Podcast: Atena Farghadani, imprisoned for her art in Iran - voiced by Nazanin Boniadi
"I was immediately put in solitary confinement. My cell was as deep as a grave with very tall walls. It had no window and no toilet. It was infested with insects, and their stings irritated my skin."
Imprisoned for drawing a satirical cartoon, prosecuted for shaking her lawyer's hand in prison - Atena Farghadani has paid a high price for making art and speaking her mind in Iran, where dissent is met with heavy punishment.
Russian lawmakers should drop plans to decriminalise domestic violence
Elections for the Women's Action Network Committee 2018-2020
Our Women's Action Network Committee is expanding. It will now be made up of eight elected members, who each serve voluntarily for two consecutive years.
This year all 8 seats are up for election. This will take place on 9 December 2017 at the Thematic Networks Conference.