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 some countries, these rights are ignored or suppressed when they contradict a historical or traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favor of men and boys. This is a collection of DW's content on the various issues related to gender equality, women's and girls' rights throughout the world.
On this week's show, we meet a woman in Japan who is speaking up against sexual violence in a male-dominated society, we learn about the history of the suffragette movement in Britain and an Indonesian woman talks about her fight to protect women's rights in conflict zones. Plus, we meet a model who won't let her handicap keep her from the catwalk — even if she's in a wheelchair.
Last week, the Tunisian capital elected Souad Abderrahim its first female mayor in the first city elections since the Arab Spring. Could her victory signify a new direction for Tunisia's formerly Islamist Ennahda party?
We look at Norway's transition from one of the most liberal countries on immigration to one of the strictest, and delve into Germany's history of transit camps. In Ecuador, we find out how the border town of San Lorenzo is coping with a spate of violence, and we meet prisoners taking to the stage in Colombia. Plus, Canada's top female sommelier.
A UK court has sentenced a Liberian-born nurse to 14 years for leading a sex trafficking ring that forced Nigerian women to work in German brothels. The nurse threatened her victims with voodoo magic to keep them quiet.