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#BoardForward campaign aims to boost female board leadership

Diverse board leadership is becoming a priority for public and private companies, and discussion around the topic continues to grow. The lack of diverse leadership is increasingly seen as a detriment to company performance.

Thousands join US women's marches despite discord

Washington - Thousands of women marched Saturday in the US capital and across the country to convey a now-annual message opposing Donald Trump and supporting women's rights, but internal divisions appeared to steal some energy from the rallies.

The push to get more women in tech is only just starting

London - Many governments are seeking ways to get more women to enter technology fields. This includes the U.K., which launched an initiative at the end of 2017. One year on, how much progress has been made?

India temple trailblazers braving threats and family anger

Kerala - Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are living on the run since infuriating Hindu traditionalists by entering one of India's holiest temples that for generations banned nearly all women.

Spanish feminist movement faces far-right backlash

Madrid - After a year of massive mobilisation, Spain's powerful feminist movement is facing a backlash with the emergence of far-right party Vox which wants to repeal measures to fight gender violence.

By necessity or design, Iraqi women launch Mosul firms

Mosul - Under the thumb of jihadist rule they were deemed minors -- unable to do anything without permission from a father or husband -- but today women are establishing businesses in Iraq's Mosul.

Saudis blast 'guardianship' laws after woman's escape

Apo - A Saudi teen's live-tweeted asylum plea has cast a renewed spotlight on women's rights just months after women won the right to drive, and sparked rare criticism of restrictive "guardianship" laws -- from men.

Britain warns on travel to southern India after temple unrest

Thiruvananthapuram - Britain on Saturday warned tourists visiting the southern Indian state of Kerala after sporadic violence in recent days over the admission of women to one of Hinduism's holiest temples.

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Twin arson and bomb attacks rocked southern India Saturday, continuing a violent backlash that followed the entry of two women into a Hindu temple that forbids female devotees.

Third woman enters flashpoint Indian temple

Thiruvananthapuram - Indian police said Friday that a third woman has defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism's holiest temples, stoking tensions after two days of clashes that left some 275 people injured.

Painful gynaecology stories unleash #MeToo tide in the Balkans

Zagreb - A tide of #MeToo testimonies about painful gynaecological procedures and abusive medical staff is rippling across the Balkans, where women are breaking taboos in patriarchal societies to share their traumatic hospital experiences.

Hundreds march in Sierra Leone against sexual violence

Freetown - Hundreds of people demonstrated in Freetown on Saturday against sexual violence against women, days after the Sierra Leone government promised a crackdown on rape and sexual abuse.

Life on the shelf: China's bachelors saving face, cash with Mekong brides

Fpo - Divorced, in his 40s and fearing a solitary future, Zhou Xinsen went online like thousands of other Chinese men to find an affordable and fast solution to bachelordom -- a Vietnamese bride.

UN experts warn of women's rights rollback in Poland

Warsaw - United Nations human rights experts on Thursday expressed concern over recent rollbacks of women's rights in Poland, especially those regarding reproductive health and societal roles.

The daring China rescues bringing Vietnam's trafficked girls home

Two girls sprint from a hair salon into a car that will lead them back to safety in Vietnam -- a snapshot of the daring rescues taking place each month to free women and girls from forced marriages or sex slavery in China.

Mothers of the Missing: Anguished search for Vietnam's kidnapped brides

Vietnam - Vu Thi Dinh spent weeks scouring the rugged Vietnamese borderland near China after her teenage daughter vanished with her best friend, clutching a photo of the round-faced girls now feared sold as child brides.

'Sold by my brother': the Mekong women pressed into marriage in China

Phnom Penh - Everyone did well from Nary's marriage to a Chinese man, except the young Cambodian bride herself, who returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute, humiliated and with little prospect of seeing her son again.

Women activists stand up despite abuses in MENA: Amnesty

Dubai - Women rights defenders have stood up for change across the Middle East and North Africa in 2018 despite a plethora of abuse from governments and armed groups, Amnesty International said Monday.

Afghan football chiefs suspended over sex abuse on women's team

Kabul - Afghanistan has suspended five officials including the president of the country's football federation over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against the national women's team, officials said Sunday.

#MeToo takes fight for gender equality to new heights: UN Women chief

Islamabad - The global #MeToo campaign has taken the battle for women's rights to "where we have never been before", the head of the UN's agency for gender equality told AFP during her first official visit to Pakistan Friday.

Saudi guarantees on detained activists 'not good enough': HRW

Dubai - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to allow independent observers access to detained women's rights activists, saying Riyadh's assurances of their well-being could not be trusted following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi...

Five women in STEM who changed the world

Women are continuing to push forward in STEM fields and are becoming a bigger part of the sciences. However, women still only constitute 30 percent of all scientists.

First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

Paris - In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday.

First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

Paris - In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday.

Hegerberg says 'twerk' request doesn't overshadow historic Ballon d'Or

Paris - Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg said the introduction of a women's Ballon d'Or was a "big step forward" for the game, playing down suggestions her historic victory was overshadowed after being asked to perform a 'twerk' live on stage.

Newspaper seeks to reduce gender bias in news reporting

The Financial Times, one of the world's leading newspapers, has developed a tool that enables journalists to assess if there are too many men quoted in their articles. This is a bid for gender parity.

400 Swedish women win compensation over faulty French breast implants

Nterre - A French court on Thursday ordered the German safety certifier that approved tne use of defective breast implants to compensate around 400 Swedish women who received the devices behind a global health scare.

Slovenia becomes only NATO state with female army chief

Ljubljana - Slovenia on Tuesday became the only NATO country whose army is headed by a woman with the appointment of Major General Alenka Ermenc as chief of staff.

Women's fight for toilets in rural Pakistan

- For as long as she can remember, Ayeesha Siddiqua has fought her male relatives for access to toilets -- but a sanitation drive by new premier Imran Khan could make life easier for women in patriarchal Pakistan.

US judge drops doctor genital mutilation charges

New York - A US judge has dropped federal female genital mutilation charges filed against a Michigan doctor, ruling that Congress overstepped its authority in prohibiting a practice best left to state courts.
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