Monday International “women in the news” roundup

16 May

SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi royal family watched on as the world’s largest women-only university was opened in Riyadh at the order of King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz. Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University will serve up to 50,000 students in a bid to boost Saudi global competitiveness with women’s higher education.

INDIA: The BBC’s India correspondent Soutik Biswas discusses the growing power of India’s women politicians. Meanwhile, a husband in Hyderabad killed his six-months-pregnant wife after he found out she was going to bear him a daughter.

CHINA: The pole dancing craze has now made it to China, apparently.

TAIWAN: Taiwan has announced it will begin punishing sex-selective abortions after discovering a skewed birth ratio in 2010 that indicated 3,000 “missing” female babies.

PAKISTAN: Young women in Pakistan fight the radicalization of rural areas with grassroots organizing to support women’s equality.


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