Six teenage girls from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to the US for an international robotics competition, but they will be permitted to send their ball-sorting contraption to compete without them.
The aspiring inventors wept when they heard they couldn't escort their machine to Washington DC for the First Global Challenge, an annual contest for high school students from across the world.
July 12, 2017: UPDATE: Trump intervenes to grant rejected Afghan girls entry to U.S. for robotics contest
the manchester attack: many believe girls and women were the primary target
On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber allegedly linked to the terrorist group ISIS detonated a bomb at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande. The explosive killed 22 people - including an 8-year-old girl - and over 100 people were hospitalized, making it the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain since 2005.
The venue and target audience were likely no accident; Grande is known for her strong views against sexism and the objectification of women, as well as the celebration of female sexuality and freedom. Here's why many believe that women were the primary target of this attack:
Two powerful stories on human trafficking:
As severe storms and rising sea levels wear down coastal regions, women and girls are at ever-greater risk. Climate change is a new push factor for human trafficking; its effects destroy livelihoods and place women and children in post-catastrophe situations that traffickers exploit.
Those who work on trafficking and migration say it’s becoming more and more clear that climate change increases the risk for violence against women.
Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom.
Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.
Blinking lights, the clicking sound of coins, and perks like free or inexpensive food, drinks and casino bus trips are enticing many older women to gamble.
This interesting article examines the problem of gambling addiction - particularly in older women. Find out how gambling styles differ between men and women, why medications may play a role - and some surprising social costs when gambling takes hold.
Over the last decade in different parts of Israel, women have been barred from sections of buses, banned from speaking at cemeteries, blocked from pavements, physically attacked for their clothing choices, airbrushed from newspapers and magazines and removed from the airwaves and news photos.
These challenges are rooted in the objections of many in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to men and women mixing in public places, and to public representations of women in any form.
With the help of Israeli court rulings, here's how women are fighting back.
This article gives an in-depth, eye-opening view of how sexism, discrimination and overall gender inequity have affected women working in Silicon Valley tech jobs in the US.
In recent years, tech companies have begun to address these issues, and are now spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees. So far, progress has been slow — but here are a few solutions that might actually work.
celebrating international women's day
International Women's Day has its roots in women's work. The first time it was observed was on February 28, 1909, when thousands of women marched in New York City to demand better hours
and pay for working women, as well as the right to vote.
Over the years and throughout the world, International Women's Day has been observed in many different ways, and with varying degrees of importance. In 1975, the UN officially began celebrating International Women's Day, and has identified a specific theme each year pertaining to women's rights and world peace.
This year, the holiday is being simultaneously observed by the movement "A Day Without A Woman." Men and women who participate are encouraged not to work (or shop) on this day to bring awareness to the role of women in the global economy - and to highlight the economic and social inequalities that are faced by women worldwide on a daily basis.
Here's more about International Women's Day, and how it's being celebrated:
Since beginning its insurgency against the Nigerian government in 2009, Boko Haram has unleashed bombings, assassinations and abductions from its bases in the forest in an effort to topple the government and create an Islamic state.
To attract male recruits and motivate combatants, Boko Haram kidnaps young girls and awards these “wives” to fighters. As these girls reach puberty, forced marriages often turn them into unwilling mothers; their children are destined to become the next generation of fighters, raised with their fathers’ twisted ideology.
This is a must-see photo essay and video that combines stunning pictures from a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, along with the stories of young women who describe in their own words their experiences of Boko Harum.
UPDATES: Since we first posted this, new developments have occurred:
Khatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit in Iraq with Isis in its sights.