India right-wing party says rape charges now 'fashionable'

Aug 3, 2014

India right-wing party says rape charges now 'fashionable'

Indian right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena said Saturday filing sexual assault charges has “become a fashion” in an article backing a police officer accused of rape. The hard-line Hindu nationalist outfit, based in western Maharashtra state and a key ally of Prime Minister Narendra ...

Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...

Jul 29, 2014

Islamic State militants open office for hopeful wives

Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al-Qaida offshoot, a monitoring group said Monday. The office in al-Bab, a town northeast of the city of Aleppo, records the ...

Jul 24, 2014

UNDP hails Abe's drive for women

Efforts to raise Japan's dismal female presence in the workforce should generate significant economic gains, the head of the U.N. Development Program says.

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

Jul 21, 2014

Vietnam dads take on caregiver role

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children ...

Jul 20, 2014

Number of women in senior government posts inches up

The number of women assigned to bureau director general and higher posts in the government has risen to 15 from eight so far this summer. Among these appointees, Kumiko Bando, deputy minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, was elevated to secretary-general of ...

Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

Jul 20, 2014

Chinese reserve bigger parking spaces for women

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, sign-posted “Respectfully reserved for women,” and around 30 cm wider than normal. The slots at the Dashijiedaduhui — or “World Metropolis” — center have sparked debate in China, which officially ...