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.
India's top court this week ordered the government to grant permanent commission to female officers in the army. The decision paves the way for female army officers to be treated on par with their male colleagues.
Women and men marched together in Iraq in protest of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had decried gender mixing at anti-government sit-ins. He also used the US city of Chicago as an example of immorality.
As expanding locust swarms threaten the food security of millions of people in East Africa, we talk to a UN expert about what needs to be done to avert a famine. We'll also visit Zimbabwe, where years of drought and a collapsing economy have left half the population facing hunger, and find out why women and girls often bear the brunt of food crises.
Zimbabwe's population is suffering through a severe food shortage caused by years of drought and poor harvests. Lucy Beck from the NGO Care International explains why the crisis is taking a particularly heavy toll on women and girls.
Oumilkheir Hamidou is a household name in East Africa. For more than 40 years, she broadcast news and information to the region. Her popularity is so great that parents baptized their children in her name and fishermen named their boats after her. Now the role model for women journalists in Africa has put down her microphone.
February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). According to the UN, at least 200 million women around the world have experienced the practice — most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Reporter Loveday Wright explains what FGM involves, and how activists are working to stop it.