The status of Pakistani women in Swat province remains on edge after a Feb. 16 ceasefire agreement between the provincial government and the Taliban, reports the Helsinki Times.
India’s new Department of Education kicked off its work with an initiative to improve equal opportunity for rural students, starting with the female literacy rate and career gender gap.
A growing group of Muslim women from 47 countries recently came together to discuss the imperative of female equality in Muslim society. A Feb. 16 article by the New York Times recounts how in Indonesia and throughout the Middle East, women are using the Koran as a tool of progress, not suppression.
On Feb. 16, the Pakistani government announced an agreement with the Taliban to observe strict Islamic sharia law in the North West Frontier Province in an effort to bring stability to the region. Sharia Islamic law is interpreted differently by Muslim sects, but the Taliban have consistently used it as their basis for limiting the rights of women.