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‘Nobody is coming to help us’: Afghan teenage girls on life without school

Barred from school for 1,000 days, girls in Afghanistan face forced marriage, violence and isolation with no end in sightJust over three years ago, Asma’s* future contained many possibilities. Aged 15, she was at secondary school. After that lay the pr…

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Married at 10, abused and forced to flee without her children: an Afghan woman on life under the Taliban

Now living in comparative freedom in Iran, 26-year-old Mahtab Eftekhar describes facing motherhood at 12 and explains why seeking justice for other women means she no longer fears deathAt the age of 10, while still in the third grade, I received news f…

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Peace, love and crispy rice crepe pizza: how to cook and eat like you’re on holiday in Nepal

This veg-topped pancake is a Kathmandu favourite – and carrot pudding with cardamom offers a cuddle in a bowlAlongside “Namaste”, “Have you eaten yet?” is a common greeting in Nepal. For millennia the land where Buddha was born has been home to a multi…

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No crops, no brides: how rising seas are killing India’s coastal villages

As the sea inundates Odisha’s coastline, livelihoods have withered with the harvest and weddings are a rarity as young women refuse to move to areas where they see no futurePhotographs by Aishwarya MohantyIn Udaykani, a coastal village in the east Indi…

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‘Me and my menopause’: a view from women around the world

Millions of women are being let down by lack of support during and after menopause. We asked six, from Brazil to Bangladesh, to share their stories of fighting stigma, dealing with symptoms and supporting othersRead more: A menopause revolution is stir…

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Woman making Christmas jumpers for UK turns to sex work to pay bills

Story of garment worker’s ordeal in Bangladesh, where she works in a factory producing clothes for brands including Tesco, Matalan and Next, shines light on low factory wagesEvery night, Ruby Rafiq* lies awake on the cold, hard floor of her small room,…

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How a father’s love for his daughter challenged India’s ‘rape culture’

The story of girl’s refusal to be shamed by her gang-rape and a father’s fight for justice, defying a village’s hostility and the dead weight of patriarchy, is told in Nisha Pahuja’s film To Kill a TigerWhen his 13-year-old daughter stumbled home six y…

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So many Indian women struggle with their body image. We need to talk about why | Pragya Agarwal

It is easy to blame Bollywood and the media for unrealistic expectations of beauty – but there are deeper social factors at workWhen Indian actor Aishwarya Rai, once Miss World, walked the runway at Paris fashion week for L’Oréal this month, the online…

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Are women getting angrier? Maybe they’re just giving themselves permission to show it | Pragya Agarwal

Anger is still seen as admirable in men but unacceptable in women. It’s time to end the tyranny of gendered emotionsWhen the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team was banned for two matches and fined for smashing the stumps with her bat in an angr…

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