A US-based rights group said political prisoners were subject to rape and death threats and a majority had experienced acts of abuse and torture.
Many activists say Japan's criminal code is outdated, underscoring gender inequality in the country, despite relatively high rates of female education and workplace participation.
Kashmiri bodies have always been used as a battleground for Indian forces in the region and the latest move from India comes with the looming threat of further violations.
The continued imprisonment of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's vision for reform is about optics, not change.
Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most gender-segregated nations, ranks 138 of 144 states in the 2017 Global Gender Gap index, a gauge of how women fare in economic and political participation, health and education.
A string of killings across the Arab world should be bigger news and a sign that a lot more needs to be done to protect women who don't conform to narrow expectations.
Women have not caused anywhere near as much destruction and chaos as men in power have. Many women have, though, often defied the stereotypes associated with women leaders.
Projects cited in the manual include an action plan for five war-torn and post-conflict nations – Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and the Palestinian Territories – building in targets for women's rights and empowerment.
Campaign "#WomenForJustice" demands reproductive rights and a reform to the justice system for women who are victims of violence and murders in Peru.
Had the proposed measure been passed, it would have legalised a woman's right to seek an abortion in the 14th week of her pregnancy. The bill had narrowly passed in the lower house in July.
The lifting of the ban, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful young son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Women in Barcelona say they have been suffering from toxic masculinity for decades. In a series of portraits, we take a deeper look into their lives.
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