Masoumeh Ebtekar served as Iran's first female vice-president under the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami. She shares her thoughts on Islam, women and relations between the U.S. and Iran.
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Afghanistan is heading to the polls for national elections -- but out of 41 presidential candidates, only two are women. Progress has been slow since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Masha Hamilton of the Afghan Women's Writing Project describes women's concerns as Afghanistan's future takes shape.
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.
Worldfocus correspondent Lynn Sherr is in Monrovia, Liberia, reporting on how the country is faring following its long civil war. She writes about attending the lively International Colloquium on Women.
Sunday marked International Women’s Day, recognizing economic, political and social achievements of women. Amid celebrations worldwide, from Cameroon to Chile, there were also discussions of continuing gender-based violence and inequality.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes how one theater group in rural Nepal is using drama to combat gender-based violence and work toward equality, in a country where women are often abused and confined in dirty huts during menstruation.