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Women in Australia’s Parliament Decry Bullying and Sexism in Push for Change

The spill certainly inflamed the tension in Parliament, but women have long struggled to find a foothold there. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young filed a defamation lawsuit against a male colleague after he told her during a debate over women’s safety to Read more…


Women Move From Samba’s Sidelines to the Center of the Circle

Early in the 20th century, Brazilian laws aimed ostensibly at “vagrancy,” but drenched in racial antipathy resulted in a crackdown on Afro-Brazilian religious practices. Musicians — especially black men — could be arrested for simply walking around town with a Read more…


Teenager’s Account of Gang Rape and Torture Rattles Morocco

BENI MELLAL, Morocco — There were shouted accusations, tears and fainting as 12 men accused of abducting, raping and torturing a 17-year-old girl made their first court appearance on Thursday in a case that has sharply divided public opinion in Read more…


Is There a Spy Camera in That Bathroom? In Seoul, 8,000 Workers Will Check

In hidden corners across South Korea, tiny cameras are surreptitiously recording thousands of women when they are at their most vulnerable. Women have come to fear that cameras could be anywhere: perched inside the toilet bowl of a public restroom, Read more…


In Sweden, a Music Festival for Women Stresses Its ‘Safe Zone’

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — A music festival without cisgender men? That was the aim of what’s being called the world’s first music festival exclusively for women and transgender and nonbinary people in Gothenburg, Sweden. Called the Statement Festival, the event began Read more…


With Tampons and Concrete, Vandals Hit Paris Urinals Seen as Sexist

Chris Blache, a founder of a think tank that works on gender and city planning, said she did not believe the city had set out to discriminate. But, she said, the street urinals sent an unintentional signal that women had Read more…


Customers Died. Will That Be a Wake-Up Call for China’s Tech Scene?

Huang Jieli, who ran a Chinese ride-sharing business called Hitch, was invited to a wedding in March. One of her drivers was getting married to a woman who had once been his passenger. Thanks, the invitation said, for getting them Read more…


Didi Suspends Carpooling Service in China After 2nd Passenger Is Killed

BEIJING — Didi Chuxing, China’s popular ride-sharing service, fired two senior executives and suspended a car-pooling service after the second killing of a female passenger in three months. The crime follows others that have raised questions about the company’s ability Read more…


England to Allow Women to Take Early Abortion Pill at Home

LONDON — The British government announced on Saturday that women in England would legally be allowed to take an abortion pill at home for the first time, following in the footsteps of decisions by Scotland and Wales. Under the new Read more…


Asia Argento Scandal Makes for Open Season on #MeToo in Italy

ROME — Even as she emerged as one of the leading figures in the #MeToo movement — raised fist and all — the Italian actress Asia Argento was never a media favorite in Italy’s unbendingly patriarchal society. She was for Read more…