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Zahra Joya: the Afghan reporter who fled the Taliban – and kept telling the truth about women

As a child in Afghanistan, she pretended to be a boy in order to get an education, before starting her own women’s news agency. Now living in Britain, her fight continuesJust over a month ago, Zahra Joya left her house in Kabul to walk to her office, as she had been doing every day. From this small office, Joya, a journalist, ran Rukhshana Media, the news agency she founded last year to report on the stories of women and girls across Afghanistan. By the time she returned home in the afternoon, h...
Tags: Media, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Afghanistan, Britain, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Joya, Zahra Joya, Rukhshana Media


#DoNotTouchMyClothes: Afghan women’s social media protest against Taliban

Women around the world are sharing pictures of themselves in traditional colourful clothes in a campaign against the new strict dress code for female studentsAfter street demonstrations across major cities in Afghanistan, women have now taken to social media to protest against the Taliban’s hardline policies towards them.An online campaign has seen Afghan women around the world share photos of themselves wearing traditional colourful clothes, using the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes. Continue read...
Tags: Law, Religion, Women, Life and style, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Islam, Global development, Sharia law, Inequality, Women's rights and gender equality


‘Every man was drinking’: how much do bans on alcohol help women in India?

Women’s protests led to prohibition in Bihar but can alcohol bans end domestic abuse and harassment?Holding sticks and brooms, the women marched to the liquor shop in the centre of Konar village. It was a rare ambush in the staunchly patriarchal Bihar state in eastern India. But they were at breaking point.“In every village women were troubled by alcohol. Men harassed them on the streets. Husbands beat them at home,” says Sunita Devi, 52, a former seamstress who led the crowd. “When they saw us ...
Tags: Health, Family, Law, Alcohol, India, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, South and Central Asia, Global development, Alcoholism, Sexual Harassment, Bihar, Sunita Devi


The Taliban are not the only threat to Afghanistan. Aid cuts could undo 20 years of progress

The most vulnerable people will bear the cost of sanctions, as services and the economy collapseWatching Afghanistan’s unfolding trauma, I’ve thought a lot about Mumtaz Ahmed, a young teacher I met a few years ago. Her family fled Kabul during Taliban rule in the late 1990s.Raised as a refugee in Pakistan, Ahmed had defied the odds and made it to university. Now, she was back in Afghanistan teaching maths in a rural girls’ school. “I came back because I believe in education and I love my country...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, Human Rights, Education, Children, Law, Women, Economics, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Teaching, Afghanistan, Taliban


‘Tomorrow they will kill me’: Afghan female police officers live in fear of Taliban reprisals

With at least four women, including a pregnant mother, targeted and killed by Taliban fighters, female ex-officers feel abandoned by the worldNegar Masumi, a female police officer with 15 years of experience, was determined not to flee when the Taliban took control of her home province of Ghor in central Afghanistan.On Saturday night, gunmen, who called themselves Taliban mujahideen, stormed Negar’s home. They took her husband and four of her sons into another room and tied them up. Then they be...
Tags: Women, Life and style, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Nato, Global development, Internally displaced people, Ghor, Women's rights and gender equality, Masumi


‘They came for my daughter’: Afghan single mothers face losing children under Taliban

Life for single mothers in Afghanistan has always been marred by stigma and poverty. Now with the Taliban in control, what few protections they had have disappearedThe day after Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province, fell to the Taliban on 14 August, gunmen came for Raihana’s* six-year-old daughter.Widowed when her husband was murdered by Taliban forces in 2020, Raihana had been raising her child as a single mother. After her husband’s death she had fought her in-laws for cust...
Tags: Children, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Divorce, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Internally displaced people, Sharif, Mazar, Balkh, Raihana


Delivering babies in a Nigerian camp: ‘I’ve had to use plastic bags as gloves’

After seeing a woman die in childbirth, Liyatu Ayuba stepped in and has now delivered 118 babies in a community cut off from public health servicesHaving watched a woman and her baby die needlessly after being refused admission to a hospital over a lack of money, Liyatu Ayuba wanted to never let it happen again.The 62-year-old is one of Nigeria’s nearly 3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – driven out of their homes by the violence of the Boko Haram Islamist militants. Ayuba fled Gwoza ...
Tags: Health, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Childbirth, Sexual health, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Infant and child mortality, Internally displaced people


