In the western Indian city of Pune, a cooperative of 3 thousand waste pickers has joined forces with municipal authorities to collect waste from door to door and fight for better work conditions.
Vehicles were set on fire in the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram where a preacher had supported women of childbearing age entering a temple. India's ruling BJP backs protesters trying to keep women out of the temple.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media can drive social change or even spark revolutions. Women around the world are using the Internet as a weapon in their struggle for equal rights.
Amnesty International has highlighted the growing role of women in the global fight for human rights in a new report. But it slammed "tough guy" leaders for the policies that make such activism necessary.
Progress on human rights in South Asia has been challenged in recent years by the narrowing space for free speech and civil society. The disturbing trend is a cause for concern, says Germany's human rights commissioner.
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