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LGBTQ+ Activist Killed in Uganda

Queer activist Brian Wasswa was killed in his home in Jinja, a city in Eastern Uganda. He had been working with the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), a legal aid organization that does outreach work for the LGBTQ+ community. His murder was followed by the Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity announcing that...

Esther Duflo Wins Nobel Prize in Economics for Work Addressing Global Poverty

Esther Duflo, a researcher from Cambridge, Massachusetts, alongside two others, has been awarded this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize for economics. Duflo is part of a trio of researchers from Cambridge, Massachusetts, including her husband Abhijit Banerjee and colleague Michael Kremer, to win the prestigious prize for their work in addressing global poverty. “This year’s Laureates...

Women In Saudi Arabia Allowed To Join Army

In a series of social and economic reforms, Saudi Arabia will allow women to enlist in the army for the first time. Mohammad bin Salman, the prince of Saudi Arabia, has approved a series of new reforms, the latest being allowing women to enlist. Possible ranks for women now include private to sergeant in the...

Aisha Khurram Selected as Afghanistan’s 2019 Youth Representative to the United Nations

Aisha Khurram, a law student at Kabul University, has been selected as Afghanistan’s Youth Representative to the United Nations for 2019, joining a group of other young representatives from across the globe seeking to make their voices heard at the world governing body. Khurram — who was selected from among 80 candidates — is tasked...

Canadian Women Launch a New Project for Afghan Women

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan.ca) just completed their annual conference in British Columbia. The three-day long conference was packed with inspiring speakers and workshops. During the event, CW4WAfghan launched their new project called Gender Equity in Teacher Training to Improve Girls’ Education in Afghanistan (GETT). This $1.3 million project will train women teachers....

Nepal’s Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara Resigns after Rape Accusation

The speaker of Nepal’s lower house of Parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, stepped down from his position on Tuesday after a parliamentary employee accused him of raping her on Sunday in her own apartment. The lawmaker, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a prominent figure within the country’s governing Nepal Communist Party, denied assaulting the woman who accused him...

19 Women Rescued From Baby Factory in Nigeria

19 Nigerian women were rescued from being trafficked in Lagos, where they were raped, became forcibly pregnant, and had their babies sold. On September 19, police busted a human trafficking hub in Nigeria. They rescued 19 pregnant women, aged between 15 and 28, and four children from four properties in Lagos they described as one...

Study Shows Women Are Dying From Heart Attack Gender Gap

A new briefing from the British Heart Foundation says women are dying of preventable heart attacks from a gender gap in treatment and a stigma that heart attacks mostly affect men. A study, funded by the BHF charity, found that over 10 years, 8,200 heart attack related deaths in the UK would have been prevented...

Protests Erupt in Indonesia Over Bills that Would Ban Extramarital Sex

In cities across Indonesia, protesters have gathered to speak out against a new set of proposed legislation that would ban extramarital sex. This would, in effect, ban any sort of same-sex activity since the country does not recognize same-sex marriage. Additionally, the bill would ban abortion except in cases of rape or incest. These measures...

French Lawmakers Approve IVF for Single and Gay Women

France’s lower house of Parliament approved a controversial draft of a bioethics law Friday allowing single women and lesbian couples to use medically assisted reproduction methods, but it still needs to make it through France’s upper house. The bill, which would allow women who are not in heterosexual relationships or single to access IVF treatment...

Nike Nets Four Times as Much Apparel Revenue from this Year’s Women’s World Cup Than the Last One

Nike netted four times as much apparel revenue from this year’s Women’s World Cup than the last tournament in 2015, CEO Mark Parker said on it first-quarter earnings call yesterday. Overall sales in its women’s business increased 10% “on the back of an incredible summer celebrating female athletes,” he said. Strong demand for Women’s World...

FIFA Says Women Will be Allowed to Attend Football Matches in Iran

FIFA said Saturday that women in Iran will now be able to attend football games, starting with a World Cup qualifier match next month. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a conference on Sunday that Iranian officials assured FIFA that women will be allowed to enter football stadiums. “We have been assured that as of...

World’s First Vagina Museum Opening in London

The world’s first vagina museum is opening in London this November, hoping to educate about and break the stigma around vaginas. The vagina museum will feature all different types of art forms that “spread the message that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas or vulvas” including art, plays, workshops, and comedy nights. The...

Moroccan Journalist Arrested for Alleged Abortion

Prominent Moroccan Journalist, Hajar Raissouni and her fiancé, Rifaat al-Amin are currently on trial for having pre-marital sex and an abortion, both considered criminal offenses in Morocco. The medical team accused of performing the abortion is also on trial; Dr. Mohammad Jamal Belkeziz could face up to 10 years in prison. Despite accusations by authorities,...

Pakistani Feminist Activist Escapes to United States after Manhunt by Authorities

Prominent activist Gulalai Ishmail had been on the run from Pakistani authorities for months before reaching the United States by way of Sri Lanka, where Pakistani citizens do not need a visa. Ismail, 33, already had a multi-entry visa to the United States, and was able to flee to her sister’s home in Brooklyn, NY...

New Study Finds Pollution from Carbon Emissions Found in Placentas Could be Harmful to Fetuses

A new study reveals that black carbon, a result of air pollution, can be found in mother’s placenta, posing a potential health risk to unborn babies. The study examined the placentas of 25 non-smoking women who gave birth in Belgium. Researchers studied the side of the placenta previously facing the fetus and found black carbon...

Feminist Protestors in South Africa Demand Change

Anti-violence protestors in South Africa demand government and business response to the rising violence against women, saying the government is issuing empty promises to help women. As protestors are gathered outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, the government says changes are coming. President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled his trip to the United Nations to...

Woman Barred from Iranian Soccer Stadium Dies after Setting Herself on Fire, Incident Sparks International Outrage

A woman in Iran who was sentenced to six months in prison for disguising herself as a man to enter a soccer stadium, where women are barred, died this week from severe burns after setting herself on fire outside of the courthouse. The 29 year old, Sahar Kohdayari, attempted to enter Azadi Stadium, but was...

The Fight for Women’s Justice in Mexico Continues with Silent March in Capital City

On Sunday, September 8th, hundreds of citizens took to the streets of Mexico City to participate in a silent march to end the ever-present violence against women in Mexico. Forty percent of Mexican women experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the United Nations. Investigations into these cases are often careless, skewed in favor...

“Glitter Revolution” Protests Police-Perpetrated Sexual Violence in Mexico

Originating in Mexico City, the “revolución diamantina”, or the “glitter revolution”, is a new movement started by Mexican women to protest institutionalized sexual violence perpetrated by Mexican polices forces. The movement began in response to an incident in Azcapotzalco on August 3rd, in which a teenage girl was raped by four Mexican police officers. The...