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10/28/2013 - US Ranked 23rd in Women's Equality in Global Gender Gap Index
The World Economic Forum recently released its 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks the US 23rd in women's equality....

10/18/2013 - Nearly 30 Million in Slavery Worldwide
The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based organization, released its first Global Slavery Index Report Wednesday estimating 29.8 million people live in various forms of modern slavery worldwide....

9/24/2013 - Pakistan Frees Taliban Military Commander
Pakistan freed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former Taliban military commander and second in command to Taliban leader Mullah Omar....

9/16/2013 - Pakistan to Release Head of Taliban Military Operations
Pakistan announced last week that it would free captured Taliban commander Mullah Adbul Ghani Baradar later this month....

8/14/2013 - Female Afghan Parliament Member and Family Abducted
Afghan member of Parliament, Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, and her three children were kidnapped on Saturday while they were traveling in Ghanzi by members of the Taliban....

6/24/2013 - Pakistani Actress Attacked with Acid
An 18 year old actress in Pakistan is in critical condition after being attacked with acid for refusing a marriage proposal....

6/19/2013 - Pakistani Women's University Closed Indefinitely
In the wake of a bomb attack on Saturday, the Sardar Bahadur Khan (SBK) Women's University has shut its doors indefinitely....

6/18/2013 - Pakistani Women's University Bus, Hospital Bombed
A bus for a women's university in Pakistan and the hospital that treated victims from the blast were bombed on Saturday, killing 14 students and 24 others at the hospital. The bus was transporting female students and teachers from Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, located in the southwestern part of Pakistan....

4/25/2013 - HRW Report Finds Afghan Women Police Officers Face Harassment, Violence
Female police officers in Afghanistan are fighting harassment in co-ed changing facilities and restrooms at the hands of male colleagues, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the story, released today, HRW found that women in the Afghan police force face sexual harassment, assault, and even rape from male colleagues....

3/27/2013 - Female Teacher Murdered in Pakistan
Earlier today, female teacher Shahnaz Nazli was shot by two men of unknown affiliation on her way to work at a girls school in the village of Shahkas....

1/4/2013 - Malala Yousafzai Released from Hospital
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban forces for her outspoken support of girls' education, was released yesterday from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK....

11/9/2012 - Pakistani Girl's Parents Confess to 'Honor Killing'
A 15-year-old Pakistani girl named Anusha was the victim of an "honor killing" last week at the hands of her parents....

10/12/2012 - Suspects Arrested in Shooting of Pakistani Teen Activist
Pakistani authorities arrested three men today who were allegedly involved in the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan's Swat Valley earlier this week....

10/13/2011 - UNFPA Provides Services to Pakistani Flood Survivors
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is providing humanitarian assistance and reproductive health services and emergency reproductive health kits to the approximately 1.4 million women and girls affected by the flooding in Pakistan....

7/11/2011 - UN Women Lacks Necessary Funding
Six months after the creation of UN Women (UNW), a special agency for women started by the United Nations, the agency lacks the voluntary funding necessary to complete its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, to assist countries in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Initially, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set a 500 million dollar target as an annual budget for UNW, but the agency has only received around 80 million dollars....

1/5/2011 - Pakistani Governor Assassinated
Salman Taseer, the Governor of the Punjab Province and a senior member of the People's Party of Pakistan, was shot and killed yesterday in Islamabad....

10/25/2010 - United States Improves in Global Gender Equality Assessment
The United States made considerable progress toward gender equality in 2009, according to the recently released Global Gender Index Study (GGIS), an annual index released by the World Economic Forum....

10/15/2010 - Nordic Countries Lead in Promoting Gender Equality
In its recently released Global Gender Index Study, the World Economic Forum ranked Nordic countries -Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden - the highest for gender equality....

10/4/2010 - Alleged Stoning of Woman in Pakistan Condemned by US
Last week, the US Department of State released a statement condemning the alleged stoning of a woman by members of the Taliban in northwest Pakistan....

8/25/2010 - New Gas Attack on Afghan Girls' School
A girls' school in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a gas attack yesterday....

7/19/2010 - US Supports UN Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Fourteen members of Congress submitted a letter to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) last Thursday, urging them to recognize the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) as an accredited UN organization....

6/29/2010 - Abortion Hotline in Pakistan Sparks Controversy
In Pakistan, a new hotline that educates women about abortion options was launched yesterday, but has already sparked controversy....

5/14/2010 - Clinton Pledges to Not Abandon Afghan Women
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that the United States will not abandon Afghan women and girls today as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting the United States. According to the Associated Press, Clinton told three senior women Afghan officials who were traveling with Karzai that "We will not abandon you, we will stand with you always." Clinton also said it is "essential that women's rights and women's opportunities are not sacrificed or trampled on in the reconciliation process." Her statements indicate that the US will not support reconciliation with Taliban militants unless they "respect women's rights," renounce the Taliban, and abide by the country's laws, reported the Canadian Press. In February 2010, Dr....

5/12/2010 - Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in New Gas Attack
Two suspected gas attacks on Afghan schoolgirls sickened dozens of girls from the northern Kunduz Province and at least six from Kabul yesterday....

4/15/2010 - Afghan Woman Murdered as She Leaves Work
An 18-year-old Afghan woman was murdered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as she left work Tuesday....