Nobel Peace Prize Winner Likely to Be Elected President in Myanmar, But Will Be Barred from Taking Office 

Myanmar is holding its first more-or-less free election in decades, and opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nobel Aung San Suu Kyi is on track to be elected president by a landslide. She will be barred from taking office, however, because she had a foreign spouse and children with British citizenship. »11/09/15 9:15am11/09/15 9:15am

Burmese Women's Rights Activists Get Death Threats from Monks for Talking About Sexual Health

Female activists in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say they’re receiving death threats from extremist Buddhist monks with the Ma Ba Tha, the nationalist group that controls much of the country. The activists are attemping to teach fellow Burmese women about sexual health, an effort that’s turning them into enemies of… »11/02/15 4:40pm11/02/15 4:40pm

40 Years Ago, Iceland's Women Decided They Had Had Enough

On October 24, 1975, the women of Iceland decided they would stop woman-ing in a massive protest for the same rights as men. On that day, known as Women’s Day Off, 90 percent of the country’s women refused to go to work or do chores or care for their children, to call for the same rights as men. The country came to a… »10/23/15 2:10pm10/23/15 2:10pm

Iranian Soccer Star Can't Travel To Championship Because Her Husband Won't Let Her

Niloufar Ardalan, the 30-year-old captain of the Iranian women’s soccer team who is widely considered to be the best player in the country, will not be competing in the Asian Football Federation Women’s Futsal Championship in Malaysia on Thursday because her husband refuses to give her permission. »9/17/15 1:45pm9/17/15 1:45pm

Myanmar Passes Bill to Prevent Buddhist Women from Marrying Muslims

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial measure that will make it much harder for Buddhist women to marry non-Buddhist men. The “Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Bill” is one of several bills passed to protect “race and religion”; Human Rights Watch says they’re backed by extremist Buddhist monks and meant to… »7/08/15 8:45pm7/08/15 8:45pm

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sect Bans Women from Driving Children to School

The London Evening Standard and the Jewish Chronicle are reporting that an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group in North London has banned women from driving their children to school. A group of teachers and rabbis reportedly sent out a letter saying women driving goes against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp.”… »5/29/15 1:30pm5/29/15 1:30pm

Israeli Women Continue to Fight Against 'Modesty' Signs

Back in January, a group of women in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh won a lawsuit against the municipality for refusing to remove “modesty signs”—signs instructing women how to dress, placed around the city by members of the ultra-Orthodox community—which the plaintiffs argued created a threatening atmosphere for… »5/28/15 11:50am5/28/15 11:50am

Chechen Leader: Women Must Stop Gossiping About Child Bride

Ramzan Kadyrov is some guy. The Chechen leader is close pals with Putin, has been accused of torture, kidnappings and assassinations around Chechnya, and loves to flex on Instagram! Standout posts include the dead body of an Islamic militant with the caption “Dogs will die like dogs,” and a photo of Chechen-American… »5/21/15 5:20pm5/21/15 5:20pm

27-Year-Old Afghan Woman Killed by Mob Was Innocent 

Last week a 27-year-old woman known as Farkhunda was killed by an angry mob of men in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The mob accused Farkhunda of burning the Koran and beat the woman with sticks and stones, eventually setting her on fire, as the police looked on. The brutal murder was captured on video and circulated… »3/22/15 12:15pm3/22/15 12:15pm

Police Detain Eight Suspects in Indian Gang Rape Investigation 

Yesterday, awful news broke that a 74-year-old nun was gang raped during a robbery in eastern Indian. Six men broke into a convent school, stole money, and ransacked the church before gang-raping the elderly nun. Video recording of the six attackers was almost immediately released to the public, along with a $1500… »3/15/15 12:00pm3/15/15 12:00pm