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Saudi Women Can Now Win Custody of Kids After Divorce

According to a statement from the Saudi Information Ministry, women in the country can now gain custody of their children after a divorce without having to file a lawsuit as long as there are no disputes between the parents.

Today is International Women’s Day

In recognition that we are all in this together, many feminist organizations in the United States and around the globe focus not just on the empowerment of women in their own communities, but around the world, including the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF).

State Department Report to Downplay Global Women’s Rights Violations

In the latest attack on women’s global health, officials at the United States State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor will curtail the section on women’s reproductive rights and family planning in the annual report on human rights.

Delegation of Afghan Women Discuss Country’s Progress

A delegation of eight high-ranking Afghan women officials visited Washington DC last week to discuss their country’s progress in women’s equality, fiscal reforms, peace efforts and foreign relations. The delegates included:

Afghan Women Coders Make Anti-Drug Trafficking Video Game

A group of Afghan women who broke gender barriers by becoming the first female coders in the country have designed a game called “Fight against Opium,” underscoring Afghanistan’s struggle to combat opium trafficking.

Afghan Girls Robotics Team Back in the US

On January 5, the Afghan Girls Robotics Team, who became famous after they were denied a visa to enter the U.S. for an international robotics competition in summer 2017, came back to the United States to attend, speak and exhibit their newest robot at the 4th annual Raw Science Film Festival.

Talks of Reparations for South Korean “Comfort Women” End

South Korea announced that it will not be pursuing renegotiations with the Japanese government over reparations for South Koreans victimized by the Imperial Japanese Army sex slave trade during World War II.

Iran Sees Protests Against Corruption and Struggling Economy

Anti-government protests that erupted in Iran at the end of December have lead to the arrests of an estimated 3,700 people and the deaths of at least 21.

2017 Survey of Afghan People Shows Signs of Progress

The survey reveals that although people in Afghanistan are more hesitant about their future and security than previous years, there are still some signs of hope and improvement in everyday life.

First Afghan Women’s Studies M.A. Students Graduate

Last Sunday, students at Kabul University became the first in Afghanistan to graduate from a Master’s Degree Women’s and Gender Studies program. This two-year graduate program, introduced in October 2015, is the first of its kind in all of Afghanistan.

Afghan First Lady Discusses Women in Peacemaking

First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace last Wednesday to discuss the role of women in the peacemaking process. Women in Afghanistan have largely been left out of these conversations in the past, however, the First Lady stated that Afghan women, “are no longer going to wait for peace...

Deadly Bombing Kills More Than 300 in Somalia

On Saturday, in one of the deadliest bombings in history, nearly 300 civilians, reporters, and government officials were killed in a truck bombing in Mogadishu.

Israeli and Palestinian Women Come Together for Peace March

On September 8, nearly 30,000 Israeli and Palestinian women participated in a two-week Peace March through the desert. This Peace March was organized by Women Wage Peace, an organization devoted to promoting a peaceful resolution between Israel and Palestine.

US Pulls Out of United Nations Organization on Culture and Education (UNESCO)

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced its decision that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization at the end of 2018.

Female Governor in Afghanistan Removed From Office

Masooma Muradi, the former Governor of Daikundi, Afghanistan, has been removed from office after receiving continued opposition due to her gender. Muradi was the only female Governor in Afghanistan, and her position has now been filled by a man.

Arrests in Egypt After Display of LGBT+ Pride Flag

During a concert in Cairo on September 22, audience members waved an LGBT+ pride flag sparking an immediate response from the Egyptian government.

Commemorating International Safe Abortion Day

The key components of International Safe Abortion Day include advocating for the decriminalization of abortion, reducing the negative stigma surrounding abortions, and ensuring equal access to safe abortions for all individuals. According to a statement from the United Nations regarding International Safe Abortion Day, “Denying women access to necessary health care is inherently discriminatory and a...

Saudi Arabian Feminist Movement Celebrates Lifting of Driving Ban

In a historic win for the Saudi Arabian feminist movement, women in Saudi Arabia have won the right to drive. In a royal decree issued Tuesday, the Saudi Arabian monarchy announced that the ban preventing women from driving will be lifted.  A committee has been assembled to determine how the lifting of the ban will...

Women & Girls Comprise 71% of Those Impacted by Modern Slavery

In the past year, an estimated 40 million people were victims of modern slavery, according to a report published last week by The Walk Free Foundation, International Labour Organization, and International Organization for Migration. The report estimates that of these 40 million individuals 71% of those enslaved are women.

Afghan President Welcomes US Troop Increase

During his statement to the United Nations General Assembly, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan welcomed President Trump’s plan to increase United States involvement and presence in the country.