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Myths and menstruation: Overcoming Pakistan's period taboo

Bent over her hand-crank sewing machine, Hajra Bibi carefully stitches sanitary pads for the women of her mountainous village in northwestern Pakistan, one of many rural areas in the deeply conservative country where periods are still taboo.

Lawsuits filed against Lyft over ‘predatory drivers’ Special

Recent lawsuits have been filed against Lyft for failing to protect women from predatory drivers. Security expert Robert Prigge, President of Jumio provides his thoughts on the matter to Digital Journal readers.

'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

Apo - Her high heels clacking on marble tiles, a defiant Saudi woman turned heads and drew gasps as she strutted through a Riyadh mall -- without a body-shrouding abaya.

'Protecting rapists': Protesters accuse Japan of failing women

Apo - Women's rights protesters are taking to the streets for the sixth time in as many months as anger mounts in Japan over 'outdated' rape laws, after a man was allowed to walk free despite sexually assaulting his daughter for years.

France gets tough on domestic violence

Paris - The French government on Tuesday announced plans to create 1,000 new places in shelters for the victims of domestic violence as outrage grows over the number of women killed by a current or former partner.

Attacked for gender, not views: HK women protesters facing troll army

Fpo - Rape threats, body-shaming and doctored photos: women supporting the anti-government protests in Hong Kong say they are being harassed online by suspected pro-Beijing trolls.

Sudan women fight gender imbalance in transition

Khartoum - They were on the front lines and in the negotiating rooms that brought down military rule but Sudan's women have yet to take their rightful place in the new institutions.

Hundreds of Mexican women protest police rape of teenager

Mexico - Hundreds of women demanding protection from Mexico City's police force took to the streets Friday after a number of high-profile sexual assault cases involving serving officers.To shouts of "I do believe you!

Iran must free women held over veil protests: UN experts

Geneva - A group of UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.

Mexico City suspends six police in rape investigation

Mexico - Mexico City's mayor said on Tuesday that six police officers were suspended as part of an investigation into the rape of two teenage girls, after demonstrations by hundreds of women demanding justice.

Jailed Saudi activist told to deny torture in release 'deal'

Dubai - Saudi authorities have offered to release jailed activist Loujain al-Hathloul in exchange for her video testimony denying that she had been tortured and sexually harassed in prison, her family claimed Tuesday.

Mexico march demands justice for girls allegedly raped by police

Mexico - Protesters in Mexico City demanded justice Monday for two teenage girls who say police officers raped them, dousing the capital's security minister in pink glitter and smashing the glass doors of the local prosecutor's office.Shouting "Justice!

Sierra Leone's secret societies mark bodies and minds

Freetown - Wearing a fading Mickey Mouse T-shirt, her knees hugged to her chest, eight-year-old Musu Kamara sits in a corrugated shack in Sierra Leone's capital waiting for her initiation into a secret society.

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.

First Miss Venezuela crowned after ditching contestants' measurements

Caracas - A 19-year-old student has been crowned Miss Venezuela, becoming the first winner of the annual pageant since it opted not to publish contestants' waist, hip and bust measurements.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow women to travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government said Thursday, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted extreme attempts to flee the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male 'guardian' approval

Apo - Saudi Arabia will allow women to obtain passports and travel abroad without approval from a male "guardian", the government said Thursday, ending a longstanding restriction that drew heavy international criticism.

Over 650,000 sign Russia petition to boost domestic violence law

Moscow - More than 650,000 people have signed a petition calling on Russian authorities to toughen domestic violence legislation thanks to a hard-hitting social media campaign.

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.
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