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The Islamist militia Boko Haram has been launching attacks throughout the country, and the government and military have not been able to stop them so far. Read more on women’s news that have made it to the headlines.

Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military

What is there to say about rumors that parts of the military even support or cooperate with Boko Haram terrorists? Political scientist Garba Umar Kari talks to DW.

Assault on a seminary student

Police in Pakistan claim to have arrested four persons including head of a religious seminary for their involvement in assaulting a girl student. Read more in the Dawn.

Paedophile William Vahey

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the small world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off American expatriates and local elites. Read about William Vahey, a teacher who served in international schools in Jakarta and Venezuela, among others and victimized several children.

Myanmar’s ‘giraffe’ women

Deep in the forested hills of eastern Kayah state, the statuesque “long-necked” women of Burma’s Padaung tribe have worn coils of bronze around their necks for generations, a traditional sign of beauty now largely kept alive as an attraction for curious tourists. Read more in the Irish Examiner.

Liberty in labour

Mukhta Mollah deftly smooths the red fabric and guides it through a whirling sewing machine. She sews side seams on women’s blouses bound for America. Eight hours a day or longer in this hot and sweaty factory. Six days a week. Read more in the LA Times.

A helpless mother

Even at the age of 56, Kamala Kami works as a porter, and the load she carries is sometimes heavier than her emaciated body. Read her story in Myrepublica.


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