Womens Rights

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.”

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.

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.

Saudi Women Begin Historic Municipal Election Campaign

On Sunday, for the first time in Saudi Arabia’s modern history, more than 900 women have registered to run for the municipal elections.
Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Rising Support for Women’s Education in Afghanistan

Rising Support for Women’s Education in Afghanistan

A survey of the Afghan people by the Asia Foundation for 2015 found that 74% of Afghans support women’s access to higher education.

Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution

The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Marzieh Afkham is appointed to serve her country in Malaysia.
Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Wednesday after seven people from the Hazara ethnic group were beheaded by ISIS.

Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman

Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery.

Taliban Takeover of Kunduz Hurt Women and the Media

At the end of September, the Taliban took control of the city of Kunduz. The Afghan government, with some help from the international community, kicked them out in a few days. But during this brief time of the Taliban takeover of the city, women were the first targets and once again paid the price for...
Kabul University to Open First Gender Studies Program in Afghanistan

Kabul University to Open First Gender Studies Program in Afghanistan

Kabul University just launched its first Gender and Women’s studies graduate program, the first of its kind in all of Afghanistan. The two-year program is another important step for Afghan women in achieving equality and increasing opportunity. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the mission of this program is “to create a platform...
World Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

World Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child

On Sunday, the world celebrated the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child. Created by a United Nations Resolution in 2011, The Day of the Girl is meant to recognize the power of girls, while also addressing the problems that force millions of girl to drop out of school and not realize their potential....
Planned Parenthood President Testifies Before House Committee

Planned Parenthood President Testifies Before House Committee

Amid calls from anti-abortion lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood, the organizations’s president Cecile Richards testified today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The initial purpose of the hearing was to “investigate” Planned Parenthood’s use of federal funds in light of unscrupulous and thoroughly debunked claims that the organization profits from fetal tissue...
Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Planned Parenthood Clinic Blaze Ruled Arson As Legislative Attacks Continue

Physical attacks join legislative attacks; as a Planned Parenthood clinic blaze in Washington is ruled arson, Republicans in Congress call for a full defunding of the women's health organization.
Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

“Gender equity must permeate every level of City operations—as leaders, employers, and service providers,” the unparalleled directive reads.
Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Women in Saudi Arabia registered to vote over the weekend, preparing to participate for the first time in local elections this December.
President Ghani Confirms: Four Women Ambassadors to be Appointed in Afghanistan

President Ghani Confirms: Four Women Ambassadors to be Appointed in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan, announced that at least four women will be appointed as foreign diplomats, as well as made other promises for appointments of female government officials at varying levels of Afghanistan’s government. Last week, the Office of the President of Afghanistan tweeted that “at least four women ambassadors will be appointed to represent...
Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

The verdict for the 49 men charged with the murder of 27-year- old Farkhunda came yesterday, following a highly publicized and televised week-long trial and public outrage for violence against women in Afghanistan.