Ten years after the U.N. called for the strengthening of women’s legal rights around the globe, African women’s rights are still often caught in the tangle between traditional and civil laws. The first of a seven-part series on the Beijing Platform.
The Roma in Albania have always faced poverty and discrimination, but since the fall of communism in 1991, the situation for Roma women has worsened. Marriage ages have dropped and an increasing number of girl children never attend school at all.
A gender quota law for political parties is putting more women on the ballot in the May 12 elections in Armenia, where only seven women serve in Parliament. Observers say women are now playing a wider role in local politics.
Zimbabwe’s government has used state-sponsored brutality to quash dissent, and women on the front lines of protest are paying a heavy personal price. Sixth in a series on emerging female leaders in Africa.
In South Africa, women are taking advantage of new laws promoting diversity to share and spread the country’s wealth. In neighboring Zambia, another woman builds a hospitality empire from $40. Second in a series on emerging female leaders in Africa.
In South Africa, a health worker says the AIDS epidemic often makes orphaned female teens turn to older men for protection. Result: They are pregnant and at risk. Second in a series on African women coping with AIDS at different stages of life.
After a Botswana family struggled for custody of an 8-year-old girl orphaned by AIDS, community members suspected the struggle was really over the girl’s food aid. First in a series about African women coping with AIDS at different stages of life.