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With a nod from parliament, Greece gets first female president

Category: Gender policy 

2020-01-23

Lawmakers elected Katerina Sakellaropoulou as head of state in a rare display of unity in the fractious world of Greek politics

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Saudi military opens first women’s section

Category: Gender in the world 

2020-01-21

Saudi military chief of staff, Gen. Fayyad Al-Ruwaili, launched the first military section for women in the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces

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Saudi Arabia moves to ban child marriage with a new ruling

Category: Gender in the world 

2019-12-26

Saudi Arabia issued a de facto ban on child marriages, in another social reform initiated since Mohammad Bin Salman became crown prince two years ago

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New York weighs first U.S. ban on virginity testing

Category: Gender based violence 

2019-12-04

The move comes after a U.S. rapper sparked controversy by saying he subjected his daughter to yearly virginity tests

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Sudan scraps law curtailing women’s rights

Category: Gender in the world 

2019-11-29

Thousands of women flogged, fined during Bsahir’s ironfisted rule under archaic public order law for ‘indecent and immoral acts’.

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Indonesian man who helped set strict adultery laws flogged for adultery

Category: Gender based violence 

2019-11-01

An Indonesian man - who worked for an organisation that helped draft strict adultery laws - has been publicly whipped after being caught having an affair with a married woman

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Sophie Wilmes becomes Belgium first woman Prime Minister

Category: Gender policy 

2019-10-29

Belgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes was chosen for the country’s new caretaker prime minister — a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel

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Turkey under pressure to tackle sharp rise in murders of women

Category: Gender based violence 

2019-10-22

World Health Organization data say 38% of women in Turkey are subject to violence from a partner in their lifetime

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Iceland hosts first major international #MeToo conference

Category: Gender in the world 

2019-09-19

The first major international conference exploring the #MeToo movement is taking place in Reykjavik, hosted by the Icelandic prime minister

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France to finally ban smacking children - but parents won't be punished

Category: Gender based violence 

2019-07-05

France's parliament is expected to adopt a ban on parents smacking their children although those that do are unlikely to be punished

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