An unveiled young woman stands in front of a sign that reads: "Sisters, observe your hijab." Another with red hair and dark glasses stands next to the ruins of Persepolis, while two others, also sans hijab, dance happily on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
They are among dozens of Iranian women inside the country who have posted their hijab-less photos on a newly launched Facebook page to share their "stealthy" moments of freedom from the veil.
A three minute clip of young Egyptian boys explaining why they sexually harass women has made waves in the online world. Conor Sheils speaks to Zeinab Sabet, co-founder of Dignity Without Borders, about creating this awareness campaign...
Barbie is on a Sports Illustrated cover and starring in a live-action film – meanwhile her sexualised beauty and unrealistic proportions continue to ignite arguments about feminsim and negative body image, says Eva Wiseman
Amazon may share its name with mythology's greatest female warriors, but the world's largest online retailer employs just 18 women among its 120 most senior managers, and none of them report directly to the boss.
Do all girls really want to play with dolls and tea sets? Do all boys want guns and trucks? Of course not. Then why are toymakers so aggressive in marketing these stereotypes? Kira Cochrane charts the rise of the pink-blue divide
Europe’s actions towards real gender equality lead to continuous yet unsteady and slow progress in most areas, according to the Progress report on equality between women and men in 2013 released by the European Commission on 14 April 2014.
Today, around 800 Moroccans took to the streets of Rabat, marching from the city center to parliament to calling for the constitutional guarantee of equal rights. The group mostly consisted of women and simply demanded the immediate application of a law already written and passed, but not yet implemented by the government. Via Raw Story:
"A new report on violence in the Media, was published by International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI). The 40-page report reveals the experiences of nearly 1,000 female journalists around the world."
As a doctor and the father of a girl face trial in Egypt accused of causing her death through female genital mutilation, the BBC's Orla Guerin explores why the procedure is still popular, despite deadly risks and a ban.
This report alerts that violence against women has dramatically increased in the Euro-Mediterranean region during the recent years, showcasing key patterns of violence against women, through case studies from Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, France, Cyprus and Spain.
The report also underlines the alarming increase and severity of sexual violence in countries such as Libya, Syria and Egypt mounting to sexual terrorism. In Egypt, women protestors were subjected to systematic and seemingly planned harassment and gang rapes in Tahrir Square. In Syria, women and are subjected to trafficking and sexual exploitation girls in refugee camps.
In the documentary film 457: Break the Silence, debut instructor Hind Bensari depicts how ordinary Moroccans view the issue of rape. Her film uncovers the fact that the commonly held point of view among Moroccans is that if a woman is raped then it is probably her own fault.
Young women feeling insecure, media pressure to get the 'perfect body' and an unregulated industry exploiting a growing market all add up to a looming crisis. So why won't the government step in, asks Jane Martinson
Rights group condemns forced labour and exploitation, citing "shocking testimonies" in 2022 World Cup host nation.
Amnesty International, the UK-based human-rights group, has accused Qatar for failing to protect migrant domestic workers, saying they are exposed to a greater extent of abuse than construction workers and are trapped by employers.
A report published on Wednesday called My sleep is my break: Exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the Gulf Arab state features instances of physical and sexual assault.
"ISTANBUL -- There are few things that shock Pinar Ilkkaracan, one of Turkey’s most prominent women activists. For three decades, she has battled what she describes as stifling sexism and stubborn politicians. But in 2010, in a revealing moment she says still haunts her, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Ilkkaracan and dozens of representatives from Turkey’s top women’s organizations that he simply does not believe in gender equality. It was a shocking blow to her lifetime of work."
"Romania will have to increase its efforts to improve gender equality, including by closing the gender gap in workforce occupancy, pay and pensions, reducing the violence rate, and promoting equality in decision making, according to the European Commission."
"Malta continues to have the least number of female company board members in Europe, at just 2% of all directors on the boards of publicly-listed companies. The statistic was released in the European Commission’s annual report for 2013 on gender equality. The EC wants to make it mandatory for large publicly-listed private and public companies to have boards composed of a minimum 40% of women directors."