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women’s rights


What do Somalia, Sudan, Iran and the U.S. have in common?

None have signed the U.N.’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


Rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this extended web interview, Alison Stewart speaks with Anneke van Woudenberg of Human Rights Watch about the roots of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the use of rape as a weapon against communities there.

The Afghan elections

Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election is happening on Saturday. Here are five things you need to know about it.


Nannies to get new protections in New York, but is more needed?

New York is poised to sign the nation’s first law protecting the rights of nannies and other domestic workers. But can working moms afford it? And is national childcare reform needed?


Policing fashion in France and Saudi Arabia

An American who grew up in Saudi Arabia questions France’s plan to ban the burqa.

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