Sevilay, a mother of two in Istanbul, got permission from her husband to have an abortion as required by law. But she had trouble finding a public hospital that would do it, and even some of her friends criticize her for her decision.
Abortion has been legal in Turkey since 1983, but the ruling AK Party and president have been chipping away at access to the procedure over the past decade.
Delegates attend talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020.
For the first time in two decades, members of the Afghan negotiating team are officially meeting with the Taliban to work out a peace agreement. There are only four women on the team, and they say they carry a heavy responsibility on behalf of women in their country.
the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wears a bright red suit jacket
In the early 1960s, Ginsburg traveled to Sweden, and learned Swedish, to work on a law project with a Swedish scholar, Anders Bruzelius. Her observations of Swedish society opened up her eyes to the possibilities for women's equality in the United States.
In this file photo, a mural depicting messages against sexual harassment and reading "safe cities" in Arabic script is seen on a highway in Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 3, 2018.
The government cites conservative values as the reason for policing music and dancing clips on the trendy video-sharing platform.
A snowboarder heads back to the lodge at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California, Dec. 5, 2015. Last month, the resort announced plans to change its name in the coming year.
Clashes throughout North America about the racial slur "squaw" is starting to lead to place name changes.
A crowd carries two caskets.
The pandemic worsened but did not create this problem: Latin America has long been among the world’s deadliest places to be a woman.
A demonstrator holds a sign as people gather outside the European Union institutions to rally in solidarity with Poland's LGBT community, in Brussels, Aug. 19, 2020.
Poland is considered the worst country in the European Union in terms of gay rights.
Twins Emma and Etienne inside their house are eating sugar cookies baked by their mother
How can women juggle working and parenting during a pandemic?
A woman holds a banner that reads "Free abortion covered by social security" during a pro-choice march to celebrate the government ending its plan to reform Spain's abortion law in Madrid September 28, 2014. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday
Since becoming legal in 1985, right-wing politicians have periodically made feeble attempts to limit or ban access to abortions. Each time it happens though, the action is met with strong pushback from the public. 
Internally displaced girls in Somalia queue before at a school beside an IDP camp in Dollow, Somalia, April 4, 2017.
Activists have been fighting to stop FGM for years. During the COVID-19 lockdowns worldwide, they saw both progress and backsliding.