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Bangladesh War’s Toll on Women Still Undiscussed

NEW DELHI — The numbers are in dispute, but the story they tell has remained the same for four decades: 200,000 women (or 300,000, or 400,000, depending on the source) raped during the 1971 war in which East Pakistan broke with West Pakistan to become Bangladesh.


The Guide to Women’s Rights

Late advocate Rashida Patel’s book Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan is both informative and prescriptive. For not only has she provided an in-depth analysis on a host of laws that affect women, but she has also made recommendations for reform.


Bangladesh: International workshop urges Asian women to unite against globalization & fundamentalism

A two day-long international workshop themed "Globalization and rise in fundamentalism - implications for women and women workers" ended on August 23, at the conference room of the BRAC Centre Inn in Dhaka, Bangladesh with urging Asian women to unite and bring about an end to unfair globalization and fundamentalism in the region.


Headscarf ban sparks debate over Kosovo's identity

The home of Florinda Zeka in central Kosovo is an idyllic spot, surrounded by undulating hills.


Mental Disability, State Power and the Capacity to Decide

The issue of forced contraception raises difficult questions about autonomous decision making under the Mental Capacity Act


Puerto Rican Women Face Rising Tide of Violence

Puerto Rico's pioneering 1989 law against domestic violence is clouded by the U.S. territory's leadership in intimate-partner killings found in a recent survey. Critics say government budget cutbacks are making matters worse.


What is the State of Women’s Rights in Cyprus?

FRIDAY FILE: How do women fare in the prosperous Mediterranean nation of Cyprus?


What Happened to Women's Rights in America?

Women’s rights in America are only halfway home.


Elana, Sonia, Ruth and the Court

Well, this is fun. Three women, not zero, or one, or two, but three now sit on the Supreme Court. Three seems formidable. Somehow one seems like a token gesture, when all the rest remain men. And two seems tokenish because what can two do. But three—three is a third of the Court. Three is also an odd number and it seems like one might be moving to something of consequence.



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