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Comment: Women in Lebanon are fighting not just for better representation, but a complete overhaul of a male-dominated system that fosters inertia, corruption and greed, writes Carmen Geha.

Aicha Attia shared an image of her baby bump on Instagram and confirmed she was four months into a pregnancy, triggering a media frenzy.

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

Nazli Tarzi

Dark crimes spotlight Iraqi women's mental health epidemic

A mother's shocking crime has sparked an outpouring of anguish in Iraq, but also shows society's poor understanding of mental health issues and domestic violence.

At least 30,000 girls forced into <em>marriage</em> in Iran

The New Arab Staff

At least 30,000 girls forced into marriage in Iran

Masoumeh Ebtekar criticised the government after saying at least 30,000 girls under the age of 14 are forced into marriage every year.

Coronavirus crisis mounting in refugee camps

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Coronavirus crisis mounting in refugee camps

Covid-19 cases in refugee camps across the Middle East have spiked in the last month.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN report says rebels in Yemen recruited teenage girls

The report is based on more than 400 accounts and focuses mainly on a period from July 2019 to June this year.

Brooke Anderson

Black Muslims and America's fight for racial justice

Black Muslims are part of the backbone of America's civil rights movement.

Gaia Caramazza

China's war on Uighur women

In-depth: China's mass sterilisation of Uighur Muslim women is rooted in Beijing's obsession with extreme population control.

Kevin Watkins

Preventing a global education disaster

Comment: We must act now to ensure a perfect storm of lost schooling, increased child poverty, and deep budget cuts don't lead to ...

Uproar in Sudan after <em>marriage</em> of four-year-old girl

The New Arab Staff

Uproar in Sudan after marriage of four-year-old girl

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

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 ...

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 ...

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

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 ...

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Hundreds of Pakistani girls 'sold as brides to China'

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 ...

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