‘It’s not against Islam’: Pakistani trans actor tells of deep sadness over film ban

Exclusive: Alina Khan, star of award-winning Joyland, speaks out as the movie’s licence for domestic release is revoked, putting its Oscar contention in doubtA transgender star of an award-winning Pakistan film that depicts a love affair between a man …

Young girls being sold in India to repay loans, says human rights body

Notice issued to Rajasthan state government demanding police inquiry into ‘abominable’ practiceYoung girls in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan are being sold as “repayment” for loans their parents cannot afford, the national body that protects hu…

We fled the Taliban in chaos, shock and terror. A year later we have a new home and hope | Zahra Joya

My work as a journalist made us targets. Now we have a safe new home and I am determined to keep reporting on the bravery of Afghan women and girlsJust over a year ago, I watched in horror from my window as Taliban gunmen appeared on the corner of the …

‘I was a policewoman. Now I beg in the street’: life for Afghan women one year after the Taliban took power

Students, mothers, widows, workers and artists explain how their world has altered under ‘gender apartheid’One year ago, the Taliban swept through Afghanistan, taking control of the country amid the chaos of the US and UK troop withdrawal.Now women’s l…

More than 5,000 people are missing in Balochistan. I want my father back | Sammi Deen Baloch

Pakistan’s security services have ‘disappeared’ Baloch people for 20 years, yet we are portrayed as terrorists. We need justiceI started protesting after my father, Dr Deen Mohammed Baloch, was abducted from his hospital in Khuzdar, Balochistan, on 28 …

Tanzila Khan: disability rights campaigner tells young women ‘the world is yours’

Winner of the inaugural Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment award says she saw mainstream culture did not represent her, so she created her own spaceTanzila Khan does not like people feeling too sorry for themselves – or for her.“I don’t like sob stories …

Male Afghan TV presenters mask up to support female colleagues after Taliban decree

#FreeHerFace campaign gathers force as high-profile men rebel against crackdown on face coverings in AfghanistanMale TV presenters in Afghanistan are wearing face masks on screen to show solidarity after the Taliban issued an order that all women on ne…

My grandmother is challenging patriarchal land values in India. I’m so proud of her | Shreya Kalia

Daughters too often get cut out of their inheritance, but more women are standing up for their rights – and change is comingWhen my 67-year-old grandmother, Poli, learned that her four brothers had divided all the family land among themselves, she was …

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