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A Turkish woman was murdered because she resisted rape. How did the goverment react? Read more for women’s news that made it to the headlines in the last few days.

Turks Protest over Murder of Woman Who Resisted Rape

The Turkish prime minister has condemned the violent murder of a student who resisted sexual assault. For thousands of enraged demonstrators, the crime highlights Turkey’s problem with violence against women. Read more here


El Salvador: Miscarriages of Justice

El Salvador has some of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world. Even women and girls who have been raped are not permitted to terminate a pregnancy. Those who suffer a miscarriage are under automatic suspicion. Read more here.


Indonesia Lawmakers Drop Plan for Schoolgirl Virginity Tests after Uproar

Indonesian officials have dropped a plan to require female students to pass virginity tests in order to graduate from high school and apologised after sparking a public outcry, human rights campaigners said. Read more here


How a Young Albino Woman in Kenya Is Being Persecuted Because She Looks Different

In Africa, more than 130 people with albinism have been persecuted and some were even murdered as part of brutal rituals. Gönna Ketels went to Kenya to meet Leonidah, a 24-year-old woman who was born with albinism and who has struggled to gain acceptance because of the way she looks. In an interview, Gönna talks about the impact the beauty perception in Kenya has had on Leonidah’s life. Read more here.


The Women Suffering for Your Valentine’s Day Flowers

Behind the millions of imported flowers we buy every year is a mostly female workforce subjected to low pay and poor conditions. Read more here


How Much Do Women Around the World Pay to Give Birth?

Money should be the least of your concerns when you are in labor. But when I was about to push my baby out I noticed that the epidural was running low, and before asking my doctor to top it up I thought to myself: “Would that be another $500?” Read more here.


Walton Sextuplets – I thought, hurrah – it’s twins!

Thirty years ago, Janet Walton made history when she gave birth to six baby girls – the first female sextuplets to survive. She tells Joanna Moorhead what it was like… once she and her husband had got over the shock. Read more here.


Their Arranged Marriage Blossomed into True Love

My parents, Shanthi and C. S. Seshadri, met only twice before their wedding 30 years ago in southern India. “Met” is a stretch. My father was 32. My mother was 21 and had no say in the pairing. It was a shock to her when the man who came to see her was my father. She didn’t understand why her brothers and her father would set her up with a man 11 years older, from a family that was so different from hers. Read more here.



20.02.2015 | 14:43