Tag: Women’s Rights

news analysis: ‘Women Here Are Very, Very Worried’

It was once a prominent and bipartisan cause: the liberation of Afghan women from the tyranny of the Taliban. These women were championed by an array of strange bedfellows: feminists like Eleanor Smeal, celebrities like Lily Tomlin and stalwarts of a conservative administration like Laura Bush and Dick Cheney. In the early days of the […]

Read More

The 52 Places Traveler: In Praise of Pioneer Women and Rocket Scientists

html.Hybrid article.article .interactive-embedded .interactive-headline { display: none; } html.Hybrid article.article .InteractiveBlock-interactiveContainer { width: 100%; max-width: none; } html.Hybrid article.article h3 strong em, .StoryBodyCompanionColumn h3 strong em { font: 400 17px/24px ‘nyt-cheltenham-small’, ‘Georgia’, serif; color: rgba(18,46,51,1); margin-bottom: 0; } html.Hybrid article.article h3 strong em:after, .StoryBodyCompanionColumn h3 strong em:after { content: “”; display: block; width: 100px; border-bottom: […]

Read More

A Sexism Storm Over Italy’s Courts, With Female Judges at Its Center

ROME — It was a demoralizing few days for women in Italian courts. A man who stabbed his wife to death was sentenced to a reduced term of 16 years in prison by a judge who cited the killer’s “anger and desperation, profound disappointment and resentment” over the victim’s relationship with another man. The judge’s […]

Read More

Her Crime? Defending Women’s Rights in Iran

In their perverse way, dictatorships know full well they’re doing wrong when they imprison dissidents. They betray this by the absurdity of the accusations they make against their critics, as if trying to conceal the real intent of their persecution. The result, of course, is the opposite — the silenced dissenter emerges as the righteous […]

Read More

Two Women, Heroes for Our Age

This is a dispiriting epoch of strongmen and bullies, yet side by side with the worst you find the best. So today let’s find inspiration in two heroes. They are women who bravely challenged misogyny and dictatorship, one in Iran, the other in Saudi Arabia. Those two nations may be enemies, but they find common […]

Read More

Iran Rights Lawyer Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison and 148 Lashes, Husband Says

Iran has faced international condemnation after one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers, detained for eight months, said she had been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, according to her husband. Security agents arrested the lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her home in June last year. The government […]

Read More

Carolee Schneemann, Visionary Feminist Performance Artist, Dies at 79

Carolee Schneemann, a prime mover of performance art, a feminist visionary and one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, died on Wednesday at her home in New Paltz, N.Y. She was 79. The cause was breast cancer, said Wendy Olsoff, co-founder of the gallery P.P.O.W., which, along with Galerie LeLong, represented […]

Read More

7 Times Women in Sports Fought for Equality

On Friday, all 28 players on the United States women’s soccer team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, an escalation in their increasingly public battle for equality. The players have said that they play more games than the men’s team — and win more of them — yet still receive […]

Read More

With Her First Fashion Campaign in 20 Years, Activist and Model Waris Dirie Continues to Fight Female Genital Mutilation

Author and former model Waris Dirie attends the premiere for ‘Flor del Desierto’ (Desert Flower) on March 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.Photo: Carlos Alvarez (Getty Images) She hasn’t been in front of the lens for 20 years, but Somali model Waris Dirie has once again taken her place at the center of a major fashion […]

Read More

in her words: This Is What a Feminist Country Looks Like

ImageCreditAlva Skog It’s International Women’s Day! You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “A feminist foreign policy is an analysis of the world.” — Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s foreign minister, who introduced a feminist foreign […]

Read More

Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away

In fact, more than 30 female leaders — past and present — recently warned in an open letter that progress was eroding, with Susana Malcorra, the former Argentine foreign minister, telling The Guardian that some countries led by “macho-type strongman” leaders are a factor. It was a reminder that global gender parity still remained out […]

Read More

I Am Not Untouchable. I Just Have My Period.

Forbidden from participating in daily life, Nepalese girls are speaking out against menstrual shaming.CreditCreditThe New York Times The first time I heard the word “chhaupadi,” I was standing on a rooftop in Surkhet, Nepal, in November 2017, surrounded by teenage girls. They were students at the Kopila Valley School, where my husband, Brian Lindstrom, and […]

Read More

Denmark’s ‘Pervasive Rape Culture’ Is Detailed in New Report

COPENHAGEN — Denmark, a country that regularly tops international indexes of gender equality and access to justice, is failing victims of rape, a new study shows. The country has a “pervasive ‘rape culture’ and endemic impunity for rapists,” according to an Amnesty International report to be released on Tuesday about the Nordic nation, which has […]

Read More

American Woman, Divorced From Saudi Husband, Is Trapped in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — At first, Saudi Arabia was an adventure for Bethany Vierra. An American from Washington State, she taught at a women’s university, started a company, married a Saudi businessman and gave birth to a curly-haired daughter, Zaina. But since the marriage went sour and she sought a divorce, she has been trapped. Because […]

Read More

Saudi Arabia Moves Toward Trials of Women’s Right Activists

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The office of Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said late Friday it had completed its investigation into a group of women’s rights activists, accused of working to “undermine the security” of the kingdom, and was preparing to put them on trial. Human rights groups have criticized the treatment of the activists, who were […]

Read More

in her words: Women’s History Myths, Debunked

CreditDominic Kesterton It’s Women’s History Month! You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “History isn’t what happened. It’s who tells the story.” — Sally Roesch Wagner, a women’s studies scholar and author In her […]

Read More

A Word With: America Ferrera on Why People Should See Themselves on TV

America Ferrera recently stepped out in a T-shirt that reads “Phenomenal Woman.” It’s a slogan in support of a feminist group, adapted from the Maya Angelou poem. But Ferrera could just as easily be stating a fact: She’s the first Latina to win an outstanding lead actress Emmy, for the comedy “Ugly Betty” in 2007. […]

Read More

700 Afghan Women Have a Message: Don’t Sell Us Out to the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — It was a rare sight, even after 18 years of progress in Afghanistan: more than 700 women from across the country, gathered to send an unequivocal message to the men now negotiating with the Taliban. We want peace, the women said, but not at the cost of our rights. The conference in […]

Read More