Two Syrian civilian women were publicly beheaded alongside their husbands by the Islamic State this week, according to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Disturbing news out of Nigeria: of the 234 women recently rescued by the Nigerian army after being abducted by Boko Haram last year, a staggering number of them—214—are pregnant.
France might be bruised, but it can't be held down: according to officials, over 3 million people, including 40 world leaders, united and marched in the streets of Paris today in the wake of last week's terror attacks that killed 17 people.
The Nobel Committee announced today that 17-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, exactly two years one day after the Taliban attempted to murder her for advocating for the education of Pakistani girls. She's the award's youngest ever recipient.
Half a million assholes flooded the streets of Paris and Bordeaux this weekend in protest of scientific reproductive assistance for gay families who wish to have children.
People with an internet connection and a digital camera are doing their part to end the age old conflict between Israel and Palestine by posting selfies alongside plates of hummus. Why didn't we think of this sooner?
This week, members of the extreme al Qaeda splinter group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams) took control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. And they wasted no time instituting Sharia law that requires women to stay inside and cover themselves from head to toe.
This week, Twitter and Facebook's highly visible #BringBackOurGirls campaign highlighted the plight of 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. One problem: the most visible images used in that campaign are pictures of girls that aren't Nigerian. Or kidnapped. Or even technically girls…
Move over, Idina Menzel! I know that almost every weekend I promise that we are done with Frozen forever, but I keep not being able to let it go (sorry). And this behind-the-scenes video featuring every actress who sang the relentlessly catchy tune around the globe isn't helping me stop singing the song loudly and…
Last month, Saudi official Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan attempted to justify his country's dumb ban on women driving cars by claiming car driving can result in tErRiBlE ladyproblems like, I don't know, turning your uterus into a basketball and your fallopian tubes into sparklers. Doesn't matter. It was silly, silly stuff…
Newsweek Pakistan's latest cover story is on the rise in female suicide bombers. And, so, naturally, this week's cover features the words LADY PARTS emblazoned over the image of tampons with lit fuses where the removal string would normally be. That's some TIME-level trolling, Newsweek. Kudos, I guess.
These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of…
You may have noticed that something terrible happened in Syria last night.
Just two months after her re-election to a second term, Argentina's popular president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, 58, has thyroid cancer. With early detection and treatment, the survival rate is high, and Kirchner's prognosis is good; the cancer hasn't metastasized or spread to her lymph nodes. She plans to step…
You might have noticed British celebrities and politicians sporting red flower pins over the past few days — even Julian Assange wore one. Allow us to explain what they're all about.
The new UN agency for women has released a report on the progress of women worldwide. Despite the optimism implied by "progress," spoiler alert — it's all pretty terrible. But there are charts!But the overall percentages of women in the police and judiciary are still pretty pathetic. [UN/pdf] [Official Site]
As minister for women and family affairs in Rwanda, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko ordered the rape of women and girls and participated in genocide. She's the first woman to be convicted by the United Nations tribunal, seventeen years after the horrific events in Rwanda.
Today marks the 100th International Women's Day. Here, some of the many events to help you get involved — today and the other 364.You can hear IWD-themed audio programs from around the world — both specific to International Women's Day or simply celebrating the accomplishments of a diverse group of women — …
Oy vey. A 48-year-old German man has been charged 350 counts of sexual abuse — including molesting his daughter from the age of 12, fathering 7 children by his stepdaughter, abusing his stepson, and prostituting out the two girls to other men. The kicker? If convicted, he faces, at most, 15 years in prison.
Crap employment notice from some dudes: Authorities in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China are looking to improve their city's image by amassing a stable of new police officers. Applicants must be young, female, and attractive.