Iranian woman: ‘We hate the headscarf’

Can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks? Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public “I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. She’s sitting with a group of […]

Saudi women step into haj emergency role for the first time

MECCA (Reuters) – Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce. The seven, almost all wearing the black niqab over their faces, form the first women’s […]

Israeli woman in USA offers to pay $4000 on Craiglist to have her ex-husband killed

An Israeli woman living in Oklahoma allegedly offered to pay $4,000 to have her ex-husband in Israel killed. Danielle Dana Layman of Ponca City, Oklahoma, posted the job for a “discrete” actor on Craigslist, calling it a “10 day gig overseas for amateur, competitive pay!” The job requirements listed also included a “creative, outgoing and […]

German parliament legalises same-sex marriage

Germany’s parliament voted on Friday to legalise gay marriage. This comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel did an about-face that freed members of conservative party to vote their “conscience” rather than follow party lines. Norbert Lammert, president of the parliament, said 393 lawmakers voted to approve the amendment, while 226 voted against and four abstained. FRANCE24/(REUTERS)

Iran: Women use their smartphones to fight back the “morality police”

With black chadors over their uniforms, officers of Iran’s “guidance patrols” are a scourge for Iranian women who want to wear bright colours and push the limits of the Islamic Republic’s dress code. But some Iranian women are fighting back, using their smartphones to document what happens once they are arrested. The Gasht-e-Ershad (guidance patrol) […]

Pope Francis proclaims 2 Fátima siblings in Portugal Saints

Pope Francis canonized two Portuguese shepherd children during a Mass on Saturday, a century after the children and their cousin said they first saw the Virgin Mary here. The children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, along with an older cousin, Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos, told skeptical elders that they had witnessed six apparitions of the […]

Hello Hijab: America’s favorite doll Barbie is getting another change of image

The iconic blonde is getting another change of image. Last year, America’s favourite doll, Barbie, was given a makeover, with manufacturer Mattel bringing out more diverse models, featuring three different body types and seven possible skin tones. Now two women in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have started making miniature hijabs for Barbies, which they sell out of […]