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Microsoft India plans to train 1 million women

Microsoft's Indian arm is rolling out an initiative to train and mentor 1 million women over the next 12 months to add a "feminine" touch to the Indian IT industry.

Women bare breasts all over world on International Go-Topless Day

It's a serious event that's also a bit of a spectacle and somewhat odd — it's organized by the Raelians, who believe aliens created humanity — and it draws more fully-clothed spectators than half-dressed participants. In it, breasts are bared.

The women of Varanasi who are breaking away from stereotypes

Varanasi - Varanasi is an ancient seat of tradition in India. However, a few women in this diverse city are breaking stereotypes, and entering professions once dominated by men, from cremation duties to priestly ones.

Op-Ed: America should intervene to save Boko Haram's female bombers

African citizens face a new wave of terrorist bombings perpetrated by women. No simple solution will fix this problem but there is one alternative which not everyone will like.

French law eases abortion limits and pushes gender equality

French authorities recently passed a new law which brings significant changes to how men and women interact with each other and handle their families. However another section of the law which deals with abortion is getting the most discussion.

Op-Ed: Republicans want to give women the right to buy birth control

This week Republicans introduced a rather useless bill to answer the Democrat’s response on the highly unpopular Hobby Lobby decision passed down by the Supreme Court earlier this month.

Church of England Leaders begin supporting female bishops

A vote from church leaders has approved women for positions as bishops within the Church of England. This major change to church dogma is something that many people have rallied for.

First female European soccer coach quits after hours on the job

After making headlines all over the world for being the first woman to manage a European soccer team Coach Helena Costa has resigned only a few hours after getting the job.

400 men walk in heels to raise women's rights awareness

Saint Louis - There's an old adage that to know someone, you must first walk a mile in her shoes. Thursday night, nearly 400 St. Louis men did exactly that, donning high heel pumps and marching in protest of sexual assault and violence against women.

Op-Ed: Watch 'Honor Diaries' film and support girls and women

So-called Honor Killings, often supported by Islamist Sharia Law, allow men to get away with murder. No minimum age for girls to marry allow men to abuse children. Culture and religion are no excuse for abuse. Watch the film "Honor Diaries."

Op-Ed: Women don’t want equality, they want rich husbands? Really?

Last week Phyllis Schlafly made waves when she said that closing the pay gap would make it harder for women to find husbands because 'women preferred to find husbands who earned more than they did and men preferred to earn more than their wives.

New TN law criminalizes drug addiction while pregnant

Nashville - Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee has signed a bill into law that will charge pregnant women with misdemeanor assault if they are addicted to drugs.

Activists rally under #FreeThe4 for imprisoned Saudi Princesses

Jeddah - Princess Sahar’s recent video urging an uprising has reinvigorated support for the princess and her three sisters who are reportedly being held in confinement on King Abdullah’s order.

Op-Ed: Politicians in India state say rape victims should be hanged

Mumbai - Members of India’s Socialist party have caused outrage around the world with comments indicating that rape victims and women that have sex before marriage should be executed, while rapists should be viewed with a “boys will be boys” attitude.

Op-Ed: Women and Children Under Siege

The women and children of America are under siege. Domestic violence, sexual assault, child trafficking and pornography are virulent epidemics. This is not a position piece on Roe v. Wade - it is a call to action against this war on our women and children

Op-Ed: Saudi Arabian women plan protest against driving ban on Oct. 26th

Riyadh - This weekend Saudi women with foreign licences will get behind the wheel starting tomorrow (Oct. 26). The women organizing the protests have posted photos on line of them driving in Saudi cities.

'Let children be children': France bans child beauty pageants

Paris - In an effort to protect the innocence of childhood, France voted on Tuesday night to ban beauty pageants for children under 16.

6-year-old rape victim ordered to wed rapist's 8-year-old son

Jaipur - A six-year-old girl who was raped by a 40-year-old man in India was ordered to marry his eight-year-old son. The man, only identified as Kailash, lived in the same neighborhood as the girl.

New Turkish laws target women Special

Istanbul - Recent laws by the Turkish Prime Minister promote Islamist ideals that limit secular democracy and negatively affect women in Turkey.

Texas Pastor bans women from wearing hair weaves to church

Waco - While many churches tell people to come as they are, one Texas pastor has added an exception to the message — women, leave your hair weaves at home.

'I get to go home': Dubai pardons jailed Norwegian rape victim

Marte Deborah Dalelv, the Norwegian woman whose name made news around the world when she was sentenced to prison in Dubai after reporting rape — has been "pardoned."

WHO: Violence and sexual assault on women a global 'epidemic'

An analysis led by the World Health Organization has concluded that violence and sexual assaults against women has reached a worldwide "epidemic."

Africans start to fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is considered an essential part of raising a girl and preparing her for marriage in most places where it’s practiced. Connected to beliefs about premarital virginity and marital fidelity, the pressure to adhere to the practice is intense.

Afghanistan's religious lawmakers block women's rights law

Kabul - A law on elimination of violence against women has been in effect in Afghanistan since 2009 by presidential decree. An effort to cement the law in the Afghan legislature with a vote, was blocked by religious leaders because it conflicts with Islamic law.

Op-Ed: Don Cherry — A lightning rod for controversy

His critics are quick to bemoan it, but let's at least acknowledge the fact that Don Cherry is a living Canadian legend.

Arkansas residents protest legislature's war on women Special

Little Rock - Hundreds gathered at a grassroots "Protest at the Arkansas Capitol" to denounce "extreme reproductive laws in Arkansas," and raised their voices and signs in protest of the war on women being waged by the conservative majority in the state legislature.

In Afghanistan women fleeing violence face jail terms

Kabul - Even though the Taliban government in Afghanistan fell more than ten years ago, the justice system is still discriminatory in its treatment of women as is the legal system.

Woman dies after acid attack in Chennai, India

On February 24, Vidya, a 21-year-old Indian woman died in Chennai as a result of acid attack injuries, after struggling for survival during the past 25 days at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

France: Women of Paris can finally wear pants — legally

Paris - Last Thursday emancipation arrived in the wardrobes of Parisian women when a law in force since 1800 banning women in the French capital from wearing trousers (pants) was finally revoked.

India's men don skirts in support of India's women

Bangalore - At the "Skirt the Issue" gathering, held in the wake of what happened to "Nirbhaya," men in attendance decided to wear skirts in support of women's rights.
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