Women's rights are protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They include the right to bodily integrity, suffrage, the right to education, work, equal pay, the right to hold public office and own property.
Women's rights are institutionalized or written in law in many countries. In others, local customs or behavior may support the rights and entitlements for women and girls. In a some countries these rights are ignored or suppressed when they contradicts with a historical or traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favor of men and boys. DW looks at the various issues related to gender equality, women's and girls' rights throughout the world.
On Pulse this week, we meet Sarah Letio from Uganda also known as the queen of shea butter, young men and women in northern Ghana venture into modelling despite it being regarded as taboo and some of the reactions on social media after Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe steps down.
As the United States ramps up efforts to deport those without legal residency, we hear from those doing their best to stay under radar, and take you to El Salvador where countless deportees are already planning their journey back north. Plus, refugee women take on the German job market.
In 2015, hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany. Just under a third of asylum claims that year came from women and girls. For some, coming here has offered a new sense of independence. For others, that's part of the difficulty – especially when it comes to job hunting.