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Battle for change far from over for women in new Sudan

Khartoum - She may have spent 40 days in jail for demonstrating against president Omar al-Bashir who has since been toppled but activist Amani Osmane says the battle for women's rights in Sudan is far from over.

Men still missing, Yazidi women stitch together incomes after IS

Dohuk - On the floor of her stuffy, dimly-lit tent in Iraq, Yazidi survivor Layleh Shemmo nimbly tugs floral pink fabric through her sewing machine, stitching together a living for her broken family.

Afghan women note Taliban shift after Doha talks

Washington - An Afghan campaigner who took part in breakthrough talks with the Taliban said Thursday that she saw subtle improvements in the attitude towards women of the insurgents, who severely curtailed their rights while in power.

Rapinoe, Lavelle score as USA beat Netherlands to retain World Cup

Lyon - The United States retained the women's World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a superb Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over a battling Netherlands side in the final in Lyon.

Rapinoe, Lavelle score as USA beat Netherlands to retain World Cup

Lyon - The United States retained the women's World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a superb Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over a battling Netherlands side in Lyon.

EU institutions remain a man's world

Paris - The European Union is becoming more feminine, as highlighted by the nomination of two women to head the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

Indian women's heads shaved for 'resisting' rape

Patna - An Indian mother and her daughter had their heads shaved and were paraded through their village after resisting an attempted rape by men including a local official, police said Friday.

Sisters who killed abusive father spark Russia domestic violence debate

Moscow - A case against three teenage sisters who killed their father after what lawyers say was years of beatings and sexual abuse has sparked protest and highlighted Russia's dire record on domestic violence.

Serbia's first #MeToo trial proves a lonely path

Everyone in town told Marija Lukic not to do it.

'The Pack' found guilty of gang rape in Spanish shock case

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court Friday found five men who called themselves "The Pack" guilty of gang raping a young woman, overturning previous convictions for the lesser offence of sexual abuse in a case that shook the country.

NIH Director: It's time to end 'manels' at scientific conventions

Washington - One of the most influential public health officials in the world said Wednesday that he will no longer speak on scientific panels if they don't include women.

Swiss women to march for equal pay

Geneva - Women across Switzerland are set to walk off the job and into the streets Friday to demand wage parity, nearly three decades after staging the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay.

S. Korean ex-first lady and women's rights activist dies

Seoul - The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, known for her women's rights activism and involvement in her husband's "sunshine" policy of engagement with the isolated North, has died at the age of 96.

Hosts France enjoy winning start as women's World Cup kicks off

Paris - Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style in Paris on Friday.

Jamaica, Bob Marley and football: a family love affair

Kingston - In Jamaica, the spirit of Bob Marley is inescapable: it permeates the Caribbean island nation, even its football pitches -- a sign of the reggae legend's passion for the sport.

Swiss women strike for equal pay again, three decades on

Geneva - Nearly 30 years after staging a first nationwide strike for equal pay, women across Switzerland say they are preparing fresh action to push for wage parity next week.

New Delhi to offer free public transport for 850,000 women

New Delhi - Almost a million women will enjoy free public transport as part of an attempt to make the Indian capital safer, New Delhi's government said Monday.

Women gaining ground in the European Parliament

Paris - The number of women members of the European Parliament has doubled since direct elections were first held in 1979, but they still remain the minority, particularly in the top jobs.Here is an overview.

Girls need role models if we’re going to close the gender gap

Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani and Girls Who Code Canada Programs Coordinator Kathryn Semogas share their perspective on the need for role models in tech for the next generation.

Global community pledges $363 mln to combat sexual violence

Oslo - The international community on Friday pledged $363 million (324 million euros) to combat sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian crises, a worldwide scourge affecting millions.

Gender diversity good for businesses and economies: UN

Geneva - Companies that improve gender diversity -- especially at the top -- perform better and rake in higher profits, while countries that increase women employment see better economic growth, the UN said Wednesday.

How to beat Boko Haram? Treat women better, analysts say

Lagos - Tens of thousands of women have been freed from Nigeria's brutal Boko Haram fighters, but providing a safe future for them is critical to winning the war, analysts warned Tuesday.

France, Germany at loggerheads over next EU president

Apo - Next week's European parliamentary election will set the scene for a summer-long political battle over Brussels' most powerful posts, with Germany and France at loggerheads over who takes the top spot.

Trudeau saddened by 'backsliding' after Alabama abortion ban

Paris - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said he was gravely saddened by "backsliding" on women's rights seen in several US states, after Alabama agreed the toughest abortion ban in the country.

Kabul murder highlights Afghan women's plight

Kabul - When gunmen killed former journalist Mena Mangal on a busy Kabul street, observers first wondered if she had been murdered by the Taliban, the Islamist extremists who have long marginalised women.

Nigerian women protest against police over sexual assaults

Abuja - Hundreds of protesters marched through the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday demanding an end to police impunity, after officers were accused of carrying out a string of sexual assaults.

Nigerian women accused of prostitution arrested -- then assaulted

Abuja - In Nigeria, being a young woman "is a crime", said a 25-year-old beautician, arrested two weeks ago while walking home in the capital Abuja.She says she was detained, assaulted and then raped by those meant to protect her.

Four more Saudi women activists freed pending trial

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday released at least four more detained women activists pending trial, campaigners said, bringing the total number of women provisionally freed to seven.

Modi's 'free cooking gas' leaves bitter taste for some Indians

Reena Devi says her life changed when she got a cooking gas connection under a billion-dollar programme championed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meaning she no longer has to cook with wood or coal and breathe in smelly, toxic fumes.

Accellerate announces program for Canadian women in tech

Connection Silicon Valley is hosting its next Accellerate women’s program to boost connections between Canada’s incredible female founders and tech leaders and the collaborative community of Silicon Valley.
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In a slum in Kenya, this is where people get their water.
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Turkish university students with Lonna Lisa Williams
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Muslim women praying
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Lyon: Protest against domestic violence.
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File photo: Slutwalk in the city.
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Canadian divers Émilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel
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Sharia-inspired law requiring all Muslims to wear “Islamic attire.”
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Ginger selling market woman. Kathmandu
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MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
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File photo: Pakistani women chant slogans at a rally in Islamabad during International Women's Day.
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MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
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