by a UN investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world's biggest democracy, calling her analysis "simplistic" and full of "sweeping generalisations". India's large northern state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a wave of violence and sex crimes, including the rape and murder of two girls aged 12 and 14, which stirred national outrage.
Angelina Jolie appealed for a change in attitude on sexual violence in conflict Tuesday, bringing her celebrity power to an international summit on a topic she said has been taboo for too long.
Workers from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party clashed with police in Uttar Pradesh on Monday over the rape and hanging of two girls last week that have sparked an international outcry.
A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan's top courts on Tuesday in a so-called "honor" killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.
It is illegal in Iran for women to come out in public without wearing a headscarf or a hijab. For violation many women can be fined or even imprisoned. However, women have found their own way of fighting for their human rights in the country. They have created a special page called Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women. Dozens of them have posted their photos on Facebook showing themselves bareheaded.
With fears that women's rights are being eroded in Iraq, prospective female lawmakers are determined to push women's issues to the fore of campaigning for this month's elections.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani admitted Sunday that women in his country still face discrimination and cultural barriers but he insisted they are not universally treated as second-class citizens. "We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination especially for women," he said.
Despite insecurity and cultural restrictions complicating women’s participation in Afghanistan’s nascent democracy, Afghan women are resolute to keep pushing their way to active participation in the civil life and decision-making of the nation. More than 300 females are standing as candidates for the Provincial Councils and three women are contesting the post of Vice President in the elections to be held on April 5, 2014. If successful, the vote will mark the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history, Wall Street Journal reports.
Lebanon's parliament has passed a law making domestic violence a criminal offence after a years-long campaign by civil society groups in a sectarian Arab country steeped in conservativism. It includes positive steps such as providing for restraining orders against abusers, temporary accommodation for the survivors of abuse. Large sectors of Lebanese society have traditionally regarded beatings of women and children as religiously and socially acceptable.
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Nearly 70 percent of women in the world suffer from domestic violence. The shocking figures were released by the UN Commission on the Status of Women at its 58th session in New York, which ran from March 10 through 21. Experts point out that domestic violence is a problem that exists in all countries to a degree that usually depends on the extent of discrimination against women at the state and legislative level.
Libya’s female prisoners have appealed to the country’s spiritual leaders to allow them to commit suicide as endless abuse and humiliation make life unbearable for them. Libyan female activist and rights campaigner Wafa Mabda told in exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia about the brutal mistreatment of women in post-Gaddafi Libya.
Afghanistan has its first female police chief after appointing an officer with 25 years experience to head a district of the capital Kabul. Officials said Colonel Jamila Bayaz would run one of the city’s most important police stations in a move that they hope will pave the way for more women to rise through the ranks.
'We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,' Beyoncé wrote in an essay she contributed to Maria Shriver's annual "Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink," on women and gender equality in America. The Grammy-award winner signed the essay using her hyphenated married name, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
A man has been sentenced to 20 lashes by a judge in the city of Mecca for falsely claiming that his wife was not a virgin at the time of marriage. The husband was sentenced to be flogged in one session for not providing evidence to back up the accusation.
Saudi police on Saturday pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after activists called for a new challenge to a driving ban.
A number of reported sexual assaults in the US military increased by 50 percent over the past year, recent data has shown, with more than 5,000 cases reported during the 2013 fiscal year, up from 3,374 incidents in 2012.
Even though equal rights for men and women are recognized in many countries of the world, Fox News, an American basic cable and satellite news TV channel, seems to be annoyed by the idea.
An appeals court in Egypt on Saturday ordered 14 women jailed after a protest to be freed, reducing 11-year prison terms to a one-year suspended sentence.
US Army female soldiers were allegedly pressured to prostitute themselves to superior officers, with the senior-most officer being the one in charge of sexual assault prevention for the unit. The news originated in the court-martial trial of Master Sergeant Brag Grimes, who, after a two day trial, was found guilty of participating in the prostitution ring.