Women represent half the population in Iraq, but are almost invisible in the public sphere. In this ultra-conservative society, a woman's place is neither at school nor at work, but out of sight at home. Yet some brave women have decided to fight against these traditions, despite the danger. Our reporters went to meet them.
Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed on Friday (November 5) it has postponed the Afghanistan test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the test if the Taliban government, which took power in August, did not allow women and girls to play the sport.
Zainab Saleh found karate as a young girl. Now she uses her annual women-only championship to advocate for the sport in a country where domestic violence and mass kidnapping is endangering the lives of women and girls.
It's being dubbed the world's last opportunity to tackle the climate crisis. Annette Young talks to Osprey Orielle Lake, who's the executive director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, on what needs to come out of the COP26 talks.
Women lifted heavy stones up to their shoulders and swung axes during the Women's Championship of Herri-Kirolak - or Basque sports - as a new generation aims to change attitudes in the traditionally male-dominated sport. The town square in Mungia in northern Spain was packed with spectators to cheer on the female competitors, who are still a relatively unusual sight in the events. Basque sports - Herri-Korolak in the Basque language - showcase displays of strength and stamina associated with the heavy manual labour traditionally associated with rural life in the Basque Country, a region of northern Spain that borders France.
Five mixed raced women taken from their mothers in DR congo as children have gone to court after suing Belgium for crimes against humanity. The trial is the first of its kind. About 15 000 bi racial children were forcibly separated from their black mothers in the former Belgian colonies of DR Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. They were called children of sin and dumped in orphanages by the state.
Despite the threat of violence, we meet those determined to protest for women's rights as the Taliban consolidates its control of the country. Also the Mexican Supreme Court rules that criminalisation of abortion is unconstitutional, paving the way for legalisation. Plus the activists in Togo who are fighting against online harassment of women. This as some 45 percent of women in West Africa are said to be victims of cyber-bullying.
Togolese women say they are pushing back against sexist cyberstalking more than ever. We also report on women construction workers who are helping to change the landscape of the Central African Republic. And Leptis Magna was once one of the most beautiful towns in the Roman Empire, but the Libyan ruins are now on UNESCO’s list of heritage sites in danger.
In Kandahar, the traditional Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, life is full of difficulties and anxiety for women. As the head of a girls-only primary school, Fereshteh Nazari has been able to return to work but along with her colleagues they have not received a salary in two months. Women teachers and girls have been excluded from returning to secondary education. Elsewhere in the ultra-conservative city, men gather to watch traditional wrestling while women are hardly seen in public spaces anymore. One man says: "The international community should not interfere in our internal matters."
Allyson Felix says she is proud of fellow sports stars speaking out on mental health issues, although more has to be done to support athletes including those with young children. Felix was speaking shortly before being confirmed as Sportswoman of the Year at the Annual Salute to Women awards in New York. Tennis player Naomi Osaka, who spoke about her mental health problems earlier this year, was given the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. Felix, 35, is now the most decorated female track and field athlete of all time at the Olympics, and no American has won more than her 11 medals, which included a gold and a bronze in Tokyo.
"It is sad that there are so few women Nobel laureates" says Göran K. Hansson, secretary general of the Royal Swedish academy of sciences, after only one woman, Maria Ressa, was awarded a Nobel Prize this year.
The skateboarding tricks that made Rayssa Leal the youngest Olympic medalist in Brazil's history push girls from early childhood to teenagers onto the country's slopes, where until recently they were the exception.