Her Rights

A new generation of women fight for civil rights at home — and around the globe. Follow along and join the #HerRights conversation on social media.


Why this Sudanese activist works for women’s rights: ‘I remember the look in their eyes’


Sudanese human rights activist Mohamed Abubakr remembers the first time his sisters were forced to don the hijab after Islamists came into power in the 1990s and implemented Sharia law.

Migrant domestic workers marched in Beirut, Lebanon on May 1.

Migrant domestic workers are unionizing and taking on their bosses in Lebanon

Erica Lachowitz, left, and Austin J. Fonville

What everyday life is like for transgender people living in North Carolina

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Lights are projected onto the Trevi Fountain to make it look rainbow coloured to celebrate the civil unions bill in Rome May 11, 2016.

Italy, in an historic vote, has approved same-sex civil unions

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A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access adorns the bathroom stalls at the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina

Why a 1920s legal move is responsible for the gender-segregated bathrooms we have today

On a train home from Lagos to Kano, a Hausa woman reads a romance novel with the flashlight of her phone.

Amid religious violence, Nigerians are writing steamy romance novels


Nigeria’s romance novels, known as “littattafan soyayya,” shift between morality tales and pulp romance.

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US women’s team files wage discrimination act against US Soccer


“It’s about equal rights,” says Hope Solo.

Protesters stand outside of the courthouse before an Ontario judge found former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi not guilty on four sexual assault charges and one count of choking.

What’s behind the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sex assault trial?


A social media firestorm in Canada has followed the acquittal of former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi in the first of two sexual assault trials.

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This 23-year-old woman just opened India’s first rehab clinic for acid attack survivors


The groundbreaking New Delhi center supports survivors medically, legally, emotionally and financially.

Women walking in Pristina, Kosovo.

‘I’ve been grabbed, followed, yelled at, sworn at’


Since moving back to Kosovo, my birthplace, from Canada four years ago, I’ve been grabbed, followed, yelled at, sworn at, and heard all sorts of disgusting commentary about my legs, my body, my genitals, you name it, all while simply walking down the street. New research shows what Kosovar women have always known: street harassment affects women across Kosovo, regardless of geographical location, ethnicity, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness.