Women's rights

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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Graciela Garcia, who was turned into a sex slave when she was in her 20's by a former navy captain during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship, poses for a portrait inside what was once the Naval Mechanics School, ESMA, where she was jailed, as she attends the inauguration of an exhibit at the detention center, now a museum, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Garcia's testimony is part of a new exhibit where 28 women recount harrowing stories of dictatorship-era gender-based violence. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)
March 14, 2019 - 6:38 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Graciela Garcia Romero says she was in her 20s when a former navy captain turned her into a sex slave in Buenos Aires. Ex-Navy Capt. Jorge Acosta, who is now serving life in prison for numerous human rights crimes, would take her to apartments and rape her during...
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March 14, 2019 - 2:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three Saudi women's rights activists whose arrests last year have been condemned worldwide are being honored by PEN America. Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the literary and human rights organization announced...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2012 file photo, former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., the author of Title IX in Congress, is applauded by Senior Adviser to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls Valerie Jarrett, left, and tennis great Billie Jean King, center during a forum in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington in a gathering to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Bayh, who championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died from pneumonia at his home in Easton, Md., Thursday, March 14, 2019, at age 91. King, who worked with Bayh on women's rights issues, released a statement with his family Thursday saying the former senator was "one of the most important Americans of the 20th century." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 14, 2019 - 1:14 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight...
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In this Friday, March 8, 2019 photo provided by the United Nations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, third from right, executive director of UN Women, speaks at the United Nations Observance of International Women's Day at the United Nations headquarters. Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling for the revolution in technology to be used to benefit the world's poor and especially women who will not achieve gender equality without "the giant leap that 21st century innovations can bring." At left is U.N. secretary General Antonio Guterres, and at right is Geraldine Byrne-Nason, chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations. (Eskinder Debebe/The United Nations via AP)
March 11, 2019 - 6:57 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that there is a "deep, pervasive and relentless" pushback on women's rights and called for a fight to "push back against the pushback." Calling himself "a proud feminist," the U.N. chief said, "It is a fight we must win —...
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