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Retaliation Gang Rape in India amid Widespread Sexual Violence

A 21-year-old student in India is recovering after she was abducted, drugged and raped by five men, two of whom are currently out on bail awaiting trial for gang raping the same woman in 2013.

2016 International AIDS Conference Focuses on Access to Treatment

South Africa is hosting the 2016 International AIDS Conference this week, bringing together policy makers, healthcare professionals and persons living with HIV to evaluate the current state of the pandemic and plot a course for moving forward.

Pakistani Feminist Killed by Brother

A Pakistani celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was violently strangled to death by her brother last week, in what he referred to as an “honor killing.”

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”

Obama Announces Continued Troop Presence in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. military intends to withdraw 5,500 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, leaving 8,400 troops in country to provide local security and tailored support.

Afghan Rap Singer, Warrior Against Child Marriage, Awarded

Nineteen year old Afghan rap singer, Sonita Alizadeh, known for protesting child marriage through her songs, was recently depicted in a documentary entitled Sonita, which just won the 2016 World Cinema Documentary Audience Award.

Obama’s New Plan for Troops Means Continued Hope for Afghan Women

The Obama administration has announced that the United States will continue to support the Afghan National Security Forces through 2020.

UN Demands That Ireland Amend Anti-Abortion Legislation

The Council's ruling is incredibly significant, as Ireland has some of the strictest abortion legislation in the world.

Jo Cox, Feminist Member of British Parliament, Remembered

British Parliament paid tribute today to Jo Cox, a Member of Parliament, who was brutally murdered last week in a small town in her native district of West Yorkshire.

First All Female University Opens In Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s first lady Rula Ghani officially inaugurated Moraa, the first-ever all women's university in Afghanistan, last month.

Two Years Later, Over 200 Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Remain Missing

Two years ago in April, the terrorist group Boko Harm kidnapped 276 girls from Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria, prompting an international outcry to #BringBackOurGirls.

US Signs Controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership today in New Zealand, formally ending negotiations on the trade deal.

USAID Promote Program Graduates First Afghan Women Leaders

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani delivered a commencement address in Kabul earlier this month to the first Afghan women graduates from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Women’s Leadership Development program.

Taiwan Elects First Woman President

In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.

China Arrests Prominent Human Rights Lawyer for State Subversion

A prominent human rights lawyer in China was formally arrested and charged with state subversion on Wednesday. Wang Yu’s arrest comes as Chinese state officials continue to crackdown on activists and lawyers engaging in rights defense work.

Chicago Teachers Awarded $280,000 in Damages for Pregnancy Discrimination

Eight women who were fired from their teaching positions following the announcements of their pregnancies will receive nearly $300,000 in damages and back pay.

Tennessee Woman Faces Jail For Coat Hanger Abortion

A Tennessee woman was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week, three months after an attempt to terminate her pregnancy using a coat hanger.
Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion

Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion

The Safe Abortion Act that passed this week with an overwhelming majority support in the parliament will make the abortion procedure legal in Sierra Leone.
Angela Merkel Named TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year

Angela Merkel Named TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year

Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time’s 2015 Person of the Year for her leadership on the Syrian refugee and Greek debt crises.

Egypt’s President Issues Decree Outlawing Child Marriage

In an attempt to outlaw child marriage in the country, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a decree making it illegal for Egyptians to get married before the age of 18.