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France Is in Denial About Domestic Violence

Deeply held beliefs around France being the birthplace of “courtly love” and a cradle of seduction may be holding the nation back from more aggressively pursuing issues around gender violence, advocates say.

This woman is fighting to save Bangladesh’s oldest brothel

The light was still dim when Monowara Begum (pictured) shuffled into her sandals and began her morning patrol. With a slight wheeze, the 44-year-old paced the alleyways, scowling behind gold-rimmed glasses as she listened for…

Anti-human trafficking apps were meant to save lives. They’re failing

Kelvin Lim began working to raise awareness about human trafficking in 2009. He used music and organised events at schools and universities across Malaysia, sometimes accompanied by his band. Then, one day in 2016, a…

Sex Criminals Use Bitcoin. So Do the Police.

Cryptocurrencies offer vast potential for catching sexual predators—but it remains mostly untapped.

‘I Want To Go Home’: Pandemic Exposes Exploitive Conditions Filipina Domestic Workers Face

Filipina women interviewed across Asia, Europe and the Middle East lost jobs or had salaries cut since the pandemic — others were subjected to physical abuse.

Threat of Deportation Looms for Migrant Women Detained in Italy, Despite Rights to Legal Protection

Undocumented migrant women are cut off from critical support services inside Italy’s immigration detention center during the pandemic and are being deported despite their legal right to protection as a result.

Poland’s Abortion Rights Protests Lead to a Louder Call for Gender Equity

Women across Poland have been at the heart of a protest movement railing against a ruling that would ban most abortions — the country’s largest protests since the end of Communism 30 years ago. Now…

Could Reparations From the UK Address Gender Inequality in Barbados? The Prime Minister Thinks So.

As Covid-19 worsens the gender inequity in the Caribbean, the Barbadian prime minister is calling on the UK to pay up.

‘I’m scared every damn day’: In the Philippines, violence shadows trans lives

There is still no law against discrimination on the basis of gender in the Philippines, and, as a result, transgender people are subject to regular violence and abuse.

Pandemic crushes global supply chains, workers at both ends

The lives—and livelihoods—of two women some 10,000 miles away from each other have become linked by a global pandemic that has not only crushed one of the world’s supply chains but economies, and millions of…

In a changed mindset, new Zimbabwe law offers pregnant teens the promise of education

Teen pregnancy in Zimbabwe has skyrocketed during the pandemic. But a new law — and a change in mindset — promise to keep girls in school.

As India’s Credit Sector Falters, So Do Women’s Livelihoods

India’s microfinance sector promises to empower income-insecure women. But it is widening the gap between men and women’s access to opportunity.

‘Men’s Violence Will Outlive The Coronavirus’ — Push To End Global Spike In Abuse Against Women Amid the Pandemic

With half of the world’s population living under lockdown, millions of women around the world were trapped with an abusive partner.

The Feminine Appeal of Macho Populism

While President Donald Trump’s defeat may have dealt a blow to his brand of “macho populism,” the phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon. And in many cases, it’s women themselves who are fueling it.

‘We know it’s the work of quack doctors’: Pandemic fans the flames of backstreet abortions in Kenya

Anecdotal reports suggest teenage pregnancies are soaring in Kenya, resulting in unsafe late-term terminations and abandoned babies.

Targeted for abuse: With borders closed, women fleeing Venezuela face additional threats

Colombia’s border closure due to COVID-19 left no safe way for Venezuelan migrants to cross the border, exposing more women to sexual abuse, kidnapping, trafficking and murder that is endemic along informal routes.

COVID-19 has stopped everything except cancer — the cells are still growing

Globally, millions of women have missed breast cancer screening appointments because of paused services during the height of the pandemic in March and April. This means thousands of cancer cases could lie undetected.

Women Were Key to Eradicating Wild Polio in Africa. But Can They Do the Same for COVID?

How do governments and the wider medical community successfully immunise the entire world against COVID-19? The answer might just lie with women, who played an enormous role in eradicating wild polio across Africa.
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