Exploiting women for prostitution a crime against humanity – pope

By Philip Pullella ROME, March 19 : Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a “crime against humanity” on Monday and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes. The pope made his frank comments in a remarkable, freewheeling question-and-answer session with young people from around the world who came to Rome […]

France is “feminist country” battling to put thought into action, minister says

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, March 14 : A cultural shift must accompany government policies aimed at ending gender discrimination in France, the country’s minister for gender equality said. Plans by the French government are underway to tackle issues such as harassment and the gender pay gap, but such policies will be hard to enact […]

Indian acid attack survivors sparkle at fashion show to spotlight equality

By Sunil Kataria and Danish Siddiqui Undated, Mar 8 : Sparkling in shades of green, pink and peach, Indian women survivors of acid attacks walked the ramp at a fashion show to boost awareness about violence against women. Scarred faces held high, 11 members of a non-profit group showcased colourful Indian and Western garments, spoke […]

Bus convoy of 2,000 women heads to Syria for women’s rights

By Yesim Dikmen ISTANBUL, March 6 : – An international group of 2,000 women set off from Istanbul on Tuesday for Turkey’s border with Syria, part of a “conscience convoy” to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian women after seven years of civil war. The convoy of buses is expected to reach the southern […]

Give women more time to give birth, make choices – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 15 : Women in labour should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Among 26 new recommendations, it rejected a traditional benchmark in labour wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s […]