Iranian women post pictures of themselves without hijabs on Facebook

Campaign set up by London-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad attracts more than 130,000 likes on social media site Thousands of Iranian women are taking off their veils and publishing pictures of themselves online, igniting a debate about the freedom to wear or not wear the hijab. A Facebook page set up by London-based Iranian journalist …

FEMNET Statement on Abduction of Girls in Chibok, Nigeria

We the members of the FEMNET Board, Secretariat as well as Members comprising of women’s rights activists and organizations from over 42 countries in Africa as well as from the Diaspora condemn in the strongest possible terms the abduction, proposed sale of young girls and the sluggish response of the Government of Nigeria to take …

Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter

Bülent Arinç said women should not laugh in public, prompting backlash and highlighting state of women’s rights in Turkey Twitter in Turkey broke into a collective grin on Wednesday as hundreds of women posted pictures of themselves laughing. They weren’t just happy. They were smiling in defiance of the deputy prime minister, Bülent Arinç, who …