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Activists protest against gender violence outside Mexico’s General Prosecutor’s office in Mexico City on July 11, 2017. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Women and the city: reclaiming the streets to impose equal rights

Urban planning is not gender neutral. Women deserve to live in cities that treat them equally, respond to their needs and reduce opportunities of violence.
Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, burial place of the founder of the Bahá’í faith, near Acre, Israel. Bahá’í World News Service © Bahá'í International Community

Who are the Baha'is and why are they so persecuted?

The Baha'i faith originated in Iran and today has 100,000 communities across the globe, including the United States. Here is their history.
Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer says the bank’s move towards gender equality in management positions is a “signpost that our nation is making progress”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Did Westpac just mansplain gender diversity to its competitors?

Westpac’s focus on the bottom line benefits of gender diversity overlook the fact that equality is a political imperative, not a corporate one.
Australia’s campaign for a seat on the Human Rights Council opened it to further scrutiny of its record on such issues. Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Australia’s Human Rights Council election comes with a challenge to improve its domestic record

Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights? Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are illicit. In Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is totally illegal, the bans correlate with a generalized failure of the rule of law.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood. shutterstock

New research pokes holes in the idea that men don’t look after their kids

About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
Disney’s retrograde princesses have seen some improvements in recent years, but they still send mixed messages about what female leadership looks like. JLinsky/flickr

Teaching little girls to lead

Princesses are not great role models if we want to raise empowered daughters.
Muslim women pray behind men at mass prayers to celebrate Eid al-Adha in Birmingham. Joe Giddens/PA Archive

Britain’s ‘missing’ Muslim women

A new report on missing Muslims under-emphasises women’s growing participation in civil society.
In 2014 and 2015, about 35 per cent of aid committed by OECD donors addressed gender in some way. (Shutterstock)

How to spend foreign aid like a feminist

Canada is making a major commitment to foreign aid that will help girls and women. But will its new aid policy have the unintended consequence of shutting doors to other much-needed aid?

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