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Afghan female skier fights taboos — with aid of mullahs

Kaboul - Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights.

Egypt brings in tougher penalties against female genital mutilation

Cairo - An amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to up to 15 years in jail has come into effect, the health ministry announced Sunday.

More Taxotere lawsuits filed by women whose hair never grew back

Over 200 women filed a Taxotere lawsuit against Sanofi-Aventis alleging the pharmaceutical company never warned that the chemotherapy drug could cause permanent hair loss.

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

Riyadh - An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

Morocco TV 'sorry' over makeup for battered women

Rabat - A public television station in Morocco apologised again after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.

Fidel Castro and his (many) women

Havana - With his rugged rebel look and seductive charisma, Fidel Castro was known not only as a giant of 20th century history, but also as quite the ladies' man.

Turkey detains 'wanted Kurdish female militant' at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul's main airport, state media said.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

Pakistani market where women seek justice

- A narrow path winds through Kashmir's Valley of Pearls towards 13 tin-roofed shops hidden in a rickety row, a women-only market that doubles as a space for those seeking help against the violence of Pakistan's patriarchy.

Istanbul rally held for women's rights after sex bill furore

Istanbul - Thousands rallied in Istanbul in support of women's rights on Friday after a controversial sex bill affecting underage girls was thrown out by a parliamentary committee this week.

Reform hopes as Vatican panel studies female deacons

Vatican City - A papal commission on the role of female deacons met for the first time Friday in a move reformers hope could open the door to women eventually entering the Catholic clergy.As things stand only men can serve as priests or as deacons.

Women increasingly join the fight in Israel's army

Yoqn`am - Her face covered in mud, 18-year-old Smadar crawls beneath thorny brush, her automatic rifle around her neck.She smiles despite the intensity of the training, and her commander, also a woman, shouts encouragement.

Pope's panel on female deacons to meet: report

Vatican City - A commission set up by Pope Francis to study the issue of female Church deacons will meet in Rome for the first time as a full group next week, the National Catholic Reporter said Saturday.

Women use the F-word more than men

Cambridge - Who swears most often? Women or men? When it comes to the expletive "F-word" it seems that women come out on top, using the word most often.

Trump fared well with women voters despite sex assault claims

Los Angeles - Despite sex assault allegations hounding him, fat-shaming a former beauty queen and his controversial abortion stand, a large number of women voters helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

For American women, Clinton could end a very long wait

Washington - Estelle Liebow Schultz, who is 98, was born before her fellow countrywomen had the right to vote. Now she has proudly cast a ballot for the candidate she hopes will make history as the first American woman elected president.

Saudi advisory council rejects study of women driving

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, has turned down a proposal to study the issue of women's driving, a Shura member told AFP on Wednesday.

Reports warn of explosion in cancer deaths among women

Paris - Two reports have warned of an explosion in cancer deaths among women, with a toll, mainly from breast cancer, of some 5.5 million per year by 2030 -- roughly the population of Denmark.

Adult film actress accuses Trump of unwanted sexual advances

Los Angeles - An adult film actress became the latest woman to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances, claiming the Republican presidential candidate offered her $10,000 to come to his hotel room alone.

UN under fire for picking Wonder Woman to lead campaign

New York - The United Nations on Monday defended the choice of comic book character Wonder Woman to lead a campaign for the empowerment of girls following criticism that the choice was demeaning to women.

Melania Trump threatens People Magazine with lawsuit

Washington - Melania Trump threatened People Magazine and a former staff reporter with legal action over "false and completely fictionalized" statements in the writer's account of Donald Trump forcing himself on her during a 2005 interview.

Op-Ed: Employment problems in Asia and Eastern Europe

A review of employment in Asia and Eastern Europe has shown that a third of the working population are in ‘informal or vulnerable jobs’, a state generally referred to as precarious employment.

One tweet triggers avalanche of women's assault memories

New York - It all started with a single tweet. Canadian author Kelly Oxford urged her hundreds of thousands of followers to share their recollections of the first time they were sexually assaulted.

Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honour killing legislation

Islamabad - Pakistan passed long-awaited legislation Thursday closing a loophole that allowed people who killed for "honour" to walk free, three months after the murder of a social media star by her brother sparked international revulsion.

Indonesia sharia stronghold wins rare praise for rights

Banda Aceh - Indonesia's Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists Thursday for introducing the country's most generous maternity leave policy.

Indonesia sharia stronghold wins rare praise for rights

Banda Aceh - Indonesia's Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists Thursday for introducing the country's most generous maternity leave policy.

Indonesia sharia stronghold wins rare praise for rights

Banda Aceh - Indonesia's Aceh province, which has gained international infamy for its strict Islamic laws, won rare praise from rights activists Thursday for introducing the country's most generous maternity leave policy.

Women petition UN chief to pursue Korea peace treaty

New York - A hundred prominent women from 38 countries have directed a petition to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to fulfill his promise to achieve a permanent peace to end the Korean War.

Saudi petition seeks 'full' rights for women

Riyadh - Thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the study, marriage and travel of female relatives, activists said Tuesday.

Italy orders man to buy feminist books for underage prostitute: reports

Rome - A court in Rome has handed down an unusual penalty to the client of an underage prostitute, ordering him to buy her 30 books on the theme of women's dignity, Italian media reported Friday.
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