Sex rights still contentious - UN

2014-04-11 09:36

The UN population chief says many issues remain as contentious as they were 20 years ago, including sexual rights, abortion, sex education, lesbian and gay rights, and child marriage.

Australia top court recognises 'neutral' gender

2014-04-02 11:48

Australia's highest court has recognised the existence of a third "non-specific" gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners say will help end years of discrimination.

Iraqi bill to legalise child marriage

2014-03-14 11:47

A contentious draft law in Iraq may open the door to girls as young as 9 getting married and would require wives to submit to sex anytime, provoking outrage from rights activists.

More place for women in the workplace

2014-03-05 18:59

A bill that aims to see at least a 50% representation of women in decision-making structures in businesses and government has been adopted in the National Assembly.

Gender bill a waste of time - chamber

2014-01-30 18:04

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it is currently unrealistic to force departments and firms to have a 50% representation of women in top posts.

ANCWL wants 50% gender quota for Gauteng

2014-01-26 20:33

Women should make up half of the representatives in the Gauteng legislature, ANC Women's League provincial chair Patricia Chueu has said.

French court upholds controversial burqa ban

2014-01-08 17:44

A French court has convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in public and threw out her bid to have the country's controversial burqa ban declared unconstitutional.

Zuma appoints mostly female judges

2013-12-01 16:14

President Jacob Zuma has appointed six new female judges to the High Court on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.

Senegal lesbians not guilty

2013-11-20 18:08

A Senegal judge has freed a women accused of violating a law banning homosexual acts.

Afghan girl scarred in acid attack now a teacher

2013-11-05 16:11

Shamsia Husseini who was attacked in 2008 with acid for going to school, has defied expectations, the 22-year-old is now a teacher in her village.

Manning will go to court to become a woman

2013-11-01 17:18

Imprisoned secret documents leaker Chelsea Manning says she'll go to court, if necessary, to get treatment for gender identity disorder.

Malala wants to be PM to 'save' Pakistan

2013-10-11 08:39

Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai has told an audience in New York that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to "save" the country.

Female Saudi council calls for driving debate

2013-10-10 10:12

Saudi women on the ultraconservative kingdom's top advisory council have called for a discussion on the sensitive issue of allowing women to drive, a move that could embolden reformers.

No woman president for ANC yet

2013-10-08 08:49

The ANC Women's League says it expects that a woman will lead the ANC and the country in time, but that it would be a "futile battle" to push for that right now.

Malala gets rights award

2013-10-04 22:40

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has been given the Anna Politkovskaya human rights award.

Clinton to evaluate women's rights

2013-09-25 19:08

Ex-US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has said that she plans to lead an effort to evaluate the progress women have made around the globe in becoming full and equal participants in society.

India 'It's my fault' rape video goes viral

2013-09-23 15:01

A video by a group of comedians that lampoons controversial comments by public figures after the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi last December has gone viral.

Centre to help circumcised women opens

2013-09-11 19:28

Somali-born activist and former supermodel Waris Dirie has opened a centre in Germany to treat victims of female genital mutilation, which she was subjected to as a child.

Chelsea Manning doing well in prison

2013-08-30 08:05

A lawyer for US Army Private Chelsea Manning says the soldier is doing well as she goes through processing at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.

Sexual offences courts to 'reduce backlog'

2013-08-10 14:57

The re-launch of the sexual offences courts will help reduce the backlog of sexual crimes cases, says Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana.

Vavi accepts 'humiliating' censure

2013-08-10 11:01

Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has accepted the censure imposed on him by Corruption Watch.

Zille says still fighting for equality

2013-08-09 17:04

Women in South Africa are still fighting for gender equality and justice, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says.

Women, child abuse engulfing SA - ANC

2013-08-09 14:40

Women and child abuse continues to engulf South Africa and is strongly condemned, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says.

Xingwana: Bill to tackle inequality

2013-08-03 16:03

The adoption of a new bill now before Cabinet, would help to fully emancipate women, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana has said.

Arrest after UK activist targeted online

2013-07-29 12:00

British police have arrested a man in connection with online threats made toward a feminist campaigner, a case which has ignited calls for social media platforms to institute stronger protections.


