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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


‘Now I know love is real!’ The people who gave up on romance – then found it in lockdown

Dating apps can be difficult and daunting at the best of times, and many users give up on them entirely. But for some the pandemic was a chance to reassess their priorities, and they were able to forge a much deeper connectionWhen the country first went into lockdown, I – reluctantly – reloaded my dating app. With the world on pause and friends navigating the choppy waters of home schooling, I needed something to pass the time. I had never had much luck with the apps but, this time, I connected ...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Sex, Relationships, Friendship, Women, Life and style, Dating, Men, Bart, Windsor


Facebook and Google condemned over ads for ‘abortion pill reversal’

Adverts promoting ‘dangerous, unproven and unethical’ procedure shown millions of times, study findsFacebook has served “abortion reversal” adverts 18.4m times since January 2020, according to a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), promoting an “unproven, unethical” and “dangerous” procedure.Google shows the adverts on more than four-fifths of searches related to abortion across a number of US cities, according to the CCDH research, targeted at search terms such as “unwante...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Abortion, CCDH, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH


#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


I’m worried my husband’s porn use has ruined his sex drive

He lied to me about watching porn and now only wants sex when he’s already aroused. It makes me feel like I no longer turn him onWhen I married my husband, one of the conditions was: no pornography. We have been married 25 years. In 2018, I discovered my husband had been watching porn regularly for six years. I found out because it gave him erectile dysfunction. He said he would give it up, which he did for 18 months. Then he started again. I was furious. We went to counselling. My husband only ...
Tags: Sex, Relationships, Women, Life and style, Sexuality, Men, Pornography


‘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


Labia liberation! The movement to end vulva anxiety for good

Women have long been taught to be ashamed of their vulvas, with increasing numbers turning to cosmetic surgery in pursuit of genital ‘perfection’. But a new generation is fighting backWhen Florence Schechter opened the Vagina Museum – the world’s first museum dedicated to gynaecological anatomy – in London in 2019, it was partly a response to a dramatic rise in labiaplasty surgery. Instances of such surgery more than doubled in the first decade of this century, then carried on climbing. Zoe Will...
Tags: Health, London, Sex, Women, Life and style, Society, Sexual health, Cosmetic Surgery, Zoe Williams, Florence Schechter, Vagina Museum


Lashana Lynch, the first female 007: ‘I never had a plan B’

Lashana Lynch, star of the new Bond movie, on ninja training, doing her own stunts and why now’s the time for an agent who’s a ‘real woman’Lashana Lynch knew she was on a very short shortlist. She had taped a couple of auditions for Barbara Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond films since 1995. She met and read with Daniel Craig, who would be making his fifth and final appearance in No Time To Die, the 25th 007 adventure, a new release that you may have caught wind of by now. Then, finally, ...
Tags: Film, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, James Bond, Thrillers, Daniel Craig, Barbara Broccoli, Lynch, Lashana Lynch


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


‘A kick in the teeth’: British mothers and pregnant women fear return to workplace

Companies recalling staff this month have been accused of not offering flexitime and failing to protect employeesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBefore the pandemic, every morning and night was a cycle of stress and rushing around for single mother Emma Woodburn, getting her two young sons to and from school, childcare before and after work and staying on top of housework.But when, 18 months ago, the 39-year-old from Lancashire was told by her employer she could work ...
Tags: Business, Family, Money, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Charities, Working From Home, Parents and parenting, Lancashire, Coronavirus, Emma Woodburn


It’s not just Texas – anti-abortion activists are targeting women’s rights in Europe | Mara Clarke

Draconian laws in European countries and the effects of Brexit and Covid-19 are making safe terminations harder to accessMara Clarke is the founder of Abortion Support NetworkThe state of Texas now has the most restrictive abortion law to be passed in the US since Roe v Wade legalised abortion in 1973. Texas residents must now add out-of-state travel to the many barriers that already exist to getting an abortion. There has been an outpouring of support for Texas women from people in the UK and E...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Texas, Women, US, European Union, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Northern Ireland, Abortion, Clarke


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


I tested 39 foundations with amazing reviews and found the best 17 you can buy

Maybelline; Milk; ILIA; BareMinerals; Rachel Mendelson/Insider If you haven't worn foundation since 2020, let us help you find today's best pick. From drugstore to designer brands, there are formulas in multiple finishes, formats, and packaging. After testing 39 of the top-rated foundations, I've rounded up my favorite 17 below. With hundreds of options and ever-evolving shade names, finding the right foundation for your skin tone and skin type is like finding a needle in a ha...
Tags: Reviews, Makeup, Rihanna, Women, Trends, Features, Beauty, Buying Guide, Sephora, Foundation, Maybelline, Ilia, Born This Way Foundation, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Huda Beauty


The schoolday I’ll never forget: ‘We were told about periods – and I wanted to disappear’

Were any of us really ready for the news that we would bleed each month? Only one reaction made sense. Destroy all the sanitary towelsLet me take you back to south-west London circa 1988. Eddi Reader singing, “It’s got to be-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee perrrrrrrr-fect” on the radio and Margaret Thatcher in No 10 for all eternity. A time when internalised misogyny is so deeply internalised that no one knows it exists. I’m nine-ish, sporting a dark-blue checked dress and a nonchalant expression – and at sch...
Tags: London, Time, Women, Life and style, Margaret Thatcher, Schools, Judy Blume, Menstruation, Galia, Chitra


Fran Lebowitz: ‘If people disagree with me, so what?’

