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Sweden, Saudi Arabia to resume normal diplomatic relations

Stockholm - Saudi Arabia and Sweden have agreed to resume normal diplomatic relations two weeks after they were unexpectedly interrupted by a row over critical comments from Stockholm.

Sweden 'feminist' policy sparks major Saudi spat

Stockholm - Sweden is seeking to quell an unprecedented diplomatic spat over human rights with Saudi Arabia which has seen ambassadors recalled and arms sales cancelled, drawing comparisons with Denmark's Mohammed cartoons controversy.

Hundreds of Afghans bury woman beaten to death by mob

Kabul - Hundreds of people on Sunday attended the burial of an Afghan woman who was beaten to death and set on fire by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Koran.

US First Lady urges Cambodian girls to hold leaders accountable

Siem Reap - Michelle Obama called on schoolgirls to stay in school to push for equality and hold their leaders accountable on Saturday during the first trip by a sitting US president's wife to Cambodia.

Women on contraceptive pills 3x likelier to get Crohn's disease

A startling new study shows that women who take the "Pill" are three times more likely to get Crohn's disease than others. And those who take the "morning-after" pill may be even more at risk..

Posting 'underboob selfies' may be a crime in Thailand

On Monday, women in Thailand were warned about posting "selfie" photos of the lower parts of their breasts, known as "underboob selfies."

Women are key in tackling disaster: UN officials

Sendai - Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in healthcare, the UN says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.

Priests, school girls join rally in India over nun gang-rape

Kolkata - Hundreds of priests, school girls and other protesters staged a peaceful rally Monday in the Indian city of Kolkata to support an elderly nun who was gang-raped at her convent school.

Prayers in India for elderly nun gang-raped at convent

Kolkata - Prayers were said at churches across India Sunday for an elderly nun who was gang-raped at a convent in an attack that has intensified anger over sexual violence and fuelled fears among beleaguered Christians.

Elderly Indian nun 'gang-raped' in convent school

Kolkata - Police in eastern India said Saturday they were investigating the gang-rape of a 75-year-old nun by burglars who broke into the convent school where she lived.

Activism meets music with Kristen Graves Special

An interview with CT State Troubardour singer/songwriter Kristen Graves. Kristen discusses her music, activism and humanitarian work.

Writer/Director Emily Schooley talks about her new film, Reset Special

An interview with Writer/Director Emily Schooley on her latest project Reset. Reset follows the lives of three women, and how they each approach difficult choices in their lives.

India arrests after rape suspect's lynching rise to 42

New Delhi - Indian police said Monday they have charged 42 people after the killing and lynching of a rape suspect who was dragged from his prison cell, with more arrests overnight.

India channel protests rape documentary ban with blank screen

New Delhi - An Indian news network ran a blank screen for an hour in protest at a controversial government ban on airing a documentary about the savage gang-rape of a Delhi student.

Ukraine's women rebels don evening gowns for glam night

Donetsk - Yana Manuilova cuts an imposing figure in combat fatigues as a gun-toting rebel in eastern Ukraine.

18 arrested in India after mob lynches rape suspect

New Delhi - Police charged 18 people Sunday after a frenzied mob stormed a prison and lynched a rape suspect in India's northeast, in an act of vigilante justice condemned by rights groups and political leaders.

Church of England's first female bishop gets to work

London - The Church of England's first female bishop was to preach her maiden sermon in the role Sunday as she is installed in her home diocese.

Fear, violence, kidnapping: life for women under Boko Haram

Abuja - When Boko Haram attacks made life at home unbearable, Rebecca Samuel was confronted with a stark choice that any mother would struggle to make.

#thedress web sensation becomes powerful Salvation Army campaign

The furious Internet debate late last month around the perceived colour of a dress is now being used by charity the Salvation Army in a powerful new campaign about violence against women, saying "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?"

'Man-made' climate change a major woman's problem

Ginebra - Men and women may not always be on the same footing but you would think both sexes would be equal in the face of gigantic floods, typhoons or droughts. Think again.

Germany adopts 'historic' quota for women board members

Berlin - Germany's biggest companies will be required to have women fill a third of their supervisory boards from next year under a law adopted in parliament on Friday.

