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Iran’s New—Even Worse—Hijab Era Has Begun

On the eve of parliamentary elections, nationwide protests have ended—and a misogynist backlash is just beginning.

 Reporter’s Notebook: From bombings to blackouts — why the story of Gaza’s war widows was a reporting challenge like no other

Our reporters talk about the unique challenges they faced to tell the stories of Gaza’s war widows.

‘A wake-up call’: After alleged metaverse rape, calls to protect women and girls grow 

Sexual assault and harassment are largely unregulated in virtual reality, despite rising reports of psychological harm caused by rape in the metaverse.

For the first time in decades, there are no women on China’s top leadership team

Dr. Leta Hong Fincher, speaks on the lack of women leaders in China’s President Xi Jinping's Politburo.

‘We have no hope’: What Pakistan’s expulsion of Afghan refugees means for women

With nearly 400,000 Afghans forced to leave Pakistan in recent months, women and girls who return to their homeland face serious threat.

Gaza’s Widows Are Fighting for Their Families’ Lives

Women in Gaza ‘have to find ways to survive’ as the humanitarian crisis grows.

5 Ways Women Made a Difference in 2023

Amid rising conflict, these people and organizations fought for peace and justice.

The Middle East Has a ‘Sextortion’ Problem

The region’s social stigmas are deterring women from reporting online sexual abuse.

India has made remarkable progress cutting maternal deaths. Could climate change pose a threat?

Severe seasonal water shortages are forcing hospitals in India to close their doors to women in labor, raising fears that maternal health gains could be threatened.

Ukraine’s domestic violence survivors are battling for justice

A year after she first reported on rising domestic violence in Ukraine, reporter Jessie Williams finds a worsening situation.

COP28: How climate change hits women and the world of work

With scientists declaring 2023 likely to be the hottest year ever recorded, discussions at this year’s COP28, the annual U.N. climate summit, have never felt more urgent.  As diplomats and leaders gather in Dubai from Thursday, one…

African fashion is booming. It could create millions of jobs for women.

African fashion is booming as the continent’s middle class expands. It could create millions of jobs for women.

Women workers at high risk from automation

In Kenya’s tea plantations, labor activists say thirty thousand women have lost their jobs as a result of automation — they represent a broader global trend, with experts saying women are more likely than men…

The women workers who are subsidizing global public health

Millions of community health workers, like the famous ASHA workers of India, form the cost-effective backbone of rural health programs around the world but are often unpaid — meaning millions of unpaid or underpaid women…

Reporter’s Notebook: As suicides rise in Afghanistan, getting people to open up under the Taliban poses enormous challenges

News stories about Afghan women dying by suicide made Zahra Nader want to dig deeper. Getting people to open up took months.

Afghan women take their own lives as despair grows under Taliban rule

An investigation into rising female suicides in Afghanistan as the Taliban erodes women’s rights.

As heat waves intensify, evidence that older women are hit hardest is growing. Now some are fighting back.

As evidence grows that heat waves hit older women hardest, a group of Swiss women are taking their government to court over climate inaction.

Soccer’s fight for workers’ rights

Women soccer stars are seeing some success in their push for equal pay. The same isn’t true for the women in FIFA’s supply chain.
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