Observant Muslim women in Turkey are protesting a law barring them from wearing a headscarf in public schools. The controversial law is keeping female students from completing their education. Also: Macy’s staff tells women not to breastfeed in store.
Two stories today: Women’s rights groups say a case of torture and abuse by Turkish police is not unique. Also: The largest study of preteen girls with ADHD indicates that it is more common in girls than previously thought.
A court’s decision to execute a woman for adultery has fueled controversy over Nigeria’s version of Islamic justice. Now an influential Islamic body hopes to stop the country’s planned ratification of numerous U.N. conventions protecting human rights.
Nigerian women, many of them teen-agers, now make up the largest percentage of illegally trafficked sex workers in Italy. Albanian teens are now joining them. The Italian government is trying to assist them in leaving this dangerous industry.
Women are two-thirds of the world’s 1.2 billion people living on less than $1 a day. Tiny micro-credit loans improve their lives, but experts debate whether micro-lending will help more people by becoming profitable or by remaining largely subsidized.
One of every five Africans is Nigerian, yet the continent’s largest nation has lagged behind many others in one key measure–the advancement of women. Now, in what may be a breakthrough, 17 out of 25 Lagos state court judges are women.
It’s back to school everywhere, but uneducated girls continue to swell the ranks of the world’s 1 billion illiterate adults–two-thirds of them women. Of 100 million children worldwide between 6 and 11 who are not in school, 70 percent are girls.