Nigeria’s IDP camp midwife ‘bringing joy’ to mothers left behind by state

After seeing a woman die in childbirth, Liyatu Ayuba stepped in and has now delivered 118 babiesHaving watched a woman and her baby die needlessly after being refused admission to a hospital over a lack of money, Liyatu Ayuba wanted to never let it happen again.The 62-year-old is one of Nigeria’s nearly 3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) – driven out of their homes by the violence of the Boko Haram Islamist militants. Ayuba fled Gwoza in the north-eastern state of Borno in 2011 with he...
Tags: Health, Boko Haram, Nigeria, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Childbirth, Sexual health, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Infant and child mortality, Internally displaced people


Fashion brands sign new deal on Bangladesh garment workers’ safety

Campaigners and union leaders praise accord, which replaces one agreed after 2013 Rana Plaza fireCampaigners have hailed a new agreement designed to protect garment workers in Bangladesh, signed by the likes of H&M and Inditex, which owns Zara and Bershka.The accord replaces another agreement signed by more than 200 international fashion companies after the Rana Plaza factory fire in 2013, in which more than 1,100 people died. For the first time, these companies faced legal action if their healt...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Fashion industry, Global development, Bangladesh, Garment Workers, Zara, Rana Plaza, Inditex


‘I’m one of them’: the FGM survivor providing a lifeline in Leeds

Stigma can stop women seeking help but Hawa Bah, who was cut at eight, reaches those suffering in silence to get them the care they needOne night 14 years ago, Hawa Bah crept out of her house in Guinea and slipped into the darkness. She says she had lost count but it may have been her 14th or 15th escape attempt from an abusive marriage she was forced into with a man 37 years her senior.Bah made her way through a maze of streets to the meeting point where a car was waiting with two strangers ins...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Guinea, Refugees, Global development, Fgm, Leeds, Forced marriage, Child marriage, Bah, Female genital mutilation (FGM


‘I’m one of them’: the FGM survivor providing a lifeline

Stigma can stop women seeking help but Hawa Bah, who was cut at eight, reaches those suffering in silence to get them the care they needOne night 14 years ago, Hawa Bah crept out of her house in Guinea and slipped into the darkness. She says she had lost count but it may have been her 14th or 15th escape attempt from an abusive marriage she was forced into with a man 37 years her senior.Bah made her way through a maze of streets to the meeting point where a car was waiting with two strangers ins...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Guinea, Refugees, Global development, Fgm, Leeds, Forced marriage, Child marriage, Bah, Female genital mutilation (FGM


‘My crime is I fell in love’: should India rethink tough laws on underage sex?

Laws intended to tackle child abuse are resulting in young men in consensual relationships being imprisoned. Activists argue a more nuanced approach is neededMani*, 21, began dating Noor*, 17, two years ago. They couldn’t see each other during the Covid lockdowns, but when restrictions began to ease, they would meet on the deserted banks of a canal in a small town in Tamil Nadu. The couple hoped to marry one day, but then Noor fell pregnant, and life turned into a nightmare.Two months ago, Mani ...
Tags: Sex, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Sexuality, Global development, Young People, Teenage pregnancy, Tamil Nadu, Noor, Mani


‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die

With 93,000 children in Peru losing a parent to Covid, many face depression, anxiety and povertyWhen Covid-19 began shutting down Nilda López’s vital organs, doctors decided that the best chance of saving her and her unborn baby was to put her into a coma.Six months pregnant, López feared she would not wake up, or that if she did, her baby would not be there. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Education, Children, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Disability, Infectious Diseases, Social exclusion, Global development, Peru, Child Labour


‘Sometimes I have to pick up a gun’: the female Afghan governor resisting the Taliban

Salima Mazari, one of only three female district governors in Afghanistan, tells of her motivation to fight the militantsIt is early morning in Charkint, in the northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, but a meeting with the governor is already well under way to urgently assess the safety of the 30,000 people she represents. Salima Mazari has been in the job for just over three years, and for her, fighting the Taliban is nothing new, but since July she has been meeting with the commanders of her ...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Refugees, Global development, Women in politics, Migration And Development, Balkh, Charkint, Salima Mazari, Afghanistan Mazari


