In certain communities in Benin, Togo and Ghana, young virgin girls are sent to atone for their family’s wrongdoing.
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Trokosi is an ancient practice in West Africa where virgin girls, some as young as six are sent as slaves to make amends for wrongs committed by their families.
Tanzania was one of the first sub-Saharan African nations to embrace family planning as a national development priority.
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Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans to ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey on 22 June 2012, in Istanbul.
Abortion appears to be illegal and clandestine in large parts of the Muslim world. Yet, women continue to challenge the status quo and archaic laws through their daily practices and activism.
The British government is consulting on changes to the Gender Recognition Act, including whether to allow gender self-identification.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg paying a courtesy call on Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., in June 1993, before her confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court.
Before she became a Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work as an attorney in the 1970s fundamentally changed the court’s approach to women's rights and how we think about women – and men.
Living as a woman in North Korea can be psychologically and physically gruelling.
A woman in Saudi Arabia drives to work for the first time in Riyadh.
AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty
Saudi Arabia has arrested a number of feminists, while bringing in reforms for women. An expert argues why this goes to show that the kingdom remains adamant on not opening space for more voices.
An abortion rights advocate after Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion, 38-31.
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Argentina's Senate voted down an abortion bill 38-31 after a 16-hour debate. The Catholic Church thanked senators for defending 'life,' but ever more Catholics here insist on women's right to choose.
A female farmer in Zambia tends to her crops.
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Civil society organisations in Zambia help women get access to land.
The UN committee issued over 90 recommendations for improvement, demonstrating that negative aspects far outweigh progress on women’s rights.
A UN committee has identified numerous ways in which Australia is falling short on the rights of women and children – it must now take the committee's recommendations seriously.
Health workers and patients protesting at the Hospital Dr. Jose Maria Vargas in Caracas, Venezuela.
The impact of Venezuela's medical crisis is not gender-neutral.
Ready to roll.
An economy and society like Saudi Arabia's cannot survive the modern world without giving in to change.
AmaXhosa women want to play a bigger role in cultural rituals.
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Women don't want to be reduced to ceremonial roles; they believe they can add value in making decisions.
In a historic move, the national parliament has legalised procedures up to 14 weeks.
Evangelical Christian educator, Paige Patterson.
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With controversial Christian educators like Paige Patterson who believe that the Bible teaches women to submit to men, it matters to know today that evangelicals encouraged women's education in the past.
A lawyer reports from Ireland days ahead of this vital vote.
Strong enough to do the job.
The 10,300 women serving in fire departments across the US face ill-fitting gear, hostility and sexism. But in the end, they say, people "don't care you're a woman when their house is on fire.'
Gender equality is slowly growing in Morocco - but not when it comes to inheritance law.
Conservative segments of Moroccan society, have blocked women from inheriting.
Some 200,000 Argentinean women marched on March 8 for International Women’s Day. Many proclaimed their support for legalizing abortion.
AP Photo/Tomas F. Cuesta
A new bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina has spurred surprise debate on the gender pay gap, parental leave and political representation. Will Argentinean women finally get their due?
Nellie McClung, a prominent Canadian suffragist in the early 1900s, is now being maligned for her racism and support of eugenics. Should the deep flaws of some suffragists from 100 years ago mean Canadian historians must pay them short shrift?
Canada is strangely muted in celebrating women's suffrage. That's because the politics of remembrance has become a contemporary minefield.