Rio Carnival: Women are breaking into bate-bolas
In extravagant costumes and beating balls against the ground, the 'bate-bolas' of Rio's carnival have in the past been almost exclusively male, but women are increasingly breaking into this once highly macho tradition.
U.N. seeks to eradicate F.G.M. by 2030
About 80% of female genital mutilation (F.G.M.) procedures are performed on the African continent where, paradoxically, laws against the practice are most common. The United Nations has set the ambitious goal of eradicating all forms of ...
Five pro hockey players face sexual assault charges
Police in London, Ontario confirmed sexual assault charges levied against five members of Canada's 2018 world junior hockey team and apologized to the alleged victim for the length of time it took for her case to see action.
Teen birth rate in Texas increases for the first time in 15 years
New data is revealing the real-life impact of the Supreme Court's landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in 2022. For the first time in 15 years, the birth rate among teens in Texas increased.
Private equity firms turn activist
Hedge funds are jumping into activist investing like never before, Lazard's Rich Thomas tells Bloomberg's Sonali Basak and Crystal Tse. "Everyone is finding their voice," Thomas said.
Report says 9 out of 10 French women victims of sexist behavior
France's High Council for Gender Equality has warned that sexism amongst young French men is on the rise. In its annual report, the body said that negative stereotypes at home with the family, in the classroom and online were fostering s...
Japan military seeks women soldiers as birthrate falls
As Japan's population declines and regional tensions rise, the military is seeking to present itself as female-friendly and recruit more women soldiers.
Florida ready to follow Ohio and secure abortion rights
Groups seeking a constitutional amendment protecting abortion on Friday secured enough state-certified signatures by the Feb. 1 deadline to put a referendum on the 2024 ballot.
Thousands crowd makeshift camps in southern Gaza
Israeli bombardment is forcing Palestinians into ever-smaller areas in the south of the Gaza Strip. Close to the Egyptian border, Rafah has become a vast, makeshift camp for the displaced. A lack of basic facilities means that those who ...
U.S Supreme Court to decide access to abortion pill
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a bid by President Joe Biden's administration to preserve broad access to the abortion pill, setting up another major ruling on reproductive rights set to come in a presidential election year, after ...
Japanese ex-soldier wins landmark sexual assault case
A Japanese court found three former soldiers guilty of sexually assaulting a female colleague, in a victory for the victim whose battle for justice challenged taboos in a traditional, male-dominated society.
Jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner defies Iran in smuggled speech
The children of imprisoned Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf. They read from a defiant letter Mohammadi smuggled out of her prison cell, calling for resistance to the regime to ...
Ex-soldier fights sex abuse case in Japan
In Japan, where it remains taboo to speak out against sexual violence, one former Japanese soldier fighting a landmark sexual assault case in court says she believes the verdict, due to be handed down on Tuesday (December 12), is importa...
Wisconsin abortion debate continues
The Sheboygan County district attorney plans to appeal a court ruling that Wisconsin law permits consensual medical abortions.
Thailand facing a worsening 'ageing crisis'
Thailand is facing a demographic crisis, with the number of those above the age of 60, expected to double in the next decade. But unlike high income nations that are better equipped to cope with the social and financial burden of an agin...
Amid Israel-Hamas war, some Israelis flee to Hungary
Since the Hamas terror attack on Israel, a Jewish refugee center in Hungary has been taking in families from southern Israel. It was initially set up in 2022 to house more than 600 Jews who fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
Jailed Iranian activist wins Nobel Peace Prize
Narges Mohammadi — currently imprisoned in Iran's notorious Evin Prison — has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 'her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.'
Mexico court decriminalises abortion
In Mexico, the Supreme Court has decriminalised abortion, ruling that the current laws 'violate the human rights of women'. The decision will increase abortion access throughout Mexico and marks a major victory for activists in the Roman...
FIFA suspends Spanish football chief over kiss
Soccer's ruling world body FIFA said on Saturday it had suspended Spanish federation chief Luis Rubiales from all football-related activities for three months as it investigates an incident in which he kissed player Jenni Hermoso.
Spanish women's football scandal deepens
Spain's Women's World Cup champion football team say they won't play until the head of the country's football federation steps down after he non-consensually kissed player Jenni Hermoso.
Football chief investigated over World Cup kiss
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Luis Rubiales, the president of the Spanish Football Association, after his unsolicited kiss on Women's World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso.
Disturbing assault video goes viral in India
A disturbing viral video has surfaced showing two women being sexually assaulted by a mob. It was part of an ongoing ethnic conflict in the state of Manipur and the video has sparked outrage across India.
Pro-democracy surges as Thailand heads to the polls
A pro-democracy movement is surging in Thailand as voters head to the polls, but democracy advocates worry it may not be enough to shift power from the conservative military establishment that’s gripped the country for nearly a decade.
The impossible task of journalists in Russia
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had devastating consequences for press freedom in the country. New laws forbid journalists from criticizing the Kremlin's so-called "special military operation." There are very few independent media outle...
Afghan women demand the Taliban be punished
“Recognition of Taliban — violation of women’s rights,” the women chanted during the march, which lasted no longer than 10 minutes in the capital.
Singapore executes man over cannabis conviction
Singapore on Wednesday executed a man accused of coordinating a cannabis delivery, despite pleas for clemency from his family and protests from activists that he was convicted on weak evidence.
U.S Supreme Court blocks abortion changes
Americans for now will have access to mifepristone, a widely-used abortion pill, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked new restrictions on the drug set by lower courts, amid a series of fierce legal battles surrounding reproductive...
Florida expands controversial ‘Don’t say gay’ ban
The Board of Education has voted to ban instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in all ages, expanding the statute some call the ‘Don’t say gay’ law. The move comes as the state’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is believe...
Dalai Lama apologizes for videotaped incident
The Dalai Lama is facing criticism for an interaction in February where he asked a young boy to kiss him on the lips and suck his tongue. The Dalai Lama has apologized and said it was all part of a joke.