Illegally sterilised Czech women to be offered compensation

Hundreds of mostly Roma women were threatened, tricked or bribed into being sterilised until 2012Women sterilised without their consent are to be offered compensation in the Czech Republic after President Miloš Zeman signed a bill into law this week. The women, most of whom were Roma, will be awarded 300,000 Czech crowns (£10,000) from the government as compensation. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Czech Republic, Global development, Women's Health, Roma, Gypsies And Travellers, Milos Zeman, Women's rights and gender equality


Workers return to Bangladesh’s garment factories despite record Covid deaths

Hundreds of thousands flock to cities as government allows manufacturers to reopen, with exporters citing fears Western brands would divert ordersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers have returned to major cities, besieging train and bus stations after the government said export factories could reopen despite the deadly coronavirus wave.Authorities had ordered factories, offices, transport and shops to close from 23 July...
Tags: Fashion, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Bangladesh, Garment Workers, Coronavirus


‘Collective strength’: the LRA captive restoring dignity to survivors in Uganda

Kidnapped by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels as a girl, Victoria Nyanjura has pushed through major reforms for victims of abduction and rapeWhen Victoria Nyanjura was abducted from her Catholic boarding school in northern Uganda by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, she prayed to God asking to die.She was 14 when she was taken, along with 29 others, in the middle of the night. During the next eight years in captivity she was subjected to beatings, starvation, rape and other horrors that she ca...
Tags: Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Uganda, Domestic Violence, Global development, Women's Health, Aids and HIV, LRA, Child Soldiers, Lord 's Resistance Army, Rape and sexual assault, Victoria Nyanjura, Nyanjura


Canine ‘super-detectors’: the dogs working to free Iraq from Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


How ‘super-detector’ dogs are helping free Iraq from the terror of Isis mines

Branco and X-Lang are part of an elite team – four canines and their Yazidi handlers – leading a groundbreaking sniff-search for the homemade devices that litter the landOn the wide, flat plain of the Sinjar district of northern Iraq, Naif Khalaf Qassim lets his dog, an eight-year-old Belgian shepherd, range across the dry earth on a 30-metre leash until Branco stops and sits, tail wagging, looking towards his handler with enthusiasm.Branco has detected something underground and, when the mine-c...
Tags: Isis, Dogs, Animals, Islamic State, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sinjar, LANG, Branco, Khalaf Qassim


Violence against Africa’s children is rising. It stains our collective conscience | Graça Machel

We must apply our own home-grown initiatives if we are to curb abuses of Africa’s most vulnerable Of all the unspeakable injustices suffered by Africa’s children – and I’ve witnessed many – violence is surely the worst because it is almost entirely preventable. Africa’s children suffer many hardships, including poverty, hunger and disease. Violence against children is avoidable, yet young people in Africa, especially girls, continue to live with sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mu...
Tags: Human Rights, Children, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Global development, Global Education, Graca Machel, Children's Health, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Rights and Welfare, Conflict and arms


‘Now I’ve a purpose’: why more Kurdish women are choosing to fight

All-female militias in Syria have again swelled in numbers in recent years with many women joining the call to arms despite the risksZeynab Serekaniye, a Kurdish woman with a gap-toothed smile and a warm demeanor, never imagined she’d join a militia.The 26-year-old grew up in Ras al-Ayn, a town in north-east Syria. The only girl in a family of five, she liked to fight and wear boys’ clothing. But when her brothers got to attend school and she did not, Serekaniye did not challenge the decision. S...
Tags: Women, Life and style, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Kurds, Ras, Serekaniye


Came to fight, stayed for the freedom: why more Kurdish women are taking up arms

All-female militias in Syria have swelled in numbers in response to Turkish incursions. The comradeship and life outside traditional gender roles is proving appealing to manyZeynab Serekaniye, a Kurdish woman with a gap-toothed smile and a warm demeanor, never imagined she’d join a militia.The 26-year-old grew up in Ras al-Ayn, a town in north-east Syria. The only girl in a family of five, she liked to fight and wear boys’ clothing. But when her brothers got to attend school and she did not, Ser...
Tags: Women, Life and style, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Kurds, Ras, Serekaniye


How public ‘apologies’ are used against domestic abuse victims in Chechnya

Activists say Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime uses televised confessions ‘under duress’ to hold back women’s rights, despite changes in societyKhalimat Taramova, the 22-year-old daughter of a prominent Chechen businessman, sits demurely on a velvet sofa ornately embellished in gold. She is wearing a modest dress and a headscarf. With her on the sofa are three men dressed in suits. They are appearing on Grozny TV, the state television channel of Russia’s Chechen Republic.Only a couple of weeks before the...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Human Rights, Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Global development, Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya, Dagestan, Grozny


