Women's Rights

Gender rights activist Ye Haiyan freed then hounded by hostile crowd

Ye Haiyan, the campaigner for sex workers' rights who was confronted by protesters after her release by Bobai county police in Guangxi early yesterday. Photo: Mimi Lau

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

Chiu Man, Member of Hong Kong Women Workers' Association and other members protests against the neglect of women's needs in government policies outside Central Government Offices in Tamar. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

Melinda Gates

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

Mount Everest is the world's highest mountain. Photo: AFP

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

Human Rights Watch has called for an end to the abuse of Afghanistan’s policewomen by male colleagues. Photo: AFP

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

Two Indian men watch a foreign tourist at a market in New Delhi. Campaigners have welcomed a toughening of laws in India for sex crimes but have said they are not enough to tackle a crisis underpinned by cultural attitudes. Photo: AFP

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

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Photo: Reuters

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 attends her first day of school on March 19 just weeks after being released from hospital. Photo: AP

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AFP

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

Just because a woman thinks she looks pretty in a particular dress while a man thinks she looks sexy in that dress, there's no reason to be offended. Photo: Reuters

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

Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital after successful surgery

Malala Yousafzai

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the central English city of Birmingham said the 15 year old has been making "a good recovery" following surgery last weekend to fix a titanium plate to cover a missing piece of her skull.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:31am

Kashmir's first all-girl band quits after threats and cleric's decree

Kashmir’s first girl rock band, Pragaash, perform at the annual Battle of the Bands in Srinagar in December. Photo: AFP

The three teenage members of Pragaash (which translates as "First Light") told reporters in India's only Muslim-majority state they were sorry if "the people" were unhappy with their music and that, to respect the religious ruling issued by Grand Mufti Mohammad Bashiruddin at the weekend, would no longer play.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:06am

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

Xi's 'southern tour' speech shows why women's rights must advance

A speech Xi Jinping made during his "southern tour" last month is being circulated within party ranks, veteran journalist Gao Yu said in an article published on the website of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. The full text of the speech has been posted online. If that is indeed the speech Xi made, then it is clear China has a new leader who is more conservative and more intractable than his predecessors.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:02am 1 comment

Li Yan one of thousands facing death or jail as abuse victims denied justice

Earlier intervention may have prevented Li Yan from killing her husband, women's rights groups say. Photo: SCMP

Li was sentenced to death in August 2011 for murdering her husband. Since the Supreme People's Court in Beijing approved her death sentence last month, hundreds have signed a petition to call for a halt of the execution.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:19am

Anti-rape protesters arrested in Nepal

A Nepalese woman knocks a frying pan as she participates in a demonstration against violence on women in Kathmandu, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

Nepalese police made a series of arrests on Friday after campaigners who have been staging a month-long anti-rape protest defied a ban on entering an area close to the prime minister’s residence.

25 Jan 2013 - 5:46pm