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International Women's Day 2017

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017
Journalists working for Umma, Kyrgyzstan’s only Muslim affairs magazine.
Journalists working for Umma, Kyrgyzstan’s only Muslim affairs magazine. © Photo courtesy of Umma magazine
INTERVIEW

Kyrgyzstan: Challenging Submissive Stereotypes

Women may wear hijab, but they refuse to be pigeonholed.

IWPR works to champion issues of women’s rights around the globe while supporting female reporters in sometimes challenging environments. Our journalists, editors and partners not only highlight inequalities and abuses but also celebrate the achievements of women driving change in their own societies.

Syria's Rebellious Women

Three stories give a rare insight into a side of Syria often absent from the news.

Known as “the troublemaker” by her friends, Ahed was at the vanguard of the demonstrations in Aleppo against both Assad’s government and the Islamic State. Despite the beatings and humiliation meted out by both forces, she continued to devote herself to relief work and activism.

Syria's Rebellious Women films.
A Kazak bride and groom celebrate in Astana.
A Kazak bride and groom celebrate in Astana. © Neyran Elden/Flickr

Kazakstan: The Pain of Polygamy

Men see taking extra and unofficial ‘wives’ as a sign of social prestige.

Kyrgyzstan: Female Convicts Face Harsh Future

Experts say that jailing women has far-reaching societal repercussions.
Convicts going for a walk at Kyrgyzstan's only women's prison at Stepnoe.
Convicts going for a walk at Kyrgyzstan's only women's prison at Stepnoe. © IWPR

SYRIA STORIES - WOMEN'S BLOG

Women are among the hardest-hit by the war in Syria, yet many play vital roles in the struggle for human rights, gender equality, reconciliation and social justice. The Syria Stories Women’s Blog provides a space for female writers to share their experiences of conflict and daily life both in Syria or as refugees abroad.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan has introduced legislation banning the harassment of women and children.
Afghanistan has introduced legislation banning the harassment of women and children. © Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

New Afghan Law Targets Sexual Harassment

Opinion divided over legislation that will outlaw such abuse for the first time.
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