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Johor state is spending US$86,000 on a rehabilitation centre to pressure ‘deviant’ people to ‘get back on the right path’, a proposal slammed by rights groups.
Indonesia has a history of first ladies facing ‘political misogyny’ in which they often bore the brunt of their husbands’ missteps, ‘failings’.
Financial experts Deloitte says successful Fifa Women’s World Cup will take football revenue to US$555 million, with total windfall US$1.28 billion in 2024.
The findings from a new study in India add to a body of evidence on organ donations that illustrates the life-and-death impact of gender inequality.
Recommendations include securing land rights for women, promoting women’s cooperatives and encouraging women to lead in developing climate policy.
An amendment to the civil code will change “men and women” and “husband and wife” to “individuals” and “marriage partners” for same-sex couples to receive the same rights heterosexual couples receive.
Tomoko Horino, who started working for a cosmetics company in the 1960s, has raked in more than US$835,000 over her career – and she still nails her sales goals.
Despite the rise in LGBTQ-centric films in recent years, writers say queer genres of Indian literature are still quite limited in reach and representation.
Sex and desire are often looked at through the lens of shame in India, exacerbated by poor sex education in the country.
Online hate speech against women could be fuelling physical violence against them, says writer who chronicled South Korea’s #MeToo movement.
Japan requires women to be in a heterosexual marriage to access IVF, leading some in same-sex relationships to travel overseas to receive the treatment.
While some lawmakers and critics say event will undermine traditional Chinese family values, organisers call it milestone in long fight for recognition.
In Nepal, where feminism is not ‘well received’, the blurry line between feminist books and books written by women has often limited the understanding of feminism.
‘Victory is not easy but it is certain,’ said Narges Mohammadi, who has been arrested or imprisoned many times. She has been unable to see her children for seven years.
Conservative lawmakers are concerned that eliminating the requirement on genital resemblance could cause social disruption.
Transnational romance is on the rise as more Chinese firms set up shop in the African nation and Rwandans seek education in China.
Family restrictions, poor infrastructure and low wages often discourage many young Nepali women from pursuing sports as a career.
India’s top court did not legalise same-sex marriages, but said the nation had a duty to acknowledge such relationships and protect LGBTQ folk from discrimination.
Lengger Lanang, performed by men dressed as Javanese princesses and with its roots in the 16th century, is close to disappearing in the Muslim-majority country with fewer than 100 performers remaining.
Activists Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing face years in prison for ‘inciting subversion of state power’.
Experts argue that the importance of confidence in women has been grossly inflated, distracting us from looking at how a gender confidence gap was created in the first place.
She started as a blogger sharing Turkish recipes and became a YouTube star. Now Aysenur Altan brings lesser-known parts of Turkey to the world in her videos that delve into the country’s food and culture.
Dar San Ye, 87, helped capture an agent of Pyongyang 40 years ago after he had attempted to kill a former South Korean president in Myanmar – and blew off his own hand with a grenade.
Hong Kong brands itself as an international city but many South Asian and Southeast Asian residents face discrimination at schools and workplaces.