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Iran headscarf protester sparks social media storm

Tehran - A video showing an Iranian policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media on Friday.

Abused actress slams Kim Ki-duk's Berlinale defence

Seoul - A South Korean actress assaulted by top director Kim Ki-duk Tuesday rejected his defence at the Berlin film festival, saying it had left her "dumbfounded" and calling his invitation to the prestigious event "morally problematic".

Cranston, Goldblum, Murray hopeful #MeToo can change Hollywood

Berlin - Hollywood stars Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray threw support behind the #MeToo movement Thursday, saying they hoped it would upend the old approach to sex and power.

Berlin film fest slammed for Kim Ki-duk invite despite #MeToo drive

Seoul - A coalition of more than 100 South Korean civic groups on Thursday condemned the Berlin film festival for inviting director Kim Ki-duk, who assaulted an actress, despite its support for the #MeToo campaign against abuse of women.

Britain's Kate facing BAFTA black dress 'dilemma'

London - The Duchess of Cambridge could face a tricky decision at Britain's BAFTA film awards, a newspaper reported Friday, if female attendees decide to wear black in protest at sexual harassment.

Iran's hijab protests cap years of evolution

Tehran - A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran's mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding.

Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

Tehran - Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday.

Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

Tehran - Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday.

Iran prosecutor calls headscarf protests 'childish'

Tehran - Iran's chief prosecutor has played down recent protests by women removing their headscarves in public, saying they were "trivial" and "childish" moves possibly incited by foreigners.

India has 21 million 'unwanted' girls

New Delhi - The desire of Indian parents for sons has created an estimated 21 million "unwanted" girls because couples keep having children until they produce a boy, the government said Monday.

Iranian woman skydiver looks to break down stereotypes

Tehran - For Iranian parachuting enthusiast Bahareh Sassani, skydiving is "a way to prove that women are just as capable as men" -- a small step from a big height for women's equality in her country.

The woman battling S. Korea's 'birth strike'

Seoul - The woman appointed to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates knows better than most why billion-dollar campaigns to encourage South Korea's female populace to procreate have failed -- she is among the millions who have chosen to remain childles...

Tattooed and proud: Chinese women peel away stigmas

Shanghai - Once the mark of criminals or sex workers, for centuries tattoos have been stigmatised in China but the growing influence of celebrity culture is changing all that -- particularly for women.

High cost of pink: German watchdog slams gendered pricing

Frankfurt Am Main - From pink razor blades to salon haircuts, women regularly pay more for items and services that are nearly identical to those for men but marketed differently, a German watchdog said Tuesday.

S. Korean actress confronts taboos with abuse allegations

Seoul - Hidden behind a white screen, a South Korean actress sobbed as she accused prize-winning director Kim Ki-Duk of abusing her on set -- a rare denunciation in a conservative country where victims fear public shame.

UK schools go gender neutral to stop bullying

London - With a push from campaigners and some parent groups, more British schools are allowing pupils to explore their gender identities in a bid to be more inclusive and stop bullying.

Women are better at collaborative work than men

The world of work, and academia, are changing towards one more centered on collaboration than competition. A new study suggests that women are better suited for this way of working than men.

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

Paris - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called "inclusive writing" in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP on Tuesday.

To keep girls in school, Ethiopians open up about menstruation

- There's one room at the Sheno primary school in rural Ethiopia that's different from all the others, starting with the sign over the door reading: "Menstruation is a gift from God.

Purists alarmed over moves to make French less macho

Paris - Moves to make French more female-friendly have sparked impassioned debate in France, with an appalled Academie Francaise warning of a "mortal danger" to the language of Moliere.

Germany's top court requires legal option of 'third gender'

Karlsruhe - Germany's top court Wednesday ordered parliament to recognise a "third gender" from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as something other than male or female.

Gender inequality widening after decade of progress: WEF

Geneva - A decade of slow progress towards better parity between the sexes has screeched to a halt, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said Thursday, warning the global gender gap was now widening.

In Communist China, it's a man's world at the top

Beijing - When Xi Jinping warned against "pleasure seeking" in a stern message to the Communist Party congress last week, the audience included few women and some notable absentees -- officials ousted by graft scandals involving illicit affairs.

Ivanka Trump touts launch of World Bank businesswomen's fund

Washington - Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and a White House advisor, on Saturday touted the creation of a new World Bank initiative to foster entrepreneurship among women.

Battle of the online sex crimes in high-tech S. Korea

Seoul - Tony Kim has been paid to watch porn for the last six years, spending his days staring attentively at graphic videos of naked women and sexual liaisons.

IMF chief: to beat inequality, close the gender gap

Washington - IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday that the best way to reduce inequality around the world would be to eliminate the gap between women and men in the economic sphere.

Transgender teddy, girl pirate: authors tackle gender norms

Frankfurt - From a transgender teddy bear to a fearless girl pirate, children's authors are tackling gender norms like never before, as debate rages about what it means to be a boy or girl.

In Mexico, indigenous 'third gender' pushes boundaries

Juchitan - Estrella Velazquez towers over the crowd as she sashays in platform heels through the indigenous town of Juchitan, Mexico, seemingly impervious to the mocking catcalls behind her back.

With Sirleaf, Liberia's glass ceiling cracked but failed to shatter

Monrovia - Liberia's female politicians profess near-universal respect for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she steps down after 12 years as president -- but many also say the glass ceiling that Africa's first female leader cracked remains firmly in place.

Indian transgender couple announce plan to marry, adopt

Mumbai - An Indian couple who fell in love after meeting at a gender-reassignment clinic in Mumbai announced Tuesday they were engaged and planning a traditional wedding.
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