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Malawi's Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage

Malawi’s Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage

An estimated 50 percent of Malawian girls becoming child brides, and approximately one in eight girls are married by 15.
Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Brunei's Brutal Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Brunei’s Brutal Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured an operation that involves breaking the pelvis or having their pubic bone sawed through. Others claim their wombs were removed entirely.
Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Despite legal protections for gender equality, around 3,600 attacks against schools, students, and teachers were recorded in just the year 2012 alone.
John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei's Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code

John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei’s Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code

John Legend announced that he would not be performing at the coveted L.A. Confidential party hosted at the Beverly Hills Hotel in protest of the new penal code introduced by the Hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
The World Future Council Calls on Governments to End FGM

The World Future Council Calls on Governments to End FGM

Today, on International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, dozens of activists, writers, and leaders are releasing a statement calling for a global increase in action to end FGM worldwide.
Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet

Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet

Women activists and civil society groups therefore walked the streets of Kabul yesterday, demanding that women’s voices be represented within the country’s cabinet.
Northern Ireland's Human Right Commission To Review Abortion Ban

Northern Ireland’s Human Right Commission To Review Abortion Ban

Currently, abortion law in the area has abortion illegal in all cases except when a pregnant person's life is at risk or when there is the risk of permanent or serious damage to the pregnant person's mental or physical health.
Women Who Protested Saudi Arabia's Driving Ban Remain in Prison

Women Who Protested Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban Remain in Prison

Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Alamoudi, 33, were arrested while they were crossing into Saudi Arabia on November 30.
Two Imprisoned Women's Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed

Two Imprisoned Women’s Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed

Both women were arrested in October and served around 90 days in prison for non-violent crimes.
Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund

Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund

The United States restored its funding for UNFPA under President Obama in 2009.
Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

This is the first time a doctor has been convicted in Egypt of this crime.
#HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality

#HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality

The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
Three Women Were Nominated for Cabinet Posts in Afghanistan's Unity Government

Three Women Were Nominated for Cabinet Posts in Afghanistan’s Unity Government

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah announced 25 nominees for the Afghan cabinet yesterday.
Boko Haram's "Deadliest Massacre" Kills Thousands in Nigeria

Boko Haram’s “Deadliest Massacre” Kills Thousands in Nigeria

The majority of those killed were women, children, and the elderly who could not flee quickly enough.
Ontario to Include Consent in Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Ontario to Include Consent in Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Thanks to a request from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Canadian province will now include teaching consent in its sex-education curriculum.
Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver's Licenses in Russia

Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver’s Licenses in Russia

The new regulations put trans folks and anyone suffering from "fetishism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism" among those with primarily physical impairments such as blindness who are barred from driving.
Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support

Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support

The court's decision to take the pregnant woman off life support was in line with her family's wishes.
Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India

Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India

On Sunday, independent candidate Madhu Kinnar was elected mayor over Mahaveer Guruji of the popular Bharatiya Janata Party by more than 4,500 votes.
More Women Agents at the Border Could Mitigate Sexual Assault Crisis

More Women Agents at the Border Could Mitigate Sexual Assault Crisis

Following rampant accusations of sexual assault and harassment of female migrants, Customs and Border Protection is looking to boost the number of female agents on staff.