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Women's Rights

Gender rights activist Ye Haiyan freed then hounded by hostile crowd

A gender rights activist was released from detention in Guangxi yesterday morning only to be met by a protesting crowd and an eviction order. Ye Haiyan, the 38-year-old chairwoman of the China Grass-roots Women's Rights Centre was released at 7am after being detained since May 30.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hong Kong must unleash women's potential to drive progress

The Hong Kong government attaches great importance to promoting the well-being of women. The Women's Commission plays a high-level strategic role in advising the government on policies, legislation and services affecting women.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:48am

Women's control of their own wombs the first step to health

In development, there are lots of statistics. Every once in a while, a number jumps out at you because it expresses a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one that jumped out at me: 20 per cent. That's how much more likely it is that a child will survive when the family's budget is controlled by the mother.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Saudi woman reaches Mount Everest summit in historic climb

It is a first for the conservative Muslim kingdom where women’s sports are severely restricted, her proud father said.

19 May 2013 - 10:58am

Afghan policewomen suffer sexual abuse at work

Afghanistan’s policewomen suffer sexual assault by male colleagues, often inside police stations, a rights group said on Thursday, calling for women-only toilets and changing facilities to curb such abuse.

Addressing the concerns of policewomen is necessary to address the “rampant violence” against women in the wider society, said Human Rights Watch.

25 Apr 2013 - 8:55pm

Women tourists desert India after sex attacks

The number of foreign women tourists visiting India has dropped by 35 per cent in the past three months following a spate of sex attacks that have made global headlines, a new survey has found.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:39pm

China's empowered women deliver a slap in the face to gender equality

I'm dedicating this April Fool's Day column to women like Yu Ruiyu, a deputy to the National People's Congress, and Wang Wenya, a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The women of the world owe the likes of them a standing ovation for so thoroughly botching up this year's International Women's Day and for trampling on the efforts of generations of women in fighting gender bias.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala to pen life story

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, is to tell her life story in a book due out later this year, the publishers said on Thursday, in a deal reportedly worth around three million dollars.

The book will be entitled I Am Malala.

28 Mar 2013 - 9:38pm

Holding back women only hobbles progress

During my first week as the US secretary of state, I had the honour of meeting a group of courageous women from Burma. Two were former political prisoners, and although they had all endured incredible hardship in their lives, each of them was committed to moving forward - providing education and training to girls, finding jobs for the unemployed and advocating for greater participation in civil society. I have no doubt that they will continue to be powerful agents of change, bringing progress to their communities and their country in the years to come.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Do clothes make the woman? Only if we let them

Whether it is India, Hong Kong, Australia or the US, the question of how women should dress or what clothes are "provocative" has been raised in cases of rape or molestation.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am