After weeks of tough negotiations, a landmark United Nations agreement has strengthened women's rights.
Many of the acts of aggression against women are based on long-standing customary notions, writes Nyasha Karimakwenda.
Women's rights defenders in Central America are drawing on a formidable network for support and protection.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is deciding whether to veto a "backward" law that would restrict prosecutions for domestic and child abuse.
A young women has been awarded a settlement of R55 000 in a Chinese court for workplace gender discrimination, but she still didn't get the job.
Named after the 23-year-old who was raped and killed in Delhi in 2012, the Nirbheek pistol has been designed for women. But it has drawn criticism.
Readers slam assaults on sex workers and accuse the Mail & Guardian of putting public protector Thuli Madonsela in danger.
Most women don't have time to fight for their gender all the time. They may even diet or twerk. Feminism can ill afford to lose their voices.
The head of UN Women has called for urgent action to ensure the impact of global crises is not disproportionately borne by women, writes Liz Ford.
Promoting discussions about sexuality and a culture that respects the dignity of everyone will help marginalised people such as sex workers.
Three European activists with radical women's protest group Femen have been handed four-month jail sentences by a Tunisian court.
Afghanistan's Parliament failed to pass a law banning violence against women, a severe blow to progress made in women's rights in the country.
In the 1980s Iraqi women enjoyed more basic rights than other women in the region, but years of dictatorship has led to deterioration in their status.
The anti-pornography Bill would outlaw "provocative" clothing on women, censor film and television and restrict personal internet use.
Faced with a spike in sexual violence against female protesters, Egypt's women have been overcoming stigma and recounting painful testimonies.
Women's rights in Morocco are poised to improve with the probable scrapping of a law allowing rapists of minors to avoid jail by marrying them.
The death of a victim of gang rape in India is predicted to spark a new of protests and more national debate about violence against women.
A report has shown that some of the basic human rights enshrined in the Constitution are still contested in communities across South Africa.
Swazi women have challenged King Mswati III on the monarchy's lavish lifestyle in the face of abject poverty and disease.
Women in Islamic North Africa have quietly and steadily overcome tradition and law to advance their rights.