Tag: Women’s Rights

Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

RABAT, Morocco — This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference. Instead, Hajar Raissouni and […]

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‘It’s About Time!’ Betye Saar’s Long Climb to the Summit

LOS ANGELES — I ask the artist Betye Saar, who is 93 and set to open concurrent solo shows this fall at two major museums — the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art — if she has any theories as to why big-ticket attention is finally […]

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The Gillibrand Test Case for Women in Politics

We just need more women. Through Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina and Michele Bachmann, that’s the argument that strategists, political scientists and pollsters focusing on female candidates make about the race for the White House. More women means less attention on pantsuits and more on political strategy. More women means a candidate is […]

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Was a Six-Woman Field Too Big for a Feminist Message?

We just need more women. Through Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina and Michele Bachmann, that’s the argument that strategists, political scientists and pollsters focusing on female candidates make about the race for the White House. More women means less attention on pantsuits and more on political strategy. More women means a candidate is […]

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How Two Sisters Pulled Off a Daring Escape From Saudi Arabia

ISTANBUL — Dua and Dalal AlShowaiki spent five years planning their escape from Saudi Arabia. In early June, they finally had their chance during a family vacation in Istanbul. When their father walked into the hotel bathroom, asking his second wife to watch the young women, Dua told her younger sister to get her shoes […]

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Pharrell, Adidas Champion Female Empowerment With ‘Now Is Her Time’ Collection

Photo: Collier Schorr (Adidas) Ageless wonder Pharrell Williams and Adidas are joining forces to spread the gospel of female empowerment with “Now Is Her Time,” a new campaign celebrating the fearless women who are revolutionizing our world. In championing women’s rights, the campaign highlights an assortment of artists and activists “rooted in gender, sexuality, sexual […]

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In South Africa, a Call to Punish Rapists

In 2007, Thalitha Mukansi moved to Diepsloot, an informal township on the northern fringes of Johannesburg. She was a social worker who settled in the region because it was what she could afford, and she liked working with, and helping, victims of assault. But outside Ms. Mukansi’s window, assaults and rapes were common — sometimes […]

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Live in This Perfect Place?

ImageHOWL in Huntington, Vt., was once a residential community for lesbians, born out of the womyn’s land movement of the 1960s and ’70s. Now it’s more of a rural retreat.CreditLibby March for The New York Times The Huntington Open Women’s Land is about a half-hour drive from Waterbury, Vt., the home of Ben & Jerry’s […]

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It Took a Protest at the Husband’s House to Get a Jewish Woman Her Divorce

Divorce is a painful process, but for Orthodox Jewish couples, it’s also complicated: After they get a civil divorce, they have to go through the Jewish court system to obtain a “get,” an official document given by the husband to the wife. If a husband refuses to give the get, then his wife can’t remarry. […]

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Salvadoran Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Salvador Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women’s Rights

WASHINGTON — Roya Rahmani is neither royalty nor from a powerful family, so she was initially surprised when she was appointed as the first woman to be Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States. Now she understands why: to signal Kabul’s commitment to women’s rights as the Trump administration pushes for a peace deal with the […]

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Cyntoia Brown Is Finally Free

Screenshot: NewsChannel 5 After serving 15 years behind bars, Cyntoia Brown is finally free. CNN reports that Brown, who has spent almost half of her life incarcerated, was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women on Wednesday, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. In January, then-Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency as one of his […]

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Saudi Arabia Chips Away at Oppressive System by Granting Women Travel Rights

BEIRUT, Lebanon — On the surface, the new regulations Saudi Arabia announced early Friday did not seem like much. In dense, bureaucratic language, they granted all Saudis over the age of 21 the right to handle family matters and their own affairs, while officials said that all adults could obtain passports and travel on their […]

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Having Accused a Politician of Rape, She Feared for Her Life. Now, She’s Fighting for It.

NEW DELHI — Many times over the past year, a young woman from northern India who had accused a powerful politician of rape warned the authorities that her life was in danger. If you want to live, she was told by the politician’s friends, you better drop the charges. She had reason to be afraid. […]

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For This Feminist Collective in Puerto Rico, the Mass Protests Were a Long Time Coming

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). After more than a week of mass protests in […]

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