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Conflict & Justice

In a win for South Korea's #MeToo movement, government gives more jail time to harassers

On International Women’s Day in South Korea, where gender inequality is deeply entrenched, the government announced new measures to combat sexual assault in the workplace, increasing maximum prison terms and extending statutes of limitations. The initiative, a joint effort of five ministries, comes as the country continues to reel from Tuesday’s news of a prominent politician’s resignation after his secretary accused him of rape.

Conflict & Justice

What it’s like to live in the world’s toughest places for women

Rashida’s situation — and fears — are not uncommon among Rohingya women living in the overcrowded makeshift settlements in Bangladesh. Nearly 20 percent of families included at least one pregnant woman like Rashida, a late 2017 survey found (less than half of those pregnant refugees had received prenatal care). Despite efforts from the Bangladesh government, nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations, services are struggling to meet these families’ basic needs.

Arts, Culture & Media

Finland's reindeer-herding Sámi women fight climate change

The Sámi are an indigenous population in the northern parts of Finland, as well as Sweden, Norway and Russia. However, the warming climate has threatened to disrupt the Sámi people's centuries-old tradition of reindeer herding. As Arctic temperatures rise more than twice as fast as the global average, reindeer herders are struggling to cope with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather.