“I have been privileged to wear some of the most advanced prosthetics that a lot of Rwandans do not have access to. No one should be denied the right to stand on two feet and the ability to move around independently.”
“They left their homes and left everything behind,” Farkhunda Muhtaj, the captain of the Afghanistan women’s national team who from her home in Canada had spent the last few weeks communicating with the girls and working to help arrange their rescue, told The Associated Press. “They can’t fathom that they’re out of Afghanistan.”
Even as more educated women return to Somalia from the large diaspora to help rebuild the country after three decades of conflict, attitudes toward Parliament member Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam's run for office are mostly skeptical, if sympathetic. Even friends and colleagues see her chances as next to impossible because of her gender.
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Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, has been praised by many for her pragmatic leadership in a turbulent world and celebrated by some as a feminist icon. But a look at her track record over her 16 years at Germany’s helm reveals missed opportunities for fighting gender inequality at home.
The movement has been largely shut down by authorities as activists found their online posts censored and faced pressure from authorities when trying to hold protests, but Zhou Xiaoxuan has continued to speak out.
Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday.
About a third of female service members say they've experienced sexual harassment, and minorities and women are underrepresented in leadership, the inspector general found.
The newly installed Taliban regime has indicated that it will forbid Afghan women from playing cricket and other sports where their bodies might be seen. "I don't think women will be allowed to play cricket because it is not necessary that women should play cricket," said Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission.
“We felt it’s time for our players to be defined by their talent and skill,” commissioner Ty Tumminia said. “It’s not like they’re female phenomenal. You’re just phenomenal.”
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China’s government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote “revolutionary culture,” broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.
It’s hard to even imagine Afghanistan, ranked 152nd by FIFA out of 167 women’s teams, playing again. “It’s been very painful to witness when yesterday the government surrendered,” team founder Khalida Popal said. “Women lost hope.”
Six male and one female governor will be term-limited next year, opening a path to office for fresh candidates from both parties.