Women's rights

Protesters hold placards and gather to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who was killed after she was set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 19, 2019. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni on April 6 and asked to withdraw the charges by five people clad in burqas. When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight. Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone. She died four days later in a Dhaka hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
April 19, 2019 - 8:35 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was...
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Protesters celebrate after listening to a judgment during a rally demanding the abolition of abortion law outside of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 11, 2019. South Korea's Constitutional Court has ruled that the country's decades-long ban on abortions is incompatible with the constitution, setting up a likely easing of restrictions. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
April 11, 2019 - 5:42 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major reversal, South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the easing of the country's decades-old ban on most abortions, one of the strictest in the developed world. Abortions have been largely illegal in South Korea since 1953, though convictions for...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's then ban on women driving. Nearly a dozen Saudi women's rights activists, most of them imprisoned, have attended their third court session Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and were told their trials will continue for at least two more weeks. Meanwhile, three women who were granted temporary release last week, among them al-Yousef and Eman al-Najfan, were told their next court date would take place after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which coincides with early June. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
April 05, 2019 - 3:41 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said...
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House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference after the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, April 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 04, 2019 - 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's then ban on women driving. Nearly a dozen Saudi women's rights activists, most of them imprisoned, have attended their third court session Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and were told their trials will continue for at least two more weeks. Meanwhile, three women who were granted temporary release last week, among them al-Yousef and Eman al-Najfan, were told their next court date would take place after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which coincides with early June. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
April 03, 2019 - 9:38 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Nearly a dozen Saudi women's rights activists, most of them imprisoned, attended their third court session on Wednesday and were told their trials will continue for at least two more weeks, people with knowledge of the cases told The Associated Press. While the 11...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 29, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends an audience with participants of a course on the Internal Forum promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary Court, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican. Pope Francis said on Tuesday April 2, 2019, women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but has stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to give women decision-making roles. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
April 02, 2019 - 7:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Tuesday that women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to recognize the "urgency of an inevitable change" to give them leadership roles...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015 file photo, Mexican musician Armando Vega Gil, left, and author Beatriz Rivas pose for a portrait during the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez announced on Monday, April 1, 2019 the death of its founder Armando Vega Gil. The musician and writer had posted a message announcing his suicide. (AP Photo/Berenice Bautista, File)
April 01, 2019 - 7:40 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The bass player for the Mexican rock band Botellita de Jerez appeared to have killed himself Monday, just one day after he was accused of sexually harassing a young woman when she was 13. The Mexico City prosecutors' office said that while it could not confirm musician Armando...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, casino mogul Steve Wynn gestures during a a news conference in Medford, Mass., regarding his proposed casino complex. Women's rights advocates and business experts said Wynn Resorts has taken laudable steps to transform a workplace culture that allowed sexual misconduct complaints against Wynn, its founder, to remain hidden for decades, but still has room for improvement. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will holding public hearings the first week of April 2019 on whether the company is still suitable to hold a casino license for the multi-billion dollar Encore Boston Harbor, slated to open in June 2019 in Everett, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 01, 2019 - 6:38 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts has taken laudable steps to transform a culture that allowed sexual misconduct complaints against its founder to remain hidden for decades, women's rights advocates and business experts say. And while the company is making progress more than a year after casino mogul...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's then ban on women driving. Saudi women's rights activists, including al-Yousef, are expected to appear before a judge Wednesday, March 27, 2019, on charges that include speaking to foreign journalists. Several people with knowledge of the cases say the charges for the nearly dozen women relate to their efforts to promote women's rights and sharing information with accredited foreign reporters, diplomats and human rights groups. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
March 28, 2019 - 11:58 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Three Saudi women's rights activists have been temporarily released after 10 months in prison, sources familiar with their cases told The Associated Press on Thursday. Two people told the AP that Aziza al-Yousef, a grandmother and former professor; Eman al-Nafjan...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 27, 2019 - 3:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" Tuesday night as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill's credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a...
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