Tag: Women’s Rights
BBC ‘breaking law’ with unequal pay for women
Is Iceland right about women? The country has introduced a groundbreaking law to tackle unequal pay between genders. Meanwhile, a BBC employee has quit her job in fury over this very issue…
Woman jailed in Iran for watching volleyball
A British-Iranian student faces a lengthy prison sentence in Iran, simply for trying to attend a volleyball match. Could her case lead to greater freedoms in the largely conservative country?
Tech giants offer to freeze eggs of female staff
Apple and Facebook will now pay for female employees to have their eggs frozen. The idea is to give them more choice about when to start a family. But is this liberating or just intrusive?
Trapped Saudi princesses plead for help
Two daughters of King Abdullah claim they have been held captive for over a decade. Saudi Arabia is well known for its poor human rights record, but are Western countries partly to blame?
Women defy Islamists to serve in Afghan army
The Afghan National Army Officer Academy is to begin training its first female recruits. Can women soldiers play a role in bringing gender equality to the troubled country?
Thousands join Valentine’s Day anti-abuse protest
Today, as much of the world celebrates romantic love, there will be organised protests against abuse of women and girls. Why is being a woman still so dangerous for so many?
Malala pledges ‘second life’ to education for all
On October 9th, assassins boarded a Pakistani school bus and shot 15-year-old Malala in the head for defending education. Somehow she survived – and has now sworn to continue her struggle.
THE BIG QUESTION: How old should a mother be?
The maximum age for British women to get fertility treatment on the NHS is going up, from 39 to 42. And new technology might one day allow women to have babies at any age.
Child bride annuls marriage in landmark case
Laxmi Sargara was just one year old at her wedding. Now, in a historic first, she has annulled the marriage – but her story echoes the plight of millions of girls around the world.
Three women win the world’s top prize for peace
One of this year's best-kept secrets came out this weekend – the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. There were two surprises: not only were there three winners; they were all women.
Huge step for women’s rights as Saudi allows votes
The world's last bastion of exclusive male power is set to fall with yesterday's announcement that Saudi Arabian women will be allowed to stand and vote in future elections.