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The world cupped: The inside story of the bra

Simone Perele lingerie company head of technical development, Anne-Marie Afflard, poses during a photo session at the Simone Perele headquarters in Clichy, outside Paris, on December 20, 2018.

It rarely sees the light of day but the upscale bra is the most tested, sweated over and highly engineered piece of clothing of all.

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22.01.2019 | 15:19

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Morocco group empowers women to fight partner abuse and rape

Victims of domestic violence are often unaware of resources available to them and are too afraid to ask. In Morocco, a new initiative aims to change that by helping women take legal action against their violent husbands.

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22.01.2019 | 13:27

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In God’s name: Indian girls forced into sex work despite ritual ban

Shobha Somappa Tarvgol, 18, sits in her one-roomed home in Modhur, India. Shobha became a Devadasi sex worker because there are no men in her family and she had little other means of supporting her sister, sick mother and grandmother.

Young girls in south India continue to be “dedicated” to village temples and then forced into prostitution despite laws banning the ancient ritual, researchers said.

The devadasi system, which involves putting a beaded necklace around girls and often leads to a life of sex work and slavery, goes unchecked in Karnataka state, according to two reports released this month.

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22.01.2019 | 13:08

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Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition

A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female Songdhammakalyani monastery outside Bangkok.

Last month, Boodsabann Chanthawong (below) joined a growing number of women defying generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at an unrecognised all-female monastery outside Bangkok.

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21.01.2019 | 14:23

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A good yarn: Russia’s Insta-grannies take knitting skills online

Elderly women across Russia are often seen selling their hand-knitted wares on pavement corners for a few rubles to supplement meagre pensions.

Now a new Instagram project aims to change the public perception of their homely skills by promoting “granny chic” and help the women sell their knitted mittens, socks and other items online.

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17.01.2019 | 12:37

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‘Not your habibti’: Palestinian designer seeks to empower women

Palestinian fashion designer Yasmeen Mjalli speaks while standing in her clothing shop where her label collection “BabyFist” carrying anti-sexual harassment slogans is showcased, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on December 19, 2018.

It’s only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli’s collection, but they carry a powerful message: “Not your habibti”, or darling.

She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public.

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15.01.2019 | 13:30

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Soaring sexual violence pushes Sierra Leone to face ‘rape culture’

“Mary” was nine years old when her childhood abruptly ended. Three men fed her sedatives then raped her. Her mother, who had been washing clothes in a stream near their home in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, got home to find her child lying on the ground distraught, her legs and dress stained with blood.

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14.01.2019 | 14:35

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