WOMEN Tag

Tunis (AFP) Long seen as a pioneer for women’s rights in the Arab world, Tunisia is pushing ahead with reforms promised after its 2011 revolution — but campaigners say much remains to be done. The country’s 2014 constitution was praised as a key achievement in the revolt that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. But much of it has yet to be passed into law, including provisions on gender equality. Now, moves are afoot on women’s political representation, interfaith marriage and theRead More
Morocco announced Wednesday the arrest of a man allegedly seen in an online video sexually assaulting a girl in broad daylight, a scene that sent shock waves across the country.Read More
Mogadishu (AFP) Shortly after sunrise, a group of young women arrives at a football pitch in Mogadishu, where they shrug off their hijabs — some changing underneath the billowing veil — to reveal their team kit. Young Somali men stand nearby, some disapproving but all watching closely, as the women jog up and down, dribble a worn-out ball between colourful cones and do sit-ups, less than 200 metres (656 feet) from a heavily guarded security checkpoint. The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, due toRead More
Tunisian women led a march by more than 1,000 demonstrators Saturday, including men, to demand equal inheritance rights for both sexes in the North African country.Read More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisian women led a march by more than 1,000 demonstrators Saturday, including men, to demand equal inheritance rights for both sexes in the North African country. Tunisia’s inheritance law is based on Islamic jurisprudence stipulating that men inherit double the amount received by women. The demonstrators marched to the seat of parliament in the Tunisian capital chanting equal inheritance rights “are a right, not a favour”. Last year, President Beji Caid Essebsi announced plans to set up a commission to examine “individual liberties” and “equality in all domains”,Read More
Guinean President Alpha Conde will carry out a "major cabinet reshuffle", his office said Thursday, following weeks of strikes and demonstrations in the country after disputed local elections.Read More
Shana Power, South Africa's first female amateur mixed martial arts champion, has been defying gender stereotypes in the world of combat sport for five years.Read More
Midrand (South Africa) (AFP) Shana Power, South Africa’s first female amateur mixed martial arts champion, has been defying gender stereotypes in the world of combat sport for five years. Power said that prominent female competitors like US star Holly Holm had inspired her passion for the sport and that she now hopes to motivate others to take it up. “I’ve inspired people around me, I’ve been supported by people I trained with so I’ve had a good experience. I’ve only had positive feedback from people around me,” she told AFPRead More
Among the bunk beds in a dimly lit cell deep inside a women's prison near the Central African Republic capital Bangui, religious murmurs take on an almost mystical aura.Read More
Among the bunk beds in a dimly lit cell deep inside a women's prison near the Central African Republic capital Bangui, religious murmurs take on an almost mystical aura.Read More