Elderly rape victim ridiculed in video interview

2014-08-17 22:25

The Mpumalanga Older Persons Forum has condemned the circulation of a video of community members insensitively interviewing an elderly woman who had just been raped.

Men who abuse women are animals - Makhura

2014-08-10 09:18

Men who abuse, rape and kill women and children are "not men but animals", Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Women's Day.

China offer bonus for mother's moniker

2014-08-02 06:00

Chinese parents are being offered cash rewards to give their newborn children the mother's last name, a report says, in an unusual attempt to address the traditional preference for sons.

Birth control bombshell for KZN health dept

2014-07-30 08:39

KwaZulu-Natal's health department is battling a birth control bombshell after insisting women students chosen to study pharmacy in India be injected with contraceptives.

Church of England approves women bishops

2014-07-14 22:32

The Church of England has overcome bitter divisions to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history.

Church of England to vote on 'women bishops'

2014-07-14 07:56

The Church of England may vote to allow female bishops for the first time in its history, ending half a century of bitter divisions over the role of women.

Cairo mob sex attackers on trial

2014-06-25 23:00

The trial of 13 Egyptian men accused of taking part in mob sexual assaults on women during rallies has begun.

UNHCR slams caste-based sex attacks

2014-06-18 06:37

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice.

I'm not "just a chick", mister

2014-06-10 15:30

The reality of our world is that women and men are still not treated equally in the workplace, says Cath Jenkin.

I'm not "just a chick", mister

2014-06-03 15:58

The reality of our world is that women and men are still not treated equally in the workplace, says Cath Jenkin.

Call for quotas for women in business

2014-05-26 19:56

Britain should introduce quotas to promote women in the workplace, says Cherie Booth QC, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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.


India's PM slams rape shame, communal violence

2014-08-15 10:30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned a spate of rapes as a source of shame for India and urged an end to communal violence as he vowed to improve the lives of the nation's poor.

Women belong in house

2014-08-09 14:29

More than 20% of South African women still believe 'their place is in the house', according to an Ipsos survey.

Pakistan acid attacks on women creating fear

2014-07-31 14:00

A recent spate of acid attacks in Pakistan has sparked an impassioned debate about rising ‘Islamisation’ that is forcing an increasing number of women to stay at home.

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women

2014-07-21 10:33

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted 'Respectfully reserved for women', and around 30cm wider than normal.

C of E to vote 'yes' for women bishops

2014-07-14 16:13

The Church of England is set to let women become bishops in a vote that would overturn centuries of tradition.

Girls are meant to be pretty not smart

2014-06-26 14:07

This commercial highlights how negative stereotypes can threaten a girl’s academic performance.

Mormon church excommunicates group founder

2014-06-24 13:33

The Mormon church excommunicated the founder of a prominent women's group, a rare move that brings down the harshest punishment available.

Jolie, Hague vow action against sexual violence

2014-06-10 18:09

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague have vowed to ensure the world's first summit on ending sexual violence in conflict resulted in practical action.

Egypt - new penalties for sexual harassment

2014-06-05 22:25

Egypt has approved new punishments for sexual harassment, amid rising pressure on authorities to fight the rampant phenomenon.

Number of women in Cabinet welcomed

2014-05-27 07:39

The Commission for Gender Equality says it is pleased that about 40% of the new Cabinet is comprised of women, and says that 50/50 gender parity is "within reach".

ANC premier choices a step backwards - CGE

2014-05-21 13:56

The appointment of only one female provincial premier by the ANC is alarming and a step backwards for gender equality, the Commission for Gender Equality says.

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.

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