Married Italians might soon not have to promise to be faithful

Married couples in Italy will no longer have to promise to be faithful to each other, if a new bill is approved. The proposed amendment to Italy’s Civil Code would remove the word “fidelity” from Italian marriage contracts. The promise not to cheat is a “cultural legacy from an outdated and obsolete vision of marriage, […]

These Palestinians aren’t just ‘dancing pretty.’ They’re challenging their society

RAMALLAH, West Bank — It’s Tuesday evening, and a small group of young women has gathered for their weekly dance class. Warming up with sensual, yoga-like movements, they eventually face one another in coordinated steps. Dressed in tight black leggings and oversize T-shirts, the women could have been members of a troupe in the United States […]

Algerian minister under fire for suggesting that married women should ‘give up salaries’

An Algerian Minister has sparked controversy by suggesting that married Algerian women should hand over their salaries to the country’s government. Mounia Meslem, Algeria’s Minister for National Solidarity, the Family and Women’s Affairs, made the comments to a local TV network on the weekend, igniting a storm on social media. Algerians were quick to slam […]

Moroccan-French writer Leïla Slimani wins Goncourt, France’s top literary prize

Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with a novel guaranteed to “scare the wits out of parents”. The chilling tale of a “perfect” nanny who murders the two children she is looking after, “Chanson douce” (roughly translated as “Sweet Song”) is based on the real-life story of a Dominican […]