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UN adopts declaration on women's rights decrying slow progress

New York - The United Nations on Monday adopted a stripped-down political declaration on women's rights that seeks to preserve gains under threat but does not advocate new ways to ensure progress toward equality.

Clashes as thousands protest violence against women in Chile

Santiago - Clashes broke out between police and protesters Sunday as hundreds of thousands of women marched in Santiago to demand an end to violence against women.

French Oscars academy promises reforms after Polanksi row

Paris - France's Cesar Academy, which awards its version of the Oscars, was in crisis Friday after its entire board resigned, overwhelmed by a series of rows that have infuriated both women's activists and industry insiders.

French Oscars academy board resigns after Polanksi row

Paris - The entire board of the Cesar Academy, which awards France's equivalent of the Oscars, resigned Thursday just two weeks ahead of its gala ceremony after more than 200 actors, producers, directors and movie personalities demanded "profound reform".

France may strip pension from underage rape probe writer

Paris - France's culture minister will decide this week whether to strip a writer accused of raping and seducing children of a state pension.

Tunisian women perform Chilean song against rape

Tunis - Around 60 Tunisian women on Saturday performed the feminist flash-mob song "The rapist is you!", a Chilean creation that went global, in front of the seat of government in Tunis."We are here to denounce all forms of violence...

Tunisian women perform Chilean song against rape

Tunis - Around 60 Tunisian women on Saturday performed the feminist flash-mob song "The rapist is you!", a Chilean creation that went global, in front of the seat of government in Tunis."We are here to denounce all forms of violence...

In Greek migrant camp, women endure hardship and fear

Ch - Mired in the mud, living under a plastic tarpaulin next to overflowing bins, 18-year-old Afghan Merziyeh Eskandari knows she faces another hard day in the migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios.

Thousands rally worldwide against abuse of women

Paris - Tens of thousands have rallied across the world to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as France unveiled new measures to combat domestic violence.

France unveils plan to halt violence against women

Paris - France on Monday announced new measures to combat violence against women by their partners or ex-partners, seeking to toughen up the law as concern grows over the number of femicide murders in the country.

Thousands in Brussels protest violence against women

Apo - Around 10,000 people took part in a protest march in Brussels on Sunday calling for an end to violence against women, police said, a day after similar demonstrations in France and Italy.

French libel trial opens against alleged sex assault victim

Paris - A French writer reaffirmed in court Monday her accusation of sexual assault by a former minister, who is suing her for libel in a case critics see as an attempt to discourage abuse victims from speaking out.

Polanski faces calls for boycott of new film after fresh rape claim

Paris - Roman Polanski was facing calls for a boycott of his new film which opened in France Wednesday, in the wake of the latest rape accusation against the controversial director.

Iran women freely attend football match for first time in decades

Tehran - Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions.

Dr Barbie, nurse Ken: French toymakers to fight stereotypes

Paris - French toymakers signed a pact on Tuesday, three months before Christmas, to rid games and toys of gender stereotypes the government blames for keeping women out of maths and science careers.

South Africa struggles with surge of sexist violence

Cape Town - Broken, cream-coloured tiles form a mosaic of a woman's face in the entrance hall of a South African shelter for abused women. Branches extending from her head are painted across the wall, decorated with colourful leaves.

France open debate on femicide, domestic violence in September

Paris - The French government will in September begin a major consultation on domestic violence in order to stamp out gender-based murder and violence against women, a minister said on Sunday.

In US, relaxed IVF laws help would-be parents realize dreams

Washington - Freezing your eggs, getting pregnant after the age of 50, choosing the baby's sex: when it comes to in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction procedures in the United States, would-be parents are spoilt for choice.

French justice minister calls sports hijab row 'hysterical'

Paris - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday waded into a row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, saying she regretted the "hysterical" debate and stressing that selling such items would in no way br...

Russian influence on show in C. African beauty contest

Bangui - Clad in sleek red gowns and wreathed in smiles, the models lined up in Bangui stadium for the capital's first Miss Central African Republic beauty pageant for three years -- all thanks to Russia.

'Last Tango': the tainted 'masterpiece' that dogged Bertolucci

Paris - It was a scene that scarred the life of a young actress and left a stain on the career of Bernardo Bertolucci, one of cinema's most talented directors, who died Monday of cancer aged 77.

Thousands protest in 'feminist tidal wave' against sexist violence

Paris - Tens of thousands of people rallied across Europe on Saturday against sexist violence, with more than 30,000 turning out in Paris.

Thousands answer call to march against sexist violence

Paris - Tens of thousands of people rallied across Europe on Saturday against sexist violence, with more than 30,000 turning out in Paris, where a separate protest against rising fuel prices brought clashes.

French ex-minister cleared of raping two former employees

Bobigny - A French court on Thursday acquitted former government minister Georges Tron of raping two employees during foot-massaging sessions in his office.

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges other girls to be brave

Beni Mellal - A Moroccan teenager allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by men from her village called Wednesday on other girls "to be brave" after meeting with the judge investigating her case, which has shaken the nation.

#Metoo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

Paris - From France, where seduction is treated as a high art, to Sweden, a trailblazer for gender equality, the #MeToo movement has had a mixed impact in Europe, stirring debate about consent and the banality of street harassment.

Murders of trailblazing Iraqi women spark conspiracy fears

Baghdad - Over the last few weeks, four go-getting Iraqi women have separately met premature deaths -- two falling victim to men firing automatic weapons into their vehicles.

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Poznan - Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said.

Baptism at sea for first women to join France's nuclear subs

- Drinking a bowl of seawater followed by a glass of champagne, four French officers stood out during the traditional "baptism" to mark their inaugural submarine patrol: the first women to join a crew in the country's nuclear-powered fleet.

Islamist-backed candidate becomes first woman mayor of Tunis

Tunis - Islamist-backed candidate Souad Abderrahim defeated a city official who served under ousted despot Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on Tuesday to become the first woman mayor of the Tunisian capital.
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