Rights / Gender
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 prohibition will generate more new opportunities for women in the Kingdom. more
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.

‘Spotlight Initiative’ can make violence against women a thing of the past, says UN deputy chief

New York: The launch of a new partnership between the United Nations and European Union, is an essential tool to make violence against women and girls “a thing of the past”, s ...

Children ‘as young as one’ involved in US separation of migrant families – UN rights office

New York: The current policy in the United States of separating “extremely young children” from their asylum-seeker or migrant parents along the country’s southern borde ...

Denmark says no to burqa and niqab in public spaces

Copenhagen: Denmark has become the latest European nation to pass a law that effectively bans certain face coverings, including the burqa and niqab, from August 1, reports said on Thursda ...

Abortion: Savita Halappanavar, the Indian who forced a rule change in Ireland

Dublin: A majority of Irish women are overjoyed after the country made abortion legal in Ireland, abolishing the age-old Eighth Amendment.

Irish abortion referendum: Over 70 percent wants repeal

Dublin: Exit polls in the recent Ireland polls over abortion have suggested that the majority of the population have voted for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.