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Saudi backpedals on video labelling feminism 'extremism'

Apo - Saudi authorities have distanced themselves from an official video that sparked controversy after it branded feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas.

Native Americans - From voting rights to Congress

Native American tribes and nations occupied this land for thousands of years before Europeans reached these shores, however, the U.S. government did not grant them citizenship or Native American women the right to vote until 1924.

Outrage in Spain over verdict in gang sex attack on teen

Madrid - Women's groups and legal experts demanded Friday that Spain's laws be changed after five men accused of gang-raping an unconscious 14-year-old girl were convicted on a lesser charge of sexual abuse.

The 'Brave Ones': Zimbabwe's women-only rangers fighting poaching

Harare - Chiyevedzo Mutero was one of dozens competing in the remote Zimbabwean bush to join the all-female anti-poaching Akashinga rangers when she broke her finger.

Colombia elects first woman mayor of Bogota

Apo - Claudia Lopez, a symbol of the fight against corruption in Colombia, became the first woman to be elected mayor of Bogota on Sunday.

Colombia elects first woman mayor of Bogota

Apo - Claudia Lopez, a symbol of the fight against corruption in Colombia, on Sunday became the first woman to be elected mayor of the capital Bogota.The 49-year-old center-left candidate, who is openly gay, won the local election with 35.

Loopholes riddle Saudi reforms on 'guardianship' of women

Apo - Saudi Arabia has eased travel restrictions on women but observers say loopholes still allow male relatives to curtail their movements and, in the worst cases, leave them marooned in prison-like shelters.

Croatians protest over release of teenager's suspected rapists

Zagreb - Thousands protested Saturday in major Croatian cities against the release of five men suspected of gang-raping a teenager, saying the judiciary had repeatedly failed to protect girls and women.

High-profile cases turn spotlight on domestic violence in Russia

Moscow - Natalia Tunikova's partner pushed her towards the open balcony in their high-rise Moscow flat, before punching her to the floor. Fearing she would die, she reached for their kitchen table and "grabbed the nearest object". It was a knife.

Outrage in Croatia over release of teen gang rape suspects

Zagreb - Anger is brewing in Croatia after a judge released five men suspected of gang-raping a 15-year-old girl from their village, triggering calls for protests against a judiciary that women say is failing to protect them.

School trip hijab clash sparks new secularism row in France

Paris - A new row over secularism and the wearing of the Islamic hijab in public buildings has erupted in France after a far-right politician asked a woman accompanying her son and other children on a school trip to remove her headscarf.

Catholic Church called to plug priest gap with lay women

Vatican City - Deep in the Amazonian forest, young couples looking to wed or baptise children often turn to Sister Alba, who fills in where Catholic priests cannot be found.

Tense Turkey femicide trial opens after viral video

Kirikkale - An emotional trial opened in Turkey on Wednesday over the murder of a woman stabbed to death by her ex-husband, with claims she sought police protection in vain.

Turkish women rally against rising violence targeting them

Istanbul - Dozens of women protested in Istanbul on Saturday to denounce rising violence against women and the government's failure to stop brutal attacks across the country.

Brother gets life for 'honour killing' of Pakistan social media star

Multan - The brother of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for her murder -- the patriarchal country's highest-profile "honour killing".

Brother gets life for 'honour killing' of Pakistan social media star

Multan - The brother of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was on Friday convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison in the patriarchal country's highest-profile "honour killing".

French #MeToo founder faces verdict in defamation suit

Paris - The woman behind France's answer to the #MeToo campaign exposing male abusive behaviour on Wednesday faces the verdict in a defamation case brought by a media executive she accused of making lewd and sexist remarks.

Morocco journalist says police forced her to take medical test

Rabat - A Moroccan journalist on trial over alleged sexual relations outside marriage and an "illegal abortion" told a court Monday that police had forced her to undergo a painful medical examination in custody.

Paris fashion week braces for climate protests, absent star

Paris - Paris women's fashion week is bracing itself for climate change and animals rights protests as it starts Monday, with one of its biggest stars -- Virgil Abloh -- missing.

Protests held across Spain against gender violence

Madrid - Protesters took to the rain soaked streets of Madrid and dozens of other cities across Spain on Friday to raise the alarm against violence against women and demand tougher action.

Outcry forces NW Pakistan officials to scrap veil order for girls

Peshawar - Pakistan education authorities have reversed a decision making it compulsory for female students in two major northwestern cities to wear veils, one day after the move sparked a rights outcry on social media.

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.
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