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Women in Bolivia are at higher risk to become victim to violence than elsewhere in Latin America. Read more about what the government has done to protect women and find out which other themes made it to the headlines.

Combating violence against women

Data indicates that women in Bolivia are at higher risk to become victims to violence than elsewhere in Latin American and Caribbean. Now, the Bolivian government is implementing reforms under a new law designed to protect women, prevent violence and punish attackers. The report was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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The Indian women who keep silent about sexual violence
Murshidabad in rural West Bengal is in many ways a typical rural Indian district: a dusty, remote place dotted with villages that have little access to healthcare or infrastructure.

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Merkel urges Tokyo to confront Japan’s WWII sex slavery crimes

The German chancellor has called on Tokyo authorities to resolve the issue of “comfort women” in World War II. On the last day of her official visit, Merkel also met with female representatives from the private sector.

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Hopi women fight domestic violence

According to the World Health Organization, one in three women is assaulted in her lifetime. For Native American women, that number is almost twice as high. Advocates say many tribes are seeing a “domestic violence epidemic”. Now, after years of secrecy the Hopi tribe in Northern Arizona is trying to reverse the trend.

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Death sentences for murderers of albino woman in Tanzania

A court in Tanzania has sentenced four people to death for murdering an albino woman to use her limbs for rituals. The verdict comes amid a wave of killings of albinos and despite a moratorium on capital punishment.

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Beyonce, Lady Gaga call on Merkel to tackle female poverty

Beyonce and Lady Gaga were among 36 prominent women to call on Chancellor Angela Merkel to address female poverty. The move, made on International Women’s Day, follows a study into disadvantaged women.

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Afghan Men March Through Kabul Streets Wearing Burqas To Campaign For Women’s Rights

The hardline Taliban forced women to wear burkas in public during their rule in the 1990s and concern is growing in Afghanistan and among its allies that gains for women made since the 2001 US-led ousting of the Taliban are at risk.

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Viewpoint: What if women ruled the world?
Not so long ago, the idea that women might rule the world seemed slightly ridiculous – like something out of science fiction. But in an essay to mark International Women’s Day, political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers argues it’s now a topic that can be seriously discussed.

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The Veil Series: a celebration of Muslim women’s hijabs – in pictures

The Veil Series is a captivating body of work by photographic artist Sara Shamsavari, celebrating the way young Muslim women in London, Paris and New York express their individuality through vibrant hijab styles. The exhibition is part of the Women of the World Festival at London’s Royal Festival Hall until 29 March.

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11.03.2015 | 9:22