In front of camera, if not behind, women shone at Venice Film Festival

By Robin Pomeroy VENICE, Italy, Sept 7 : Despite a paucity of female directors, women were the stars of the Venice Film Festival: from Lady Gaga stealing the red carpet spotlight, to movies about queens, witches and working women with important stories to tell. Only one of the 21 movies selected to compete for the […]

S.Korea commemorates women forced into Japanese wartime brothels

By Joyce Lee and Yimou Lee SEOUL/TAIPEI, Aug 14 : South Korea marked its first “memorial day” on Tuesday for girls and women forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels, with both of the U.S. allies expressing concern that the emotionally charged issue could undermine their relations. Under a 2015 deal, Japan apologised to the […]

‘Hijab is like a key’: Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign

By Shoon Naing YANGON, Aug 14 : Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar usually keep a low profile for fear of intimidation, but Win Lae Phyu Sin, one of the community’s rare bloggers on beauty care, has gone the other way. The 19-year-old was the centre of attraction at a recent launch of beauty products in Yangon, […]

Probe confirms Japan medical university cut women’s test scores

By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Aug 7 : A Japanese medical school deliberately cut women’s entrance test scores for several years, a panel of lawyers hired by the school to investigate the issue said on Tuesday, calling it a “very serious” instance of discrimination. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made a priority of creating a society […]

Motor racing-Saudi woman to drive F1 car ahead of French Grand Prix

By Alan Baldwin LE CASTELLET, France, June 24 : Aseel Al-Hamad will make another breakthrough for Saudi Arabian women on Sunday by driving a Formula One car ahead of the French Grand Prix. The lap of the Le Castellet circuit comes on the day a ban ended on females getting behind the wheel on the […]

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 […]