With a hit Netflix series and The Fran Lebowitz Reader now published in the UK, the American wit talks about failing to write, her dislike of Andy Warhol and her best friend Toni MorrisonFran Lebowitz is a famous writer who famously doesn’t write. “I’m really lazy and writing is really hard and I don’t like to do hard things,” she says, and it’s the rare writer who would not have some sympathy with that. Yet, as all writers also know, writer’s block, which the 70-year-old has suffered from for f...
Tags: Books, UK, New York, Media, Women, Life and style, World news, Netflix, Culture, LGBT rights, Andy Warhol, Essays, Erroll McDonald, Lebowitz, Fran Lebowitz, Journalism books


L.A. Chef/Author Alice Carbone Tench to Stream Cooking Shows!

 Here’s a great story that hits a number of topics all at one time: cooking,  an LA Chef who becomes an author, plus she is launching a new streaming cooking show in LA!. Los Angeles Chef + Author Alice Carbone Tench Streams Live Weekly Cooking Shows From Italy! by Michelle Perez &  Saeli Eshelman.    […] The post L.A. Chef/Author Alice Carbone Tench to Stream Cooking Shows! first appeared on LA-Story.com.
Tags: Photos, Food, Cooking, Chef, Cook, Featured, Entertainment, California, Women, Lifestyle, Events, Entrepreneurs, Strategy, Social Media, Seo, Going Green


Unacknowledged rape: the sexual assault survivors who hide their trauma – even from themselves

Surveys suggest a large proportion of women have experienced sexual assaults that they labelled as a misunderstanding. This has serious psychological repercussions and increases the chance of being victimised againThe morning after it happened, I said a cheery: “Good morning,” to my university roommate, as if nothing was wrong. “How was last night?” she asked. “So fun,” I lied. The truth was that the night before I had feared for my life.I didn’t articulate it, but deep down I knew that what had...
Tags: Law, Sex, Women, Life and style, Society, Sexual Harassment, Rape and sexual assault


‘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


‘We lost everything’: Afghan wheelchair basketball team captain speaks out

Nilofar Bayat begins rebuilding her life in Spain after days of fear for her life under Taliban ruleWhen the Taliban entered Kabul, Nilofar Bayat, the captain of Afghanistan’s female national wheelchair basketball team, knew she had to get out.“There were so many videos of me playing basketball. I had been active in calling for women’s rights and the rights of women with disabilities,” she said. “If the Taliban found out all of this about me, I knew they would kill me.” Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Women, Spain, Sport, Life and style, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Basketball, Nilofar Bayat, Disability and sport, Kabul Nilofar Bayat


Patsy Kensit: ‘You don’t have to marry all your boyfriends’

The actor, 53, talks about her charming dad, never reading her reviews in the papers, staying strong and eating nothing but shepherd’s pieWe grew up without money: two rooms and an outside loo. I remember shyly cowering behind the coal shed as Mum tried to photograph me, but by the age of four I was playing Mia Farrow’s daughter in The Great Gatsby. I loved the fantasy of acting, the contrast of the worlds in which I lived. It’s not that one was better, but going from life with not very much to ...
Tags: Film, Women, Life and style, Culture, Dad, Mia Farrow, Reggie, Kray, Patsy Kensit


Scottish government launches country’s first women’s health plan

Initiative described as ‘first stage of a long-term commitment to reducing health inequalities for women’Commitments to reduce waiting times for diagnosing endometriosis from over eight years to less than 12 months, offer individual care plans after a woman’s first miscarriage and widen access to specialist menopause services form part of the Scottish government’s first women’s health plan, published on Friday.The plan, which was informed by women’s own testimonies, is described as “the first st...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Scottish politics, Women's Health


The 8 best razors for women, including subscription services that deliver them straight to your door

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Well Kept Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Razors are an easy option for those who choose to remove their body hair.With so many options out there, it can be tough to figure out which blade is best.We tested a handful of the best razors for women, and these 9 reigned supreme.When every razor in the aisle guarantees a nick-free close shave it's hard to determine which one truly lives up to its pro...
Tags: Reviews, Shopping, Women, Billie, Trends, Features, Beauty, Buying Guide, Shaving, Razors, Tsa, Personal Care, Skin Care, Flamingo, Schick Hydro, Body Care


‘My bosses were happy to destroy me’ – the women forced out of work by menopause

Almost a million women have left their jobs because of menopausal symptoms. Countless others are discriminated against, denied support and openly mocked. Do they need new legal protections?In 2019, Mara’s weekly performance review meetings grew intolerable; she would sit in a cramped conference room with her supervisors only to be told that she wasn’t performing well enough. “I felt like a child,” says Mara, who is 48, lives in Hampshire and works and works as a public servant. “They would tell ...
Tags: Women, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Menopause, Hampshire, Guardian Careers, Mara


‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care

Three parents forced to give up their lives and careers to get help for their severely ill children tell their storiesCassandra Leese should have been at the front of the queue when the NHS called on former staff to return to help fight the nascent Covid pandemic in March 2020.As an ITU-trained nurse, she was exactly the sort of experienced frontline worker the health service desperately needed. But instead of rejoining the ranks, she was housebound. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Family, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Mental Health, Autism, NHS, Parents and parenting, Young People, ITU, Leese


‘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


A moment that changed me: I met my soulmate at Istanbul airport security

As a recently divorced British Asian Muslim, I didn’t expect anyone to understand my mix of culture, faith and life experiences. But the woman who became my best friend saw past my aloof exterior“I was going to take out the wire from my bra and hand it to her!” whispers an annoyed voice from behind me. I turn to see who it is, and in that moment, my life changes.I am at Istanbul airport. It’s 2004, a few years after 9/11, and there is still heightened security around air travel. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Relationships, Race, Women, Life and style, Istanbul



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