Number of women lawmakers doubles in 20 years, but stagnating

Ginebra - The share of women in the world's parliaments has almost doubled in the last two decades but progress seems to be stagnating, the International Parliamentary Union said Thursday.

Delhi rape victim's father urges viewing of documentary

New Delhi - The father of a woman who died after a savage gang-rape in Delhi said Thursday he thought everyone should watch a documentary about the attack broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.

India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist

New Delhi - India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship".

India gang-rape victim 'partly to blame', says attacker

New Delhi - A film-maker behind a new documentary about a fatal gang-rape in India that caused global outrage told Tuesday how one of the men sentenced to death for the killing had shown no remorse during a "chilling" interview.

The loss of women from science has slowed down

A new study indicates that academic science no longer loses more women than men. Science, engineering and medical fields are losing male and female scientists equally.

Chile leader, UN call on gender inequality by 2030

Santiago - Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 on Saturday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organization wrapped up in Santiago.

Woman cab driver encourages other women to drive in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the majority of taxi drivers are males, but Sara Bahayi, 40, is a female taxi driver who is trying to change that.

Australia warns women IS no 'romantic adventure'

Sydney - A worrying number of Australian women are heading to Iraq and Syria to become so-called Islamic State group "jihadi brides", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday, warning against notions of a "romantic adventure".

Review: Archer School for Girls

Los Angeles - Archer School for Girls is a private school in California educating and training girls for the future. Using the latest technology and teaching techniques these girls are ready to be all they can be in life and their careers.
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A group of tribal women and kids belonging to Manipuri clan is enjoying a ritual ceremony. The photo...
A group of tribal women and kids belonging to Manipuri clan is enjoying a ritual ceremony. The photograph is taken in a village of Tripura, a North Eastern State of India, Asia.
MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
By the year 2020 there will be 24 million more men than women in China  and if these men do not get ...
By the year 2020 there will be 24 million more men than women in China, and if these men do not get married by age 40 they probably won't. This means they'll likely stay reliant on social security in old age.
Mark Belokopytov
Sharia-inspired law requiring all Muslims to wear “Islamic attire.”
Sharia-inspired law requiring all Muslims to wear “Islamic attire.”
Human Rights Watch
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Memorial March of Edmonton
the advantages of women owning their own business or being self-employed allows them more flexibilit...
the advantages of women owning their own business or being self-employed allows them more flexibility. This is especially so for women raising families and being the primary bread-winner.
Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful m...
Violent political repression against the group of womens Ladies in White who stage street peaceful marches demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
Lyon: Protest against  domestic violence.
Lyon: Protest against domestic violence.
The authors claim this is the first study to experimentally analyse the relative importance of faces...
The authors claim this is the first study to experimentally analyse the relative importance of faces and bodies as whole components. Previous research has examined the qualities that make faces and bodies attractive, such as symmetry and waist-to-hip ratio.
Grufnik
Making sex selective abortions a murder charge will only increase illegal abortions and also make ac...
Making sex selective abortions a murder charge will only increase illegal abortions and also make access to safe abortion difficult for women, who already do not have many choices regarding their own reproductive rights.
World Bank
Wild and homeless girl. Pashupatinath temple  Kathmandu
Wild and homeless girl. Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu
More than 250 rapes in camps were reported in the 150 days following the earthquake.
More than 250 rapes in camps were reported in the 150 days following the earthquake.
Amnesty International
Information fair at Daughters Day 2014.
Information fair at Daughters Day 2014.
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The advert for the Kazam Tornado 348 has banned from UK TV by the Advertising Standards Authority for objectifying women.
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Tribal women of Tripura  India are walking the street to work site in a rainy day. Once embraced mil...
Tribal women of Tripura, India are walking the street to work site in a rainy day. Once embraced militancy, these forest dwellers are now vessels of growth.
Women s right to vote and to work has been throughout history  especially so here in the United Stat...
Women's right to vote and to work has been throughout history, especially so here in the United States of America. This photo was taken circa 1917.
Courtesy of The Library of Congress
MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
MNC2013 Women in politics workshop
Jewish people praying in front of the Western Wall of the Ancient Jewish Temple during a mass prayer...
Jewish people praying in front of the Western Wall of the Ancient Jewish Temple during a mass prayer for rain
Women demonstrate for equal rights
Women demonstrate for equal rights
ASUO Women's Center