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Will Australia receive a red card for gender equity at the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

The Qatar World Cup has attracted criticism of the country’s human rights. With Australia set to host the women’s world cup next year, there’s some work we need to do in this area, too.
The Fifa 2022 world cup in Qatar has been controversial from day one. Hasan Zaidi | Alamy

The Qatar World Cup is beaming misogyny around the world

Qatari law underpins a patriarchal and misogynistic system. The discrimination women, including female football fans, face contravenes international human rights.
A placard with a picture of Mahsa Amini, whose death while being detained by Iran’s morality police has ignited a wave of protests across the country. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The protests in Iran are part of a long history of women’s resistance

Iranian women have a long history of campaigning for their rights. The latest protests bring together a host of religious and gender groups suppressed by the country’s clerical regime.
In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, photo obtained by The Associated Press, a police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of a young woman who had been detained for violating the country’s conservative dress code in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo)

Iran on fire: Once again, women are on the vanguard of transformative change

Women have long demanded change in Iran. In the aftermath of the death of a woman for a hijab violation, women protesters may be leading their country to a freer and more just society.
The ‘othering’ of women through misogyny, racism and sexism in scholarship has had, and continues to have, serious consequences on women’s lives. (Shutterstock)

Why women’s studies programs in Canada are more important than ever

Women’s studies programs should continue to be supported to ensure the fight for women’s rights are not reversed or forgotten.
President of the Married Women’s Association Edith Summerskill MP (left) and three other MPs deliver a petition supporting equal pay for women to the House of Commons in March 1954. Dave Bagnall Collection | Alamy

The untold story of a mid-20th century group of women fighting for equality in marriage – and why it matters today

These pioneering women were opposed in their day and have long been ignored by history. UK Family law, however, still attests to the influence they wrought.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as a woman enters the government passport office, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Taliban shifts tactics in its determination to control and oppress women

Research into 70 new Taliban policies to control women and girls shows the extremist, misogynistic group might be using different tactics, but it still poses grave dangers to Afghan society.

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