Women and Girls

Boko Haram Video Is Said to Show Captured Girls From Chibok

The kidnapping of the girls from Chibok captured global attention for a brutal war playing out in a remote area, particularly after a video of the despondent captives was released not long after they were taken. A hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, circulated on social media sites, attracting appeals from Michelle Obama, then …

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After Lives on the Streets, Mexican Women Find a Haven for Healing

Residents also have to take part in the two daily crafts and cooking workshops. The single television, in the patio, is turned on only after 6 p.m.; there is a rotating schedule for who gets the remote control. No drugs are allowed in the house. Sometimes women who are not …

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Iran and Saudis’ Latest Power Struggle: Expanding Rights for Women

Roya Hakakian, an Iranian-American poet and journalist who co-founded the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven, Conn., wrote in an opinion column published on Wednesday in The New York Times that women in Iran and Saudi Arabia had benefited from “competition between the two regimes to earn the …

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Bump, Tumble, Go Faster! In Egypt, Roller Derby Is Real Life

Two American teachers at an international school founded the team in 2012, holding the first practice sessions in a school parking lot. It was time of heady change in Egypt. A year earlier, at the height of the Arab Spring, young Egyptians had massed in Tahrir Square to press for …

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‘I’m Struggling to Survive’: For Rohingya Women, Abuse Continues in Camps

“I don’t know why he bit me,” Rahima said, her hand hovering over the scar. “There are many things I don’t understand.” Denied citizenship by Myanmar’s government and targeted by what the United States calls ethnic cleansing, the Rohingya are among the most mistreated people on earth. And within this …

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How Care for Elders, Not Children, Denies Women a Paycheck

Lots of these older Americans — 14 million, according to Paul Osterman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management — can’t live independently and care for themselves. The burden of care weighs predominantly on their wives and the daughters. About a quarter of women 45 to 64 …

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In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

That apathy extends beyond the Italian entertainment industry. In Florence, defense lawyers for paramilitary police officers accused of raping two young American women sought to ask the accusers if they had been wearing underwear that night. In Sicily, a court cleared a man of sexual harassment charges, determining that sophomoric …

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Janet Yellen Didn’t Set Out to Be a Feminist Hero

Despite his unorthodox decision to replace her, even Mr. Trump has agreed that Ms. Yellen has performed well in the job. In the Rose Garden announcing Mr. Powell’s nomination, the president called Ms. Yellen an “absolutely spectacular person” and said she had “done a terrific job.” Photo Janet L. Yellen …

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They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

“The soldiers would come and hold me so tight,” one 13-year-old girl said in an interview. She said she had been raped about 10 times this year at a camp in Maiduguri, the city at the center of the fight against Boko Haram, before running away for her own safety. …

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A Man Among Female Leaders: ‘The Risk of Mansplaining Is Very High’

His topic: maternal health. “When you speak to an audience of women about motherhood and you are a man, the risk of mansplaining is very high,” he admitted. I had sought out Mr. Prats Monné because I was curious: At an international conference of politicians, how does a man feel …

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