Rights / Gender
Women
Karachi: In perhaps one of the first of its kinds incident in Muslim-majority Pakistan, a woman employee of a Karachi City-based software company was asked to stop wearing hijab at her workplace or resign from her job. more
Saudi Arabia appoints woman to run bank

Riyadh: In a first for Saudi Arabia, the country has appointed a woman to run a bank.

Deputy UN chief hails ‘political courage’ of Latin American countries ‘to confront and end femicide’

New York,  A 50 million euro investment aimed at helping to end the scourge of femicide – where women and girls are killed just because of their gender – was announced at ...

Women need to speak up for sexual harassment to stop: Michal Aviad

Israeli film director Michal Aviad has been wowing crowds and critics alike with her latest offering, Working Woman. The film deals with sexual harassment at workplace, a prevalent proble ...

Vulnerable children face ‘dire and dangerous’ situation on Greek island reception centres, UNICEF warns

New York,  Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United N ...

Somalia has ‘once in a generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief

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 i ...

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 ...