The “abortion pill” mifepristone.
With healthcare facilities burned by the Covid-19 pandemic, some countries have eased access to the "abortion pills" mifepristone and misoprostol (RU-486), a change that could signal a long-term shift.
The operating room at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 4, 2019. Texas says abortions are nonessential during coronavirus.
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Seven states are moving to ban abortions, along with other 'elective' medical services, during the coronavirus crisis. But delaying or denying abortions can do serious health and financial harm.
Women in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood are protesting a new Indian citizenship law that they say will discriminate against Muslims, women – and, particularly, Muslim women.
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A round-the-clock strike of Muslim women in a working-class neighborhood of Delhi is India's most enduring pocket of resistance to religious discrimination, inequality and gender violence.
In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women.
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In countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain, it's now official policy that women should go to college and work outside the home. But cultural pressure to marry and have kids remains strong.
A demonstrator protesting a disputed election wearing a headband in support of the Green Movement, Tehran, June 15, 2009.
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The conflict between Iran and the US has gone on for decades. A scholar of social movements in Iran asks why the US has consistently failed to support that country's activist reform movements.
When you play 'devil's advocate', you minimise the problem.
A suffrage parade.
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In 1911, lesbians led the nation’s largest feminist organization. They promoted a diverse and inclusive women’s rights movement.
Women have been at the forefront of Lebanon’s anti-government protests.
A power-sharing agreement that shares power between Lebanon's different sectarian communities is no longer fit for purpose.
Campaigners mark the occasion outside Stormont.
Westminster has pushed Northern Ireland to fall into line with the rest of the UK when it comes to women's reproductive rights and marriage for same-sex couples.
Chances are she could be fired for ‘moral turpitude.’
What it means to be a good teacher has changed over time, along with prevailing views on what constitutes appropriate behavior.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces at al-Omar oil field in Deir Al Zor, Syria, at the announcement that they had ended the Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria, March 23, 2019.
Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan's relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.
The sequel to Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic provides an apt moment to consider attacks on women's rights across the world.
Legislation in Victoria would allow people to change the sex on their birth certificates with just a declaration, not sex reassignment surgery.
The Victorian parliament should delay its vote on the birth certificate reform bill to allow more consultation with women's groups and to assess the potential impact on single-sex spaces.
This now iconic picture shows representatives Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They react at a press conference after Trump’s xenophobic remarks.
In the US, women politicians from minority communities have become the leading faces of a new generation of politicians – one that will drive the 2020 elections.
With 1,812 women killed this year already, Mexico is Latin America’s second-deadliest place for women after Brazil.
Women in Mexico are lashing out against rampant sexual violence, police abuse and policies that hurt working mothers.
Shulamith Firestone interviewed in 1969.
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Second-wave feminist Shulamith Firestone was mocked when she published a 1970 manifesto advocating artifical wombs, but her arguments about the exploitation of reproductive labour remain timely.
Dalia Yashar, one of the first Saudi female students in training to become commercial pilot, pictured on July 15, 2018. Her future passengers will include solo women travelers, too.
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Saudi women may now travel without a man's permission, easing one of the most repressive aspects of the country's 'guardianship' system. Women in Saudi Arabia gained the right to drive last year.
Violence against women is often represented as a timeless and universal phenomenon, creating the view the problem is too large to fix, or that only the worst abuses are worthy of attention.
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History shows that domestic violence has been deeply entrenched in the culture of Australia from its early days. Progress is only made by understanding this history – and talking about it.
In February, thousands of women marched in Mexico City to demand that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador do more to keep women safe. The protest sign featured here reads, ‘Don’t be indifferent.’
Mexico is the second most dangerous country for women in Latin America. Yet the new government is slashing funding for programs meant to protect and empower women.
Women have played important political, social and economic roles throughout Sudan’s history.
Ensuring meaningful participation of women in the transitional government can be a first step toward achieving gender equality in a future Sudan.