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Latest update : 2014-02-27

Fighting for women's rights in Swat Valley

In Swat Valley, a former stronghold of the Taliban in Pakistan, a group of women are taking certain legal matters into their own hands. In this fiercly patriarchal society, disputes are traditionally resolved by a meeting of elders, and that means men. This parallel justice system is known as the jirga. Until now, it was always a male-only domain, and in some cases such as honour killings, women's rights were ignored. Now a group of women has decided to speak up and create their own female jirga

By Taha SIDDIQUI , Sylvain LEPETIT

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2017-04-21 France

Fighting fuel poverty in France

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2017-04-19 Russia

How Russian activists are getting around strict laws on protesting

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2017-04-18 Philippines

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2017-04-17 France

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Despite heightened surveillance and draconian control measures, the answers from nuclear analysts is far from unanimous. Despite these questions, the French power giant that...

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2017-04-14 Turkey

Erdogan's push for more power: Who will vote against him?

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