A letter to … a child born the day the Taliban retook Afghanistan | Taliban

In May 2021, the Taliban launched an offensive following the announcement that US and NATO troops would withdraw from Afghanistan after 20 years. Town by town, city by city, the Taliban made rapid advancements, retaking areas they had not controlled since the late 1990s. On the morning of August 15, the republic government collapsed and … Read more

‘I’ll be sacrificed’: The lost and sold daughters of Afghanistan | Women’s Rights

Listen to this story: Herat, Afghanistan – The last time Aalam Gul Jamshidi saw her daughter was the night the 16 year old was married off to a man more than twice her age. Aziz Gul looked radiant in a sequinned, white wedding dress and a bright yellow headscarf, but there was fear in her … Read more

Returning to Afghanistan—One Year After the Fall of Kabul

Kabul fell a year ago this week. Afghanistan—after decades of near-constant violence, rampant corruption, failure to establish a sustainable government, and, to many observers, only limited gains in terms of women’s rights—was back to square one. The end had returned to the beginning. Now, the nation was in the hands of the Taliban, the same … Read more

How does India have twice as many women airline pilots as the US? | Business and Economy News

Nivedita Bhasin became the world’s youngest commercial airline captain in 1989, but the Indian pilot still recalls her early years when other crew would urge her to rush into the cockpit so passengers wouldn’t get nervous at the sight of a woman flying their plane. Three decades after Bhasin’s career began, female pilots are no … Read more

Poland’s ban on abortion forces many to seek help in Germany | Women’s Rights

For Zuzu*, an activist with the Berlin-based group Ciocia Basia that assists people seeking an abortion in neighboring Poland, fielding calls is just one of many responsibilities she carries out. Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Zuzu and other activists working with partner organization Abortion Without Borders (AWB) told Al Jazeera that … Read more

The crooked path from the ERA’s failure to Roe’s end | Women’s Rights

In recent years, nearly everything in the US has turned like buttermilk under the hot summer sun. The US Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v Wade and take away the constitutional right to an abortion is just the latest example. A few days after the Court’s decision, the rape of a 10-year-old girl gained … Read more

Florida’s DeSantis suspends state prosecutor over abortion law | Politics News

Andrew Warren, an elected Democratic state attorney, had pledged not to enforce the US state’s 15-week abortion ban. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended a Democrat who was elected state prosecutor for vowing not to enforce the state’s 15-week abortion ban, and for supporting gender transition treatments for minors. DeSantis announced on Thursday the suspension … Read more

Malaysian mothers fight country’s unequal citizenship laws | Women News

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – After a decade in the United States, Aniza Ismail returned to Malaysia in 2009 with her two daughters. Recently separated from the girls’ Indonesian father, the 50-year-old wanted to bring them closer to her extended family and equip them with a better understanding of Islam. But despite the fact that Aniza … Read more

US Justice Department sues Idaho over abortion ban | Courts News

The DOJ announced the lawsuit on Tuesday, saying the state’s ban would prevent doctors from providing medical treatment. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has sued Idaho over the state’s near-total ban on abortion, saying the stringent ban denies pregnant women potentially life-saving medical care, and therefore “directly conflicts” with federal law. The DOJ … Read more

‘Shame of a nation’: 84 arrested after gang rape in South Africa | Sexual Assault News

Mass sexual assault of eight women has shocked the country with the president denouncing ‘horrible acts of brutality’. More than 80 people arrested following a gang rape of eight South African women appeared before a court on Monday as the police minister described the assault as the “shame of the nation”. A gang of gunmen … Read more