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Kabul Tells Female Workers Men Are Taking Their Jobs

Taliban make exceptions for public toilet attendants

(Newser) - Female employees in city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, Kabul's interim mayor said Sunday. The announcement is another sign that the Taliban are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite promises that they would be...

Taliban Shut Girls Out of Reopening High Schools

Announcement says boys are going back to class but makes no mention of female students

(Newser) - School will resume Saturday in Afghanistan for grades seven through 12, the Taliban announced Friday in a statement. The message of the next sentence was clear: "All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions." Girls and the women who teach them apparently are left out, making...

Taliban Halt Women's Protest With Force

Fighters report advances on pocket of resistance in mountains of northern Afghanistan

(Newser) - The Taliban fought different types of resistance Saturday as they tried to make control of Afghanistan total. Despite assurances that the brutal reign of the past won't be repeated, Taliban fighters used violence to shut down a protest by about 100 women in Kabul, the New York Times reports....

Looking for Gender Equality? Here's Where to Go

Nevada takes the top spot in WalletHub ranking, while Utah comes in last

(Newser) - The glass ceiling may have many deep cracks in it, but it hasn't yet been shattered—at least not in terms of the pay gap or women consistently finding equal footing in leadership positions. And the workplace isn't the only arena in which women are still battling gender...

Malala Lays Out Plan on 'Critical Moment' in Afghanistan

Activist says women, girls need neighbors' help, more specific education guarantees from Taliban

(Newser) - After Afghanistan's capital fell to the Taliban on Sunday, the extremist group's final symbolic move to controlling the country, its members made a promise to all Afghan women and girls that they'd retain their right to an education and shouldn't fret. That vow has been met...

Taliban Makes a Vow to All Afghan Women

Officials say right to education will be protected, urge women to join government

(Newser) - An Afghan journalist showed her outrage Monday during a Pentagon press briefing, speaking of the fears of the Afghan people, especially women, now that the Taliban has marched on the capital. "I'm very upset today because Afghan woman didn't expect that overnight all the Taliban came,"...

Secretary of State Alters US Approach to Human Rights

Antony Blinken reverses some Trump administration policies

(Newser) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Trump administration policies Tuesday in revealing the State Department's annual report on human rights, which was drafted under the previous administration. "Some have argued that it's not worth it for the US to speak up forcefully for human rights—or that...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Women

Minnesota comes out on top, Mississippi is at the bottom

(Newser) - Pay gaps, the minimum wage, the pandemic—all issues that affect women disproportionately, though there are some areas of the US that offer better opportunities for women than others. WalletHub tries to shake those locations out, looking at more than two dozen metrics in two main categories: women's economic...

Saudi Activist's Release Seen as a Nod to Biden

Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be trying to play nice by freeing Loujain al-Hathloul

(Newser) - US and Canadian authorities are celebrating the release of a Saudi women's rights activist after 1,001 days in prison, though allies say she is not yet "free." Loujain al-Hathloul, a 31-year-old activist who attended university in Canada, was arrested in 2014 as she defied a ban...

Saudi Woman Who Pushed for Right to Drive Sentenced

Loujian al-Hathloul gets 5 years, 8 months

(Newser) - Loujian al-Hathloul led an ultimately successful push for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia—but instead of praising her as a reformer, authorities prosecuted her using a court set up to fight terrorism. The "Specialized Criminal Court" has sentenced the 31-year-old to almost six years in...

Mom Told to Cover Breastfeeding: 'I Got Angry'

Samantha McIntosh pushed back against Chick-fil-A

(Newser) - Cover my breastfeeding? OK ... I think. A Georgia woman agreed to a Chick-fil-A manager's request Monday—seems a customer had complained—but then got upset about it, CNN reports. "As I sit there in this family friendly restaurant I start to simmer," writes Samantha McIntosh on Facebook...

Thousands of Women Target World's 'Biggest Bully'

Women's March rallies are happening nationwide

(Newser) - Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration, the AP reports. Hundreds showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, DC, for the rallies, which aim...

Feds Remove 'Trump' From Protest Signs
Feds Photoshop Pic
of Women's March

Feds Photoshop Pic of Women's March

But the National Archives says it had good reason

(Newser) - Visitors to the National Archives will have to fill in the blanks after officials there altered a photo of a women's rights march, the Hill reports. In fact, the Archives altered multiple signs carried by women at the Women's March in Washington, DC, the day after President Trump'...

After Woman's Death, First Arrest Made in Age-Old Custom
Another Death Prompts First
Arrest in Age-Old Custom
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Another Death Prompts First Arrest in Age-Old Custom

Brother-in-law arrested in Nepal after woman dies in menstruation hut on cold night

(Newser) - It's called "chhaupadi," an age-old practice in Nepal in which women are forced out of the home while menstruating and into makeshift huts, even in the bitter cold. The nation outlawed the practice last year, but the custom persists. Now, however, a young woman's death has...

'Virgin' Category Scrubbed From Bangladeshi Marriages

High court says women can identify as 'unmarried'

(Newser) - Women in Bangladesh no longer need to declare if they are virgins before heading to the altar. The country's high court has ordered two major changes to marriage forms, which previously required women to choose one of three options to describe themselves: divorced, widowed, or the Bengali word "...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Gender Equality

Maine is looking good for women's rights

(Newser) - Despite making up more than half the US population, women are still lagging behind their male counterparts in pay and in leadership positions, and still claiming the lion's share of minimum-wage jobs. Some states are making better strides than others in closing the gender gap, per WalletHub , which looked...

Big Break for Saudi Women: Now They Can Leave

Male guardians no longer have authority over women's passports

(Newser) - Saudi women 21 and above hoping to leave the country no longer need a man's help. Saudi Arabia continued its loosening of restrictions on women on Thursday with passage of an amendment that, once it goes into effect at the end of August, will allow all Saudi women to...

He Placed Lewd Calls to Her. Now She's Going to Jail

Indonesian to serve 6 months for distributing obscene material after she taped a call

(Newser) - Women's rights advocates in Indonesia are outraged over a decision this week by the country's Supreme Court that will be sending the recipient of a lewd phone call to jail, and letting the supervisor who made the call walk away scot-free. Court documents cited by Reuters show Nuril...

Here's How to Fix Trump's Neglect on Women
Here's How to Fix 
Trump's Neglect on Women
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Here's How to Fix Trump's Neglect on Women

Cathy Russell wants to see new women's adviser

(Newser) - Dozens of countries have a Cabinet-level official charged with tackling women's issues. It's about time the US—in which that role is spread across government agencies—gets one, too, according to Cathy Russell, whose former role as US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues hasn't been filled...

Indecent Exposure Arrest Leads to Controversy in Virginia

Woman was replicating an image on the state flag

(Newser) - Two women staging a protest in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia ended up inadvertently drawing a large amount of attention to their cause. The women were mimicking an image on the state seal, and one of them was dressed as the Roman goddess Virtus, reports the Richmond ...

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