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French lawmakers vote to condemn Iranian protest crackdown

Nov. 28, 2022 12:12 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday condemned Iran’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and called on European governments to put more pressure on Iran to investigate the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Tehran. Legislators in...

Turkish police detain protesters at anti-violence rally

Nov. 25, 2022 13:52 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police on Friday broke up a rally calling for an end to violence against women and for Turkey’s return to a treaty aimed at protecting them, detaining dozens of people. The demonstrators tried to march along Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, Istiklal,...

Domestic violence in Germany increases over last 5 years

Nov. 24, 2022 06:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The number of domestic violence victims in Germany has increased by 3.4% in the last five years and the overwhelming majority of them are women, the German government said Thursday. A government report indicated that there were 143,604 domestic violence cases in 2021,...

Cuban activists want law to protect women abused at home

Nov. 17, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Screams, insults and confinement: that was what Diana endured in the seven years before she ended a relationship with her boyfriend. Though she knew there were institutions and programs in Cuba that handled cases of violence against women, she didn’t reach out to...

Experts urge Swiss to better combat violence against women

Nov. 15, 2022 15:39 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — European human rights experts urged authorities in Switzerland on Tuesday to do more to protect women from violence both at home and in society. A group of independent experts working with the Council of Europe, a Strasbourg, France-based human rights body, issued...

UN: Taliban has plunged Afghanistan into `dire' conditions

Nov. 10, 2022 20:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Thursday accusing the Taliban of violating the human rights of Afghan women and girls, failing to establish a representative government, and plunging the country into “dire economic, humanitarian and social conditions.” ...

Taliban official: Women banned from Afghanistan's gyms

Nov. 10, 2022 09:22 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban are banning women from using gyms in Afghanistan, an official in Kabul said Thursday, the religious group's latest edict cracking down on women's rights and freedoms since they took power more than a year ago. The Taliban overran the country...

Indiana GOP keeps Legislature control amid abortion debate

Nov. 09, 2022 15:34 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican legislators didn’t pay a political price for enacting a state abortion ban despite Democrats trying to capitalize on anger among voters who support women’s right to choose. Tuesday’s election results show that Republicans will...

Polish leader blames low birthrate on women using alcohol

Nov. 07, 2022 15:59 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A women's rights group in Poland on Monday urged people to demonstrate after the country's ruling party leader claimed that Poland's low birthrate is partly caused by young women drinking too much alcohol. Opposition politicians, activists and celebrities...

Pope calls female genital mutilation a crime that must stop

Nov. 06, 2022 12:07 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis called female genital mutilation a “crime” on Sunday and said the fight for women’s rights, equality and opportunity must continue for the good of society. “How is it that today in the world we cannot stop the tragedy of...