Afghan Women's Rights Advocate, Negotiator Injured in Attack

A prominent women's rights advocate and member of the Afghan team tasked with negotiating with the Taliban sustained minor injuries in an attack in Kabul by unknown gunmen, officials said on Saturday. They described the attack on Fawzia Koofi, a former lawmaker, as an assassination attempt. It wa

UK’s women’s refuges turn away victims who speak no English

Women’s charities have raised concerns that victims of domestic violence are being refused places at refuges, even when there is capacity, because they do not speak English. Those turned away include a mother with a 14-month-old baby who was fleeing violence after being held as a slave by her

The Goodness Podcast: A window on women’s struggles

For years, women in the Middle East have struggled to speak up on issues that have only been whispered about in the region, said co-founder of The Goodness Podcast Noor Tehini.  To give women a chance to openly discuss these taboo topics, Tehini, who is Lebanese and who grew up in the UAE, dec

British-Australian lecturer jailed in Iran moved to remote prison

A British-Australian woman serving a 10-year jail term in Iran has been transferred to a notorious desert prison used to punish political prisoners, officials say. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Middle East politics at Melbourne University, was jailed in September 2018 for espionage. She was tr

'Silent pandemic': How women in the Middle East and North Africa are threatened online

Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are facing increased harassment and abuse online as they continue to fight sexual harassment in the streets and domestic violence heightened by the stress of the coronavirus pandemic. For years, the digital sphere has often proven to be a hostile env

Harmful practices rob women and girls of ‘right to reach their full potential’

Every year, millions of girls are subjected to practices that routinely harm them, both physically and emotionally, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities, the report states.“Harmful practices against girls cause profound and lasting trauma, robbing them

Women Workers of Safireh Garbage Site Deprived of Minimum Rights

Some 120 workers are employed at Safireh, a garbage-sorting site in Ahvaz. The majority of women workers of Safireh are heads of household and they risk injury and contracting diseases. The women who work at Safireh have delinquent guardians, or no guardians at all, and face difficult challenges.

'Every abuser is more volatile': the truth behind the shocking rise of domestic violence killings

In the UK, the number of domestic killings has doubled during lockdown and frontline services report record-breaking cries for help. Here’s why the violence has increased – and what you can do to help victimslison Young lived in lockdown long before Covid-19. For most of her eight-year m

Women face rise in domestic violence due to coronavirus lockdown in Yemen, report says

Recent reports of violence against women since COVID-19 restrictions were imposed in Yemen indicate that the levels of violence have risen further, a report published by the London School of Economics said.The Yemeni Women Union (YWU) continues to record cases of violence against women despite

Women Pay the Price of the Judicial Authorities’ Suspension

Hala is not a Coronavirus victim, but rather a victim of the delayed justice that has deprived her of seeing her son or even hearing his voice over the phone. Her story is one of many others that occur on a daily basis due to the inability of some judges to consider urgent cases.Eighteen months ago,

Re-think gender roles, says Tunisian feminist Hmida

During Tunisia’s coronavirus lockdown, feminist activist and former lawmaker Bochra BelHajj Hmida has been worrying about family violence, rethinking gender roles — and crocheting. Tunisia’s lockdown, which has seen men and women confined to the domestic space together, offers a c

18-year-old Iranian woman burned to death by brother for marrying older man

An 18-year-old Iranian young woman has died of critical burns after her brother torched their house for marrying a man he did not approve of, state media reported on Wednesday. The victim had been hospitalised for a week and died from severe burn injuries on Tuesday, according to local media. The i

So-called honor killing of teen girl brings outcry in Iran

The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old Iranian girl by her father, who reportedly used a farming sickle to behead her as she slept, has prompted a nationwide outcry.Reza Ashrafi, now in custody, was apparently enraged when he killed his daughter Romina on Thursday after she ran away with 34-ye

Immersive Violence

According to the World Health Organization, almost one-third of women in the world have been victims of intimate or domestic partner violence. This public health problem has increased during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis due to the lockdown restrictions that have extended the time that family members

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

In Nigeria, the political advocacy sphere is a caustic landmine. Politics and advocacy usually get filtered through a religious and ethnocentric prism. Advocates with a strong social media presence — especially on Twitter — have to develop a tough skin to deal with the avalanche of gbas

Pakistan girls murdered over phone video footage

Two teenage girls have been murdered in a so-called "honour killing" in north-west Pakistan following a video circulated on the internet. They are said to have been shot dead by family members earlier this week in a village on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal districts. The murd

Reaching 130 million girls with no access to school

In the time it takes to read this story, about eight girls under the age of 15 will have given birth - mostly in the world's poorest countries - and many will never go back to school. Julia Gillard, former Australian prime minister, is campaigning for the right of girls to stay in education - and w

Across the Middle East, many women face a double threat: Abuser inside, virus outside

In many countries around the world, domestic violence is on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced people to shelter at home. Under various lockdown and confinement orders, violence against women has surged — including in progressive democracies. France reported a 30 percent in

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