Taliban Publicly Executes Woman Accused of Adultery

Update: Women and men flooded the streets of Kabul Wednesday to protest the public execution of an Afghan woman accused of adultery. The protest included a march from the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to a traffic stop near a U.N. compound. A three-minute video obtained by Reuters shows a man shooting a burqa-clad woman five times at […]

Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, women from all competing countries will be offered an opportunity to take part in the international event. That’s because the Saudi Arabia government announced yesterday, through its London embassy, that it will permit female athletes to join its team at the 2012 London Games, which […]

Women and the Egyptian Revolution: An Interview with Mona Eltahawy

This week, a cover story in Foreign Policy magazine, “Why Do They Hate Us?”, ignited an explosion of praise, criticism and feverish discussion about women’s rights and gender equality in the Arab world. The piece elicited responses from across the globe and the political spectrum, cracking open one of the region’s most pressing issues–one that […]

Stoning, Hanging, Prison, Freedom? Sakineh Ashtiani’s Uncertain Fate

International concern was sparked early this week when an Iranian prosecutor indicated that Sakineh Ashtiani’s execution for adultery could be imminent. Ashtiani is currently serving 10 years in prison after being convicted as an accessory to her husband’s 2005 murder. In a separate trial, she was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to stoning, but the Iranian […]

Egyptian Women Rally Around “The Girl in the #BlueBra”

This week, the world saw just how brutal the Egyptian military can be towards women who dissent. A video, which has gone viral, shows military police dragging a hijab-clad woman protester through the street, beating her senseless, then stomping on her exposed stomach as she lies motionless in her blue bra. That image has become […]

Egypt’s “Revolutionary” New Parliament: Less Than 1 Percent Women?

The results are in, and the news is official: Not a single woman has been directly elected in Egypt’s first round of elections for the lower house of Parliament. And it appears that only three or four women are likely to gain seats when political parties fill their quotas in January. The first of three […]

Honk for Saudi Women on International Human Rights Day!

Today is International Human Rights Day, and this year there is much to celebrate. 2011 has been an extraordinary year for human rights activism worldwide, as the UN points out: This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their […]

Will Saudi Women Lose Their Virginity En Masse If They Start Driving?

My first thought is “no,” followed by a swift “none of your business.” But that wasn’t the conclusion of a recent report prepared for Saudi Arabia’s legislative assembly by a well-known academic. He predicted that if Saudi women were given the right to drive, those who had never had sex would quickly start losing their […]

Sexual Assault of Mona Eltahawy Marks Uncertain Times for Egyptian Women

At dawn on Thursday in Cairo, award-winning Egyptian American journalist and feminist Mona Eltahawy tweeted: Beaten arrested in interior ministry And then… silence. After hours of #FreeMona trending on Twitter, Eltahawy emerged from Egyptian state custody with the defiant tweet: “I AM FREE.” Via tweets, Eltahawy began describing in chilling detail her horrific ordeal with the […]

NEWS BRIEF: Despite King’s Edict, Saudi Woman Sentenced to 10 Lashings for Driving

International outcry arose this September when, just a day after Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah announced a commitment to women’s rights and granted women voting rights in 2015, a woman named Shaima Jastaina was sentenced to 10 lashings for driving to the hospital. There is no specific law making it illegal for women in Saudi Arabia […]