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Nassima abdicated freedom to give freedom to others.  She has been prevented from seeing her children for two years
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Nassima abdicated freedom to give freedom to others. She has been prevented from seeing her children for two years

Nassima al-Sada was one of many women detained in 2018 by Saudi Arabian authorities. The reason? They were fighting for women's rights, like being able to drive, for example. Trapped in the city of Dammam, the woman has been constantly prevented from seeing her children. It all started when the journalist filed a lawsuit asking that women be allowed to vote. Among other rights, Nassima demanded the possibility of driving and the end of male guardians, a law that said that all women should have someone responsible for them, typically the husband, the father, the brother or even the son. Since then, several of these fights have been partially won. Although with some restrictions, women can already drive in Saudi Arabia, and those over 2...
Here’s how women are changing the way economies are run
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Here’s how women are changing the way economies are run

Women now hold many of the jobs controlling the world’s largest economy – and they are trying to fix it. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and trade tsar Katherine Tai hold top jobs in United States President Joe Biden’s administration and many of his economic advisers also are women, as are nearly 48 percent of his confirmed cabinet-level officials. This sea change may already be affecting economic policy – a new $2.3 trillion spending plan introduced by Biden last week includes $400bn to fund the “care economy,” supporting home- and community-based jobs taking care of kids and seniors, work normally done by women that has mostly gone unacknowledged in years past. The plan also has hundreds of billions of dollars more to fix racial and rural-urban inequalit...
Funeral held for Salvadoran woman killed in Mexico police custody
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Funeral held for Salvadoran woman killed in Mexico police custody

Relatives demand justice at funeral for Victoria Esperanza Salazar, who died after being subdued by Mexican police.A Salvadoran woman who died at the hands of Mexican police has been buried in the southwest of El Salvador, in the presence of family and close friends. About 50 of Victoria Esperanza Salazar’s friends and relatives, many wearing floral arrangements, walked through the La Generosa cemetery in colonial Sonsonate, 40 miles (65 kilometres) west of the capital, San Salvador, to her final resting place on Sunday. “We want justice! We hope this is resolved because everyone saw how my sister was murdered,” Carlos Salazar, the victim’s brother, told reporters during the funeral. “The police did not act right,” he added. The 36-year-old victim, who had lived in Mexico for five years, d...
COVID sets gender parity back by a generation, report finds
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COVID sets gender parity back by a generation, report finds

The coronavirus pandemic has widened the gender gap by a generation and closing it will take concerted efforts by policymakers around the world, a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found. Based on the current trajectory, women will have to wait another 135.6 years – up from 99.5 years in 2020 – to achieve overall parity with men. The report also examined the gender gap in the areas of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment. “Reaching parity in our lifetimes is possible, but only if leaders urgently commit to meaningful action and targets,” Saadia Zahidi, WEF’s managing director, told Al Jazeera. The Global Gender Gap Index report found that the political gender gap is expected to take 145.5 years to close...
The actress defying cultural norms to tell new stories in Iraq
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The actress defying cultural norms to tell new stories in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – Zahraa Ghandour had been gone from Iraq for almost a decade when she touched down in Baghdad in 2011. Armed with grit, the then-20-year-old began her upward battle to carve out a niche for herself in the country’s male-dominated film industry. “I decided to work in this field when I was 12, and I always imagined it to be in Iraq, to tell stories from here,” she explains. “I left but [Iraq] stayed with me all the time.” Ghandour, 29, is one of countless young Iraqis born in the midst of catastrophic United Nations-imposed sanctions and whose early teenage years were marred by the violence that accompanied the 2003 United States-led invasion. By the time she was 13, Ghandour had lived through what most people do not experience in a lifetime, including exile. In 2004, a fast-d...
Thousands protest Turkey’s exit from domestic violence treaty
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Thousands protest Turkey’s exit from domestic violence treaty

Protesters take to the streets for second consecutive weekend to demand Turkey reverse decision to withdraw from 2011 Istanbul Convention.Protesters have taken to the streets of Istanbul for the second straight weekend to protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to withdraw from an international treaty to combat violence against women. Erdogan last week sparked anger with the announcement Turkey was pulling out of the Istanbul Convention, named after the Turkish city where it was drafted in 2011. Justifying the decision to withdraw, the presidency argued the treaty had been “hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality” which it said was “incompatible” with Turkey’s “social and family values”. There was a flood of reaction from Western countries and ...