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Saudi wins praise, ire as guardianship rules eased

Apo - Saudi Arabia's easing of travel restrictions on women was hailed in the kingdom Friday as a historic leap for gender equality, but it also drew anger from hardliners backing contentious male "guardianship" rules.

Q&A: It's important to bring women’s voices to tech conferences Special

Companies have the opportunity to elevate women leaders and shift the perception of tech conferences as male-dominated events. Lin Classon of Ensono explains how and why a a more representative environment is needed.

US withholds cash from UN Population Fund over China abortions

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it will again withhold contributions to the UN Population Fund due to its work with China, which controls family size, as the agency accused Washington of jeopardizing women's health.

'Misogynist' Duterte slammed over Philippines anti-harassment law

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose rape jokes have sparked outrage in the past, drew fresh flak Tuesday after signing a law against sexual harassment, with campaigners saying his role as the "misogynist-in-chief" would make implementation chal...

Hundreds of thousands march across Europe for Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Hundreds of thousands celebrate Madrid Gay Pride

Madrid - Four hundred thousand people turned out on the streets of Madrid Saturday for a Gay Pride parade dedicated this year to pioneers of the LGBT+ cause, amid growing fears of fresh repression with the rise of the far-right in Europe.

Dalai Lama 'deeply sorry' for comments on women

New Delhi - The Dalai Lama is "deeply sorry" about comments he made about women in a recent BBC interview, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

S. Korean opposition promotes women's rights... by dropping shorts

Seoul - An event to promote women's rights in South Korea featuring female opposition party supporters pulling down their shorts has drawn widespread criticism, with many saying the stunt revealed a patriarchal culture in the party and Korean society generally...

Gay Pride parade engulfs Sao Paulo despite unease over Brazil's conservative turn

S - One of the world's largest LGBT Pride parades took center stage in Sao Paulo on Sunday, with the carnivalesque festivities tinged with unease over Brazil's conservative political climate under President Jair Bolsonaro.

100,000 South Koreans call for judge to be sacked over child rape case

Seoul - More than 100,000 South Koreans are demanding the dismissal of a judge who reduced the prison sentence of a child rapist to three years.

Head of UN labour agency backs anti-harassment measures

Geneva - The head of the International Labour Organization on Monday urged the agency to approve new rules to stop violence and harassment in the workplace, despite some concerns from employer representatives.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Geneva - Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

50 years on, New York police apologize for Stonewall riots

New York - New York's police chief apologized Thursday for the first time for a crackdown on the city's gay community during the notorious Stonewall riots, winning praise from LGBTQ activists ahead of the 50th anniversary of violence considered to have given rise...

50 years on, New York police apologize for Stonewall riots

New York - The head of the New York police department on Thursday apologized for a crackdown on the city's LGBTQ community during the notorious Stonewall riots, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the clashes that gave rise to the Gay Pride movement.

No country meeting global goals for gender equality: study

Vancouver - No country is on track to achieve the gender equality called for in the United Nations's development blueprint, a report released on Tuesday said.

French transgender assault leads to 10-month sentence

Paris - A young man who was filmed assaulting a transgender woman was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison, four of them on parole, by a Paris court.Seddik A.

Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test

Fpo - Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found.

Financial data reveals women to be more in debt than men

Men or women: who are fares better with money matters? New data pertaining shows that it’s men. This comes from a survey undertaken by STASH, who produce a consumer investment app. The survey marks financial literacy month.

G7 ministers pledge to make gender equality 'global cause'

Paris - France's Minister for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa and her G7 counterparts on Friday signed a joint declaration to make the issue a "global cause".

Storm continues over #MeToo claims against India's top judge

New Delhi - Several dozen employees of India's highest court gathered Wednesday to express support for the chief justice, days after an in-house inquiry cleared him of sexually assaulting a former staffer.

'I won't take medication': Defiant Semenya wins first race since gender ruling defeat

Doha - Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming "actions speak louder than words".

Semenya loses landmark challenge against IAAF testosterone rules

Lausanne - South African runner Caster Semenya on Wednesday lost her court challenge against IAAF rules forcing some female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels, but judges voiced concern with the "discriminatory" regulations.

India's top judge faces sexual harassment storm

New Delhi - India's top judge fought off a sexual harassment storm Saturday after a former Supreme Court staff member accused him of making unwanted advances and hounding her.

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order: police

Dhaka - A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.

Russia transgender woman wins case in rare win for LGBT rights

Sanktpeterburg - When Anastasia, a Russian transgender woman, took her employer to court for firing her after a gender reassignment operation, she did not expect to win.

Q&A: What can technology firms do to close the gender pay gap? Special

The tech industry is fighting an uphill battle when it comes to gender equality. One study suggests men are offered higher salaries than women for the same job roles 63 percent of the time. Rachel Ernst outlines what can be done.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korean constitutional court orders abortion ban be lifted

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday ordered the country's decades-old abortion ban to be lifted in a landmark ruling over a law that campaigners say puts women at risk.

South Korea constitutional court to rule on abortion ban

Seoul - South Korea's constitutional court is to rule Thursday on the legality of a decades-old abortion ban that campaigners say endangers women, in what could be a historic decision.

South Korean women hope for change to abortion laws

Incheon - More than a quarter of a century after the first of her three abortions -- illegal in South Korea -- Lim is still haunted by her sense of shame. She was 24 and had a boyfriend, but neither was ready to wed.
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