Top fashion brands face legal challenge over garment workers’ rights in Asia

Pan-Asian labour rights group launches groundbreaking attempt to hold global labels accountable for alleged rights violations during pandemicLegal complaints are being filed against some of the world’s largest fashion brands in major garment-producing countries across Asia in a groundbreaking attempt to hold the global fashion industry legally accountable for human rights violations in the countries where their clothing is made.The Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA), a pan-Asian labour rights group...
Tags: Asia, Fashion, Human Rights, H&m, Unions, Indonesia, India, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Garment Workers, Sri Lanka, DKNY, Asia Floor Wage Alliance AFWA


‘A world problem’: immigrant families hit by Covid jab gap

Families spread across rich and poor countries are acutely aware of relatives’ lack of access to vaccineFor months she had been dreaming of it and finally Susheela Moonsamy was able to do it: get together with her relatives and give them a big hug. Throughout the pandemic she had only seen her siblings, nieces and nephews fully “masked up” at socially distanced gatherings. But a few weeks ago, as their home state of California pressed on with its efficient vaccination rollout, they could have a...
Tags: Health, Europe, Family, California, Africa, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Colombia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation


‘Wage theft’ in Primark, Nike and H&M supply chain – report

No laws were broken but brands failed to ensure workers were paid properly during the pandemic, says Clean Clothes CampaignCampaigners claim to have found evidence of “wage theft” in the supply chains of Primark, Nike and H&M in a report that outlines the devastating consequences of the pandemic on garment workers in Indonesia, Cambodia and Bangladesh.Research by the Clean Clothes Campaign found that, while none of the brands had broken any laws, they had failed to ensure that their workers were...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Human Rights, H&m, Indonesia, Nike, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Poverty, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Fashion industry, Global development, Cambodia, Bangladesh


Billions pledged to tackle gender inequality at UN forum

Generation Equality Forum in Paris announces plans to radically speed up progress on women’s rightsBillions of pounds will be pledged to support efforts to tackle gender inequality this week at the largest international conference on women’s rights in more than 25 years.The Generation Equality Forum, hosted in Paris by UN Women and the governments of France and Mexico, will launch plans to radically speed up progress over the next five years. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Mexico, France, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Poverty, Unemployment, Paris, United Nations, Global development, Un, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Inequality, Melinda Gates


Honduran state responsible for trans woman’s murder – court

Landmark ruling orders state to pay reparations, protect trans people and legalise gender change In a landmark ruling for transgender rights, the Honduras government has been found responsible for the 2009 murder of the trans woman and activist Vicky Hernández. The ruling, at the inter-American court of human rights, was published on the 12th anniversary of Hernández’s death, and marks the first time the highest regional human rights court has held a state accountable for failing to prevent, inv...
Tags: Gender, Human Rights, Law, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Transgender, Sexuality, LGBT rights, Global development, Honduras, Hernandez, Vicky Hernandez


Barcelona street sellers take on Nike with own-brand trainers

Ethical streetwear co-operative Top Manta says profits will help migrant vendors ‘become legal and work for a decent wage’After years of selling cheap copies of designer shoes and handbags, Barcelona’s street vendors have set up a co-operative and launched a line of trainers under the brand name Top Manta.Unlike an earlier attempt to establish a brand in 2017 by sticking a logo on shoes imported from China, the trainers are made in Alicante in Spain and Porto in Portugal. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Fashion, China, Africa, Nike, Senegal, Spain, Barcelona, Life and style, World news, Migration, Ethical business, Portugal, Global development, Women's Shoes


‘On a rampage’: the African women fighting to end FGM

Female genital mutilation has revived under Covid but activists are pushing hard to save girls at riskIt was when the phone started ringing with calls from worried mothers in Somalia that Ifrah Ahmed knew she was making an impact. The women told her their daughters had been bleeding for hours after undergoing female genital mutilation and asked what to do. Ahmed told them to seek medical attention, and probably saved lives by doing so.The mothers called because they had heard the story of a 10-y...
Tags: Health, Media, Activism, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sierra Leone, United Nations, Global development, Somalia, Fgm, Ahmed, Campaigning journalism



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