Women in the News
Turkish authorities arrested a 28-year-old woman who killed her husband with his handgun. She insisted that she was defending her “honor.” Her husband had allegedly beaten, drugged and abused her. Read more here, and other news about women that made it to the headlines.
Domestic violence in Turkey reaches boiling point
A series of violent attacks against women in Turkey has put the entire country on edge – with little hope for change. Could one woman’s act of defiance begin to challenge an established culture of patriarchy? Read more here.
How Islamists attract young German women
Extremists have become adroit at using the Internet to spread propaganda. It’s also where the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” attracts not just prospective new fighters, but also young wives and mothers from Europe. Read more here.
Afghan court reverses death sentence in mob lynching of woman
A court in Afghanistan has reversed the death sentences of four people who were convicted of participating in a mob that killed a Kabul woman. Farkhunda Malikzada was brutally beaten and killed by a mob in March. Read more here.
Single mothers in India not compelled to disclose father’s identity: Supreme Court
India’s topmost court has ruled that an unwed mother can be the sole legal guardian of her child and refuse to divulge the identity of the child’s father. The landmark ruling was welcomed by women’s rights activists. Read more here.
Pope praises women of Paraguay during visit
Pope Francis has arrived in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion for the last leg of his South America trip, which took him to Bolivia and Ecuador. The pontiff hailed women on the first day of his visit. Read more here.
What holds you back? What keeps you going?
Online activist Irene is fighting against government control online. In our Q&A she tells us what she does when she gets some down time. Read more here.
Abortion pills delivered by drones
A Dutch non profit campaign group, “Women on Waves” has used drones to deliver abortion pills to two women in Poland who have no access to such pills under Poland’s restrictive abortion laws. Rebecca Gomperts is Women on Waves’ director and campaigns for women’s rights and she was at the launch site in Germany, near the Polish border. Read more here.
Woman who was face of Live Aid laments price of fame 30 years on
Footage of Birhan Woldu as a starving child was seen around the world and after recovering she joined Sir Bob Geldof on stage at Live 8 concert. Read more here from the Guardian.
The women breaking Germany’s glass ceiling
The number of women occupying top corporate roles in Germany has doubled since 2006. Despite that, women still only make up around 18 percent of management boards. Christine Wolff is one woman who’s managed to break through the glass ceiling. Read more here.
Date13.07.2015 | 15:17
TagsAfghanistan, Farkhunda Malikzada, Islamic State, Pope Francis, single mother, Turkey, women's rights, women's rights activist