Producer Richard O'Regan ventured to Iran for Worldfocus and describes his impressions of the changing role of women in Iranian society.
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President Barack Obama announced his choice for the Supreme Court on Tuesday -- Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York whose parents came from Puerto Rico. Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses how the story is playing in Latin America.
There was a political milestone in Kuwait this weekend, where for the first time, women were elected to Kuwait's parliament. It was only four years ago that women won the right to vote in Kuwait.
When Jackie Redd was 14, she was forced to join the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), a rebel group. She was raped and forced to be the "wife" of three men for 11 years, until she escaped in 2001. Jackie is now speaking out.
Some of the biggest victims of Liberia's 14-year civil war were young women who were taken prisoner and forced to fight, or made into sex slaves. Many of them are now struggling to recover and struggling to forget.
Liberia's recovery after years of civil war has been led by women, who for years were among the biggest victims of the rampant violence in that country. Women are now on the front lines of what's become a war on sexual violence.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the political, economic and social implications of the rise of women power players in Africa. Listen now. Micheline Ravololonarisoa, Lynn Sherr and Aili Mari Tripp joined the conversation.
For a 14-year period ending in 2003, Liberia struggled with a brutal civil war, a crippled economy and not much hope. That was until a women's movement started to take hold -- a movement that helped to drive a dictator from power and gave women the kind of opportunities they could never have dreamed of.
As a consequence of India's caste system, the country's lowest class has been forced to work in the sewers. Hema Konsotia is a member of the lower-caste Dalit community, known by some as the "untouchables." She is also a college graduate and union activist who works with Dalits, teaching skills and urging political involvement.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leading Liberia's efforts to rebuild after its 14-year civil war. Watch a video on her role in the country's road to recovery and an extended interview.