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Woman known as iconic 'Afghan Girl' granted refugee status in Italy

Sharbat Gula, the "Afghan Girl" made famous after featuring on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985, has been granted refugee status by Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to an Italian government press office statement.

Polish protesters blame woman’s death on new abortion law
Polish protesters blame woman’s death on new abortion law

People lit candles on All Saint’s Day, a religious holiday when Poles visit cemeteries and mourn the dead. They placed the candles in front of Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, which issued a ruling last year that led to the tightening of what was already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws.

‘Marginalized’: Women trail men in some vaccine efforts
‘Marginalized’: Women trail men in some vaccine efforts

“If women do not get vaccinated at the same rates as men, they will become even more marginalized,” said Clare Wenham, an associate professor of global health policy at the London School of Economics. “This will just be one more instance where they are excluded from society.”

First Person: Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan
First Person: Levelling the gender playing field in Jordan

Discussing gender equality in Jordan can lead to difficult conversations, as Balqees Shahin, a volunteer for the UN Women gender equality campaign HeforShe, has discovered. Marking International Day of The Girl Child on Monday, Ms. Shahin told UN News that online games can help young people to address gender issues.

List of Taliban Policies Violating Women’s Rights in Afghanistan
List of Taliban Policies Violating Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

When Taliban was previously in power from 1996 to 2001, they banned most education for women and girls and confined women to their homes unless a male family member was with them, denying them access to most jobs — or even freedom to leave their house for a walk.