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 […]

Britain’s gender pay gap narrows,but educated mums miss out

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 5 : Women in Britain who switch to part-time work after they give birth suffer a long-term penalty in striving for equal pay, with educated mums the biggest losers, economists said on Monday. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) – a leading think tank – said Britain’s gender wage gap […]

Hijabs held aloft as Iranian women protest compulsory cover-up

By Heba Kanso BEIRUT, Feb 2 : As images of Iranian women holding their hijabs aloft spread on social media, an influential activist said women are symbolically rejecting the wider “interference of religion” in their lives. “We are fighting against the most visible symbol of oppression,” said Masih Alinejad, who hosts the website My Stealthy […]

UK stars mirror Hollywood and don black for awards

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON, Feb 1 : Mirroring Hollywood, some of the biggest names in British film are campaigning for an all-black dress code at this month’s prestigious BAFTA awards to highlight widespread sexual harassment at work. Top British stars from Emma Thompson to Keira Knightley have already given their support to a letter calling […]

“Our business is truth” – China editor tells BBC to open up on women’s pay

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Jan 31 : – The BBC is failing to live up to its own editorial mission to report the truth by denying it has a problem with gender discrimination on pay, its former China editor Carrie Gracie told the British parliament’s media committee on Wednesday. Gracie quit her post earlier this […]

As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, Jan 21 : Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and […]