Rights / Gender
New York, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. more
Supreme Court warns against equating Female Genital Mutilation with circumcision, Dawoodi Bohra community justifies practice

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has warned against equating male circumcision with female genital mutilation (FGM), after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi told a bench of Chief ...

UN calls on Saudi Arabia to release jailed human rights defenders, including women activists

New York: Concerned over the continuing arrests and “apparently arbitrary detentions” of human rights defenders – including campaigners who lobbied for an end to the ban ...

Dutch Parliament imposes partial ban on burqa

Amsterdam: The Dutch parliament on Tuesday passed a law that imposed a partial ban on the wearing of the Islamic clothing-the burqa and the niqab-in public transports, schools, hospitals ...

Outrage and dismissal follow "perception-driven" Reuters Foundation report ranking India as most unsafe for women

New Delhi: Outrage and distrust followed a report by Thomson Reuters Foundation which in a survey- admittedly based on perception and not scientific data- ranked India as the worst place ...

As Saudi women take the wheel, UN chief hopes end of driving ban creates more opportunities for kingdom’s women and girls

New York: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the lifting on Sunday of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia and expressed his hope that ending the p ...

Saudi Arabia's driving ban lifted, women drive on streets

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia witnessed a history on Sunday when women in the nation were allowed to drive, ending an age-old driving ban on the eves.

Stigmatized, shunned and shamed, International Widows’ Day draws attention to their unique needs

New York: The loss of a spouse or partner is often devastating, but for many women it is magnified by a “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights and dignity, accordi ...

Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

New York: Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.

#MeToo wave hits Australia, country to launch nationwide probe on workplace harassment

Canberra: The #MeToo movement, which has been successful in galvanising countries across the globe for months now, has finally reached Australian shores.