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Will Afghan women prove a match for the Taliban?

“This is a time of fear and uncertainty,” Palwasha Kakar, of The Asia Foundation, tells GlobalPost. Still, she says, “there is so much hope.”

Incredible UN speech by a girl the Taliban tried to kill

Less than a year ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan, approached 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, aimed a pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger. The Taliban made a big mistake. Malala survived, and has become an icon for women's rights and access to education. 

Pregnant in India? No marriage for you!

NEW DELHI — You'd think conservative politicians would favor marrying off poor, pregnant women as soon as possible. Yet in recent weeks, officials in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have been doing just the opposite.

In Pakistan’s tribal region, a woman runs for office for the first time

BAJAUR, Pakistan — In a district known more for militants and drones than women’s lib, Badam Zari is receiving some early support. Outside a small courtroom in Khar, the capital of Bajaur Province, a dozen of her supporters — almost all men — cheered when the election commission official announced that Zari would be allowed to run.

Indian parliament signs off on anti-rape bill

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde called the legislation the most stringent in years, and said it would "impact the society for years to come."

India passes tough new rape law - but does it go far enough?

The new legislation does not criminalize the rape of a woman by her husband, or ban politicians charged with rape from running for public office.

House Republicans clear path to renew the Violence Against Women Act

House Republicans appear to be bowing to their party, as the Senate tackles reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Emergency contraception use more than doubles

A recent NCHS report shows that more American women than ever are using the morning after pill.
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5.8 million American women reported using an emergency contraception pill, like Plan B, between 2006 and 2010. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The use of emergency contraception by American women has more than doubled in recent years, according to a study released yesterday.

The study by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) surveyed more than 12,000 women and found that 11 percent of sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 44 had used the morning after pill at least once between 2006 and 2010. In 2002, the study said, four percent of women had used the drug.


Clerics in Saudi Arabia come out to protest appointment of women to Shura Council (VIDEO)

A group of Saudi Arabian clerics protested outside the Royal Court in Riyadh on Tuesday, railing against King Abdullah's surprising decision to appoint 30 women to the Middle Eastern nation's Consultative Council for the first time ever.

Indonesian city demands women not 'straddle' motorbikes

"When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman," Mayor Suaidi Yahya told the BBC.
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Motorists inch their way in a heavy traffic in Sumatra, Indonesia, on November 19, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Are you a woman in the Indonesian city of Lhokseumawe? Be forewarned: female passengers now are only permitted to ride motorcycles side-saddle, as local authorities have concluded that "straddling" the bikes is a violation of Shariah law.
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