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20,000 march for wage equality in Switzerland

Geneva - Some 20,000 people marched in Bern Saturday demanding wage equality between the genders, organisers said, warning that women are prepared to go on strike if Swiss parliamentarians do not fix the pay gap.

Ultra-orthodox Israeli radio fined for excluding women

Jerusalem - An Israeli court has fined an ultra-orthodox Jewish radio station one million shekels ($280,000) for excluding women from its programmes over a two year period, local media said.

Saudi woman's case against father stirs 'guardianship' debate

Apo - A Saudi court has ruled in favour of a woman who challenged her father's decision to not let her have a passport, reports said Thursday, stirring an online debate on the contentious male guardianship system.

Q&A: What women need to know to get ahead in tech Special

Ondas Networks, a supplier of private licensed broadband cellular data networks, have announced the appointment of industry expert Kathy Nelson to the senior leadership team. Nelson offers some insights for women entering STEM fields.

Mauritanian women face prosecution for reporting rape: NGO

Paris - Women and girls in Mauritania who are raped are often unwilling to report the crime out of fear that they themselves will be jailed for breaking the east African nation's strict laws on sex outside marriage, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Women cheer as Swedish man-free music festival opens

Gothenburg - Matilda Hagerman laughs with her friends as she queues at a man-free music festival, which kicked off in Sweden on Friday in protest against a wave of sexual assaults at festivals in recent years.

Women cheer as Swedish man-free music festival opens

Gothenburg - Matilda Hagerman laughs with her friends as she queues at a man-free music festival, which kicked off in Sweden on Friday in protest against a wave of sexual assaults at festivals in recent years.

Women directors slam 'toxic masculinity' of Venice film festival

Venice - The Venice film festival was slammed for its "toxic masculinity" as it opens Wednesday with just one female director represented among its most mouth-watering line-up in decades.

More than 200 murder suspects arrested in one day in Brazil

S - More than 200 people were arrested on murder charges in a single day across Brazil Friday in a coordinated sweep that emphasized the fight against femicide, the government said.

More than 700 arrested in Brazil over femicide

S - More than 700 people accused of committing or planning murders -- in large part against women -- were arrested Friday in a coordinated sweep across Brazil.

Sweden launches 'feminist foreign policy' manual

Stockholm - Sweden released a handbook of its "feminist foreign policy" Thursday for rights groups and foreign governments, showcasing lessons from the Scandinavian nation's flagship approach to promoting women's rights globally.

Sweden launches 'feminist diplomacy' manual

Stockholm - Sweden released a handbook of its "feminist foreign policy" Thursday for rights groups and foreign governments, showcasing lessons from the Scandinavian nation's flagship approach to promoting women's rights globally.

Review: Katie Nageotte tied for 3rd place at Diamond League Birmingham Special

On August 18, American pole vaulter Katie Nageotte competed in the women's pole vault competition at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham.

Bumble launches fund for investing in female founders

The popular dating and social networking app Bumble announced a new initiative Wednesday that will see it investing in women-led businesses.

California may become the first state to mandate women on boards

California is currently looking at a bill that would require publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on its board of directors.

Tunisia announces draft bill to give women equal inheritance

Tunis - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Monday announced plans to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

India's top court demands action against rape at govt homes

New Delhi - India's top court Tuesday ordered the government to explain what it was doing to prevent rape at state-run children's homes as horrific details emerge of sex abuse rings.

How blogger helped bring breastfeeding back to Serbia

Belgrade - When Branka Stamenkovic gave birth to her first child in Serbia, the experience was traumatic.Minutes after the baby was born, nurses bundled up the infant and whisked him away, separating the mother and child for three days.

Tunisians protest against 'destructive' reforms

Sfax - Hundreds of people demonstrated Friday in Tunisia against proposed reforms opposed by conservative Muslims that include equal inheritance rights for women and decriminalising homosexuality.

Spain police arrest 'Pack' sexual abuser over theft

Madrid - One of five men convicted of sexually abusing a young woman in Spain in a case that sparked nationwide protests was arrested Wednesday for shoplifting and ramming security guards with his car, local police said.

Spanish mother at heart of divisive custody battle jailed

Madrid - A Spanish mother in a bruising public custody battle was sentenced to five years in jail after hiding with her sons to avoid handing them over to their father, whom she accused of abuse, a court said Friday.

Emma Thompson: I grew up with 'primitive model' males

Paris - Emma Thompson is suddenly feeling her age.

No Pakistani women vote in village where wives had vowed to defy husbands

- Pakistani women who had pledged to defy men in their village by voting for the first time ultimately did not exercise their democratic right in Wednesday's election, citing intimidation by their husbands.

Facebook female employee numbers sees big leap

Social network Facebook employees five times more female workers than it did five years ago; however, a blatant disparity still exists in regard to the leadership level.

Women vow to defy men who banned their vote in Pakistan village

Punjab - Men banned women from voting in the village of Mohri Pur sometime around 1947, and they have obeyed ever since -- until this year, when changes to Pakistan's election laws and women's attitudes could shift the dynamic.

Victim of Spain sexual abuse gang speaks out for first time

Madrid - A young woman who was sexually abused by five men in a lurid case that shook Spain spoke out for the first time Wednesday, calling on rape victims not to "stay silent".

World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

Tehran - For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran's largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran's agonising World Cup elimination.

'Look, a woman driver!': Saudis tackle onslaught of sexism

Apo - Long relegated to the back seat, Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time this week in a much-awaited rite of passage, but one crucial hurdle remains -- the attitude of men.

Q&A: New technology for healthcare assessments Special

Doctor Priya Kamani's company LivingMatrix recently introduced a clinician-designed functional medicine platform that has been developed with over 600 licensed doctors and practitioners in eighteen countries. She discusses the challenges.

Taiwan's Tsai on brave women, #MeToo and self-confidence

Taipei - Soft-spoken and naturally shy, Taiwan's first female leader President Tsai Ing-wen was not an obvious trailblazer.
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