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Comment: We must act now to ensure a perfect storm of lost schooling, increased child poverty, and deep budget cuts don't lead to unprecedented reversals in education, writes Kevin Watkins.

Rights groups have called on the government to annul the marriage of a four-year-old girl in southern Sudan and urgently implement reforms against child marriage.

Middle East lockdowns leave women unable to access justice

Nazli Tarzi

Middle East lockdowns leave women unable to access justice

The closure of family courts across the Middle East has placed women at risk, with their safety, basic rights and independence under renewed threat.

Wedding fever grips Gaza amid coronavirus lockdown

Khuloud Rabah Sulaiman

Wedding fever grips Gaza amid coronavirus lockdown

With wedding halls closed, couples in Gaza have settled for small and simple home ceremonies instead of traditionally elaborate celebrations.

Jihadist violence shutters 2,500 Burkina Faso schools: watchdog

The New Arab & agencies

Jihadist violence shutters 2,500 Burkina Faso schools: watchdog

The deadly attacks have had major consequences for youngsters, including trauma, increased child labour and risks of child ...

Danya Hajjaji

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but not without its flaws.

Alessandra Bajec

INSAF: Helping Morocco's most vulnerable survive the coronavirus lockdown

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

Sami Rahman

Employers must do more to empower Muslim women

Nearly half of Muslim women encounter Islamophobia and discrimination at work. Sami Rahman looks deeper into why, and what companies can do to ...

Coronavirus, political turmoil won't stop Beirut's women marching Sunday

Carmen Geha

Coronavirus, political turmoil won't stop Beirut's women marching Sunday

Comment: This International Women's Day, Carmen Geha celebrates the resilience and solidarity of Lebanese women, fighting for their rights in a ...

Nicholas Frakes

Lebanon's post-Civil War generation flock to streets without fear

Since the start of Lebanon's massive country-wide protests, youngsters have been constantly on the front lines of the protests calling for ...

Anger as Turkey lawmakers set to introduce 'marry-your-rapist' bill

The New Arab

Anger as Turkey lawmakers set to introduce 'marry-your-rapist' bill

A bill intended to grant amnesties for child rapists if they marry their victim is due to be introduced later this month in Turkey.

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after religious debate

The New Arab & agencies

Bangladesh closes breast milk bank after religious debate

Bangladesh's top Islamic leadership has not yet made a ruling on the milk bank, but it was halted after critics said the plan could lead to ...

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Alessandra Bajec

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Dozens of women in Jordan face attempted murders, death threats and physical abuse at the hands of their own families, under the logic of an ...

Lebanese women press for legal protection against domestic violence

Alessandra Bajec

Lebanese women press for legal protection against domestic violence

Lebanese women are pushing for a serious stance on laws to protect them against domestic violence amid large discontent over an inadequate legal ...

The New Arab & agencies

Hundreds of Pakistani girls 'sold as brides to China'

An AP investigation earlier this year revealed how Pakistan's Christian minority has become a new target of brokers who pay impoverished parents to marry off their daughters to Chinese husbands.

Sarah Khalil

This is why feminist issues are driving Lebanon's protests

While demonstrating dire economic conditions and rampant corruption of the country's political elite, Lebanese women are also fighting for an ...

The New Arab

Palestinian Authority outlaws child marriage in occupied West Bank

Previously under the West Bank's legal system - a hybrid of Ottoman, British, Jordanian and PA laws - the legal marriage age was 15 for ...

Karim Traboulsi

Five things you need to know about Lebanon's protests

Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life have hit the streets to protest government corruption and austerity measures and to ...

Ilhan Omar files for divorce amid 'affair allegations'

The New Arab

Ilhan Omar files for divorce amid 'affair allegations'

Omar filed to split from husband Ahmed Hirsi on her 37th birthday on Friday, according to the US House of Representatives’ archives.

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Two million Yemeni children out of school risk exploitation

Almost two million children in war-torn Yemen are out of school, which means they face increased risks including various forms of ...

Saudi guardianship reforms ‘a charade’, says HRW

The New Arab

Saudi guardianship reforms ‘a charade’, says HRW

Recent loosening of guardianship laws does not guarantee Saudi women can freely travel abroad, HRW warned, lambasting the regime’s detention of ...

My Past Is a Foreign Country

Sarah Shaffi

My Past Is a Foreign Country

Book Club: My Past is a Foreign Country is a must-read memoir, made all the more so by the vulnerability and honesty with which the author Zeba ...

British-Iranian FGM researcher arrested in Iran on unknown charges

The New Arab & agencies

British-Iranian FGM researcher arrested in Iran on unknown charges

A British-Iranian anthropologist known for studying politically sensitive topics, including FGM and LGBTQ issues, has been detained in a Tehran ...

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