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Who runs the (economic) world? It might soon be women

Nusa Dua - Who runs the world? It might soon be women as a crop of female economists join IMF chief Christine Lagarde in top positions at major financial bodies.

#MeToo gathers steam in India, at last

Mumbai - The year-old #MeToo movement has long failed to take root in India, but a Bollywood actress's accusations of sexual harassment appear to be emboldening women to speak out at last.

#MeToo sharply polarizing US, one year on

New York - The #MeToo movement in one year has shaken the United States, brought down dozens of powerful men and threatens the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge, yet it has also become deeply polarizing and its long-term impact remains unclear.

Farrow, the Pulitzer-winning whiz chronicling #MeToo

New York - Ronan Farrow is the whiz kid prodigy and preeminent chronicler of America's sexual harassment watershed, whose bombshell exposes have sunk a litany of powerful men, spawned the #MeToo movement and won a Pulitzer.

Woman in Afghan 'mullah' sex tapes arrested

Kabul - Afghan police have arrested a married woman who allegedly appeared in a viral video having sex with a self-proclaimed mullah, an official said Thursday, as a nationwide search for the man continues.

Brazil's transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat

S - After a decade of tearing up professional men's volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil's first transgender player, she is running for Congress in next month's elections."Why not?

Being LGBT in Kosovo: a battle to come out from the shadows

Pristina - On paper, the legal request was small: changing his name from Blerta to Blert.But it was a big -- and risky -- move by Blert Morina, a transgender man trying to bring Kosovo's marginalised LGBT community out of the shadows.

Women foreign ministers promise fresh perspective

Montr - Female foreign ministers meeting for the first summit of its kind vowed Saturday to bring a "women's perspective" to foreign policy.

Kyrgyz singer receives death threats over feminist video

Bichkek - A 19-year-old singer in Kyrgyzstan has filed a complaint with police after receiving death threats over a music video she released targeting gender discrimination in the ex-Soviet republic.

Survey finds Japan med schools admitting men at higher rates

Apo - A government survey sparked by a discrimination scandal has found most Japanese medical schools admit male applicants at a higher rate than women, prompting further government investigation.

In Morocco, American football isn't a men-only affair

Rabat - Under the scorching summer sun in Rabat, coach Ichtar Zahraoui bellows directions to "The Pirates", young Moroccan men and women learning to play American football together on the gridiron.

Brazil's 'queer museum' reopens in Rio after forced closure

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's "queer museum," forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy and bestiality, is reopening in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Bumble launches fund for investing in female founders

The popular dating and social networking app Bumble announced a new initiative Wednesday that will see it investing in women-led businesses.

California may become the first state to mandate women on boards

California is currently looking at a bill that would require publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on its board of directors.

Brazilian cops drop 'masculinity' requirement

S - Police candidates in southern Brazil are now free to get in touch with their softer side."Masculinity" has been dropped from the list of 72 required attributes for wannabe cops in the state of Parana. Also gone: a prohibition on falling in love.

Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

Seoul - A former South Korean presidential contender was found not guilty on all charges on Tuesday in a trial stemming from allegations he raped a female aide several times, prompting immediate controversy.

Former S. Korea presidential hopeful acquitted in sex abuse case

Seoul - A former South Korean presidential contender was found not guilty on all charges on Tuesday in a trial stemming from allegations he raped a female aide several times, prompting immediate controversy.

Brazilians mourn woman seen as symbol of femicide

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians marched Saturday to mourn a female attorney allegedly thrown to her death from a fourth-floor window by her husband in an incident that drew more concern over rising violence against women.

Nationwide probe after Tokyo med school excludes women

Apo - Japan Friday launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation's medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female applicants to exclude them.

Tokyo med school admits it altered tests to keep women out

Apo - A Tokyo medical school on Tuesday admitted entrance test scores for female applicants were routinely altered to keep women out and apologised for the discrimination after a probe."We betrayed the public trust.

Turkey to steer clear of 'unsuitable for kids' Eurovision

Ankara - Turkey is to maintain its boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest so long as its content is unsuitable for children, the head of Turkish state broadcasting said Saturday, citing the victory of an Austrian drag queen in 2014.

South Korea women hold record mass rally against 'spycam porn'

Seoul - Tens of thousands of South Korean women staged a mass rally in Seoul Saturday to protest against spycam porn, urging tougher punishments for peeping Toms as anger over the growing scourge boils over.

Fighting for justice in South Korea, where truth can be a crime

Seoul - As soon as the Seoul office worker told police she had been raped, her attacker struck back with a barrage of complaints against her under South Korea's criminal defamation law, which states that truth is not necessarily a defence.

Emma Thompson: I grew up with 'primitive model' males

Paris - Emma Thompson is suddenly feeling her age.

Rapes and beatings: the torments of South Korea's young athletes

Seoul - When Kim Eun-hee was 10 years old, a primary school child with dreams of tennis stardom, her coach raped her for the first time. Then he did it again. And again. And again.The would-be South Korean champion was too young to even know what sex was.

Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

Lisbon - The Portuguese parliament on Thursday approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing "identity disruption".

S. Korea women protest 'spycam porn' in mass rally

Seoul - Tens of thousands of South Korean women on Saturday angrily urged the government to crack down on secretly-filmed spycam pornography in one of the biggest-ever female-only protests in the country.

Transgender row makes waves in London park pond

London - A tranquil pond on London's Hampstead Heath has become the latest battleground over gender identity after a decision to allow transgender people to bathe in the women-only enclosure.

In Saudi Arabia, men still drive gender policy

Dubai - The public relations blitz that has seen Saudi Arabia garner headlines this year culminates Sunday, when women take the wheel for the first time. But a draconian guardianship system remains.

Argentina marks first hate crime conviction involving trans woman

Buenos Aires - A court in Argentina sentenced a man Monday to life imprisonment for killing a transsexual leader, the first hate crime conviction for targeting a trans woman.
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