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How to beat Boko Haram? Treat women better, analysts say

Lagos - Tens of thousands of women have been freed from Nigeria's brutal Boko Haram fighters, but providing a safe future for them is critical to winning the war, analysts warned Tuesday.

France, Germany at loggerheads over next EU president

Apo - Next week's European parliamentary election will set the scene for a summer-long political battle over Brussels' most powerful posts, with Germany and France at loggerheads over who takes the top spot.

Trudeau saddened by 'backsliding' after Alabama abortion ban

Paris - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said he was gravely saddened by "backsliding" on women's rights seen in several US states, after Alabama agreed the toughest abortion ban in the country.

Kabul murder highlights Afghan women's plight

Kabul - When gunmen killed former journalist Mena Mangal on a busy Kabul street, observers first wondered if she had been murdered by the Taliban, the Islamist extremists who have long marginalised women.

Nigerian women protest against police over sexual assaults

Abuja - Hundreds of protesters marched through the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday demanding an end to police impunity, after officers were accused of carrying out a string of sexual assaults.

Nigerian women accused of prostitution arrested -- then assaulted

Abuja - In Nigeria, being a young woman "is a crime", said a 25-year-old beautician, arrested two weeks ago while walking home in the capital Abuja.She says she was detained, assaulted and then raped by those meant to protect her.

Four more Saudi women activists freed pending trial

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday released at least four more detained women activists pending trial, campaigners said, bringing the total number of women provisionally freed to seven.

Modi's 'free cooking gas' leaves bitter taste for some Indians

Reena Devi says her life changed when she got a cooking gas connection under a billion-dollar programme championed by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meaning she no longer has to cook with wood or coal and breathe in smelly, toxic fumes.

Accellerate announces program for Canadian women in tech

Connection Silicon Valley is hosting its next Accellerate women’s program to boost connections between Canada’s incredible female founders and tech leaders and the collaborative community of Silicon Valley.

Spain's feminist movement in focus ahead of election

Carballeira - Loureiro may be a remote village in northwestern Spain with barely 60 residents but it too has embraced an ever-growing feminist movement in a sign of how significant women's rights have become ahead of Sunday's election.

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Amarah - Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Germany struggles in UN push to address sexual violence

New York - A German-led bid to step up efforts to combat sexual violence in conflicts has run into resistance at the UN Security Council, diplomats said Wednesday, just days before Nobel laureate Nadia Murad is to appear before the UN body to issue a call for jus...

Saudi court adjourns hearing in trial of women activists

Apo - A Saudi court on Wednesday adjourned a hearing in the trial of 11 women activists which has drawn international censure, officials said, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

Saudi court resumes high-profile trial of women activists

Apo - Eleven Saudi women's rights activists were due back in court Wednesday in a trial that has drawn international criticism, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

World Bank making women's entrepreneurship a priority

Washington - Abolishing the myriad of obstacles for African women to become entrepreneurs must be a priority on a continent where poverty continues to grow, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva said Tuesday.

Iran hijab protester sentenced to year in jail: lawyer

Tehran - A woman who protested against Iran's compulsory hijab law by removing the Islamic veil in public last year has been sentenced to one year in prison, her lawyer said Sunday.

Viral 'Nubian queen' rally leader says women key to Sudan protests

Khartoum - A Sudanese woman propelled to internet fame earlier this week after leading powerful protest chants in the capital told AFP Wednesday that women are key to the uprising against President Omar al-Bashir's iron-fisted rule.

G7 urges greater role for women in peace processes

Dinard - Foreign ministers from the world's seven most developed nations on Saturday urged a greater role for women in solving conflicts, saying that peace settlements with female involvement were more likely to endure.

The three women hoping to upset India's Modi at the polls

New Delhi - India's alpha-male Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces three formidable women looking to spoil his chances of winning a new term in elections beginning next week.

Periods and 'dick pic' posters ignite feminist firestorm in Pakistan

Lahore - "Anything you can do I can do while bleeding," read one defiant poster at a recent women's march in Pakistan, while another demanded: "Keep your dick pics to yourself". Then came the backlash, including rape and death threats.

Women in power in the European Union

Paris - Slovakia, where Zuzana Caputova is set to become president, becomes the eighth country in the 28-member EU to currently have a woman in power.

First woman to win 'Afghan Star' TV show to fight Taliban with music

Kabul - The first woman to win the Afghan version of American Idol says she will fight the Taliban with her music, embracing a victory rich in symbolism as her country faces an uncertain future.

Saudi Arabia temporarily releases three detained women activists

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday temporarily released three out of 11 women detained nearly a year ago in a broad crackdown on activists, state media said, as the kingdom faces intense global scrutiny over human rights.

Saudi Arabia releases three detained women activists: family 

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Thursday released three out of 11 women detained last year in a sweeping crackdown on activists, a close relative and London-based rights group ALQST said.

Legal, but... abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia

Zagreb - On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades. But in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds.

In Saudi trial, detained women speak of torture, abuse

Apo - Saudi women activists detained for almost a year offered their defence at an emotionally charged hearing on Wednesday, alleging torture and sexual harassment during interrogation, courtroom sources said.

In Saudi trial, detained women speak of torture: witnesses

Apo - Saudi women activists detained for almost a year offered their defence at an emotionally charged hearing on Wednesday, saying they had suffered torture and sexual harassment during interrogation, courtroom witnesses said.

Kiwi women don headscarves in solidarity with Muslim victims

Christchurch - Women in Christchurch wore makeshift hijabs as a statement of peace and solidarity on Friday, a week after a white supremacist killed 50 Muslims at two mosques in the southern New Zealand city.

C-section 50 times more deadly for women in Africa: study

Paris - The death rate among women undergoing a C-section to deliver a baby is about 50 times higher in Africa than in most wealthy nations, researchers said Friday.

Saudi women activists on trial after a year in detention

Apo - Ten Saudi women appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since being detained last year in a sweeping crackdown on activists, ratcheting up scrutiny of the kingdom's human rights record.
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