Kenyan authorities directed Marie Stopes health clinics to suspend abortion services, claiming their ads promoted abortion. If the move holds, thousands of women will have no choice but to use backstreet clinics, putting their lives at risk.
Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced Baiq Nuril Makmun to 6 months in prison for documenting her abuser. But public outrage over the verdict has forced the office of the attorney general to temporarily suspend her imprisonment.
Tens of thousands of people dressed in purple, the color traditionally associated with the women’s liberation movement, marched through the streets of major cities from Barcelona and Madrid to Seville and Toledo to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Similar protests took place around the world, from Japan to Turkey to Rwanda.
The contemporary conflation of LGBT rights with broader democratic progress allows LGBT-friendly states to claim a place at the top table of international politics. But this may obscure other, less progressive and democratic activities.
Former actress and model Amal Fathy posted a 12-minute video lamenting her experiences with sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. Police detained and accused her of broadcasting false news affecting national security and the possession of indecent materials. Two days after her arrest, Fathy was also charged with belonging to a terrorist group.