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1/27/2016 - 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. Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu....

1/14/2016 - 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....

12/11/2015 - Sierra Leone Legalizes Abortion
According to the new act in Sierra Leone, women in this West African nation will no longer have only the choice of illegal and unsafe abortions. The Safe Abortion Act that passed this week with an overwhelming majority support in the parliament will make the abortion procedure legal and will replace the 1861 law that criminalized abortion in this West African nation....

12/4/2015 - 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. The recent decree brings Egypt into compliance with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the matter of child marriage....

12/1/2015 - 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....

11/25/2015 - 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 of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women. First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity....

11/24/2015 - 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....

11/20/2015 - Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution
The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979....

11/19/2015 - World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th
The World Economic Forum just released The Global Gender Gap report of 2015 that ranks the United States 28th out of 145 countries....

11/18/2015 - UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990, highlighting the successful efforts of the many international agencies to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women globally. According to data compiled in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015, maternal deaths around the world dipped from some 532,000 in 1990 to about 303,000 in 2015, cutting the number of women's pregnancy-related deaths nearly in half over a quarter century....

11/17/2015 - Tabassom's Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century
By: Gaisu Yari, Former FMF Afghan Scholar Walking on a rainy day on Kabul's streets is harder than climbing a mountain in the winter....

11/13/2015 - 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....

11/11/2015 - 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....

11/10/2015 - #FeesMustFall: South African Students Protest Rising Cost of Education
Yesterday, in their continuing fight to push Parliament and University staff to lower fees for education access, students from the University of Witwatersrand and University of Cape Town marched on Parliament to meet with the Minister of High Education Blade Nizamande and President Jacob Zuma, while Parliament support staff walked off the job to protest Parliament's treatment of workers. The protests, which began in October, have focused on putting pressure on school administrators to lower fees for students at the University of Witerwatersrand after school administration told them to expect a 10.6% increase in tuition fees in the coming year....

11/9/2015 - Taliban Takeover of Kunduz Hurt Women and the Media
By: Payk Investigative Journalism Center At the end of September, the Taliban took control of the city of Kunduz....

11/4/2015 - First Woman Elected President of Nepal
Last week, Nepal's parliament elected Bidhya Devi Bhandari the country's first woman president. Elected by a 327 to 214 majority vote, Bhandari succeeds Ram Baran Yadav, the country's first elected president following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008....

10/28/2015 - Deadly Earthquake in Afghanistan Kills Hundreds, Including 12 School Girls
Monday's destructive earthquake in Afghanistan has left over 340 people dead in the northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan....

10/14/2015 - World Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child
On Sunday, the world celebrated the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child....

7/31/2015 - Mexican Court Sentences Five Men to 697 Years on Prison for Femicide
Last week, a Mexican court made a unanimous decision to convict five men of eleven femicides, or gender-driven killing....

7/8/2015 - President Assures There Will Be Justice for Farkhunda in Afghanistan Following Outcry by Women's Rights Leaders
Leaders were outraged last week when the Appeals Court of Afghanistan reversed the death penalties issued in the murder case of Farkhunda, who was killed by an angry mob in March. The Kabul Primary Court sentenced four men to death and eight to 16 years in prison who were charged with the murder of Farkhunda in May....

7/1/2015 - Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights
A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates....

6/19/2015 - TPP "Fast Track" Headed Back to the Senate Again
In what has become a procedural roller-coaster, the House voted 218 to 208 yesterday to pass Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)....

6/16/2015 - China's Maternal Mortality Rate Has Decreased Dramatically
The National Health and Family Planning Commission released a report this month showing that China's maternal death rate has dropped by over seventy-five percent in the past twenty-five years. China's maternal mortality rate dropped from 23.2 per 100,000 births in 2014 to 21.7 per 100,000 births....

6/12/2015 - New Nigerian Law Forbids Bans Genital Mutilation
Last month outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a law formally banning female genital mutilation (FGM)....

6/9/2015 - Rana Plaza Victims Will Receive Compensation
After a two-year campaign for compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization has succeeded in securing $30 million in compensation. In April 2013 a multi-story building in Bangladesh that housed five garment factories and a shopping center collapsed, killing at least 1,127 workers and injuring another 2,500....