Saudi mulls end to sports ban in girls' schools

2014-04-09 14:40

Saudi Arabia is considering ending its ban on sports in girls' state schools, after its consultative council recommended the ban be lifted over vociferous opposition from traditionalists.

Egypt varsity sexual harassment sparks outrage

2014-03-18 21:10

A case of sexual harassment in one of Egypt's largest universities has sparked outrage after the dean said the women's outfit triggered the incident.

Business chamber warns of gender quotas

2014-03-06 07:30

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry is concerned about the quotas in the gender equality bill, which aims to have more women in management posts.

Support victims of crime - Makonyane

2014-03-05 15:26

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, while attending the Oscar Pistorius trial, has urged society to support victims of crime, especially women.

India: Suspects in custody after Danish gang-rape

2014-01-15 18:18

Police have been questioning a group of men after a Danish tourist says she was robbed and then gang-raped in the heart of the Indian capital, highlighting sexual violence in India

India judge calls pre-marital sex immoral

2014-01-06 15:41

An Indian judge has declared premarital sex immoral, against every religion and added that no educated woman should have sex believing that her partner will marry her.

French Johns may pay twice

2013-11-22 20:46

French lawmakers will next week consider a bill that punishes the clients of prostitutes and has sparked fierce debate in a country with a long history of liberal attitudes to sex.

Teen's rape galvanises support in Kenya

2013-11-07 17:01

A teen's rape and the grass-cutting punishment of the accused has galvanised support in Kenya for an 'invisible crime'.

Woman arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia

2013-11-03 16:10

A Kuwaiti woman has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a Kuwaiti newspaper reports.

'Don't touch my whore!' enrages France

2013-10-30 21:43

A petition against the abolition of prostitution has created an uproar in France, fuelling an already intense debate on buying and selling sex.

Malala doesn't deserve rights prize: Taliban

2013-10-10 14:24

The Pakistani Taliban says teenage activist Malala Yousafzai had done "nothing" to deserve a prestigious EU rights award and vowed to try again to kill her.

Abbott in running for Aussie sexism awards

2013-10-08 12:13

"Vicious" comments about Australia's first female leader Julia Gillard has dominated the annual "Ernie" awards for sexism with Prime Minister Tony Abbott the "most constant" offender.

Women's rights must be protected - ANCWL

2013-10-07 16:01

The ANC Women's League is calling for a party election manifesto with more women-orientated pillars, president Angie Motshekga says.

Dutch, UK police free teenage girls

2013-09-30 20:08

Dutch and British police have arrested four suspected human traffickers and rescued four teenage girls hidden in the back of a camping car headed for Britain.

Car owners fined for allowing women drivers

2013-09-25 13:58

Saudi traffic police have fined several car owners after six women were found defying the kingdom's male-only driving rules, a Saudi daily reports.

UN Women says there's 'backlash' against equality

2013-09-13 14:04

The new head of the UN agency promoting women's rights says there is "a definite backlash" against equality for women despite some significant progress.

New Saudi law to protect women from abuse

2013-08-30 10:03

Saudi Arabia has adopted a law criminalising domestic violence, usually targeting women and children, in a move hailed by activists who have demanded its swift implementation.


Leaders of the 1956 women's anti-pass law march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria have been awarded the Freedom of the City of Johannesburg.

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Parties urge protection of women, children

2013-08-10 11:01

Political parties have called on government to do more to protect women and children.

Stand against gender injustice: Vavi

2013-08-10 07:34

Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called on the public to stand against all forms of injustice faced by women and girls.

Prioritise gender violence - Mogoeng

2013-08-09 14:40

Matters of gender violence must be prioritised and the nation needs introspection if it wants to eliminate the abuse of women, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says.

UK man held over Twitter abuse of women

2013-08-07 15:01

British police say they have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with threats made on Twitter against a woman lawmaker and a feminist campaigner.

Afghan women's rights at risk

2013-07-29 18:06

Women's rights in Afghanistan risk being further undermined in the fragile country's peace process due to entrenched patriarchal attitudes.

Taliban commander regrets attack on Malala

2013-07-18 07:59

A Pakistani Taliban commander has written a letter to a teenage girl shot in the head by the group, expressing regrets that he didn't warn her before the assassination attempt.

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