Qatar and Us: The Violation of Women’s Bodies Has a Long History Among Western Nations

After multiple women were subject to invasive physical examinations after a newborn infant was found in the trash in Hamad International Airport in Qatar, it was framed as a one-off example of a human rights violation.

What those women endured in Qatar was horrifying, but the practice is one with a long global history.

“Governments should be as outraged at the conduct of the United States and their ongoing invasive and unnecessary inspections of female genitalia as they are at Qatar.”

“Nasrin”: Speaking to the World From a Prison in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights attorney in Iran, was arrested and sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. Her crime? Defending the rights of women.

Later this month, the documentary “Nasrin” will be released. Shot by filmmakers inside Iran who quite literally risked their lives to capture the footage, the film is a powerful homage to a woman who has suffered the most extreme consequences of laws that she has worked hard to change.

Afghanistan Will Now Include Mothers’ Names in Children’s Birth Certificates

Afghan mothers will have their names printed on their children’s national identity cards, thanks to the #WhereIsMyName campaign, which challenged taboos around women’s names.

President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday signed into law an amendment long sought by women’s rights campaigners.

Until now, Afghan law dictated that only the father’s name should be recorded on ID cards.

Using a woman’s name in public in Afghanistan is traditionally frowned upon and can be considered an insult.

Iranian Feminist Narges Mohammadi is in Danger

“What keeps me on my feet in this prison, while my body bruised and wounded, is my love for the honorable, but tormented, people of this country, and my ideals of justice and freedom. To honor the innocent people’s blood shed atrociously, I pledge to speak the truth, defy tyranny and defend the oppressed until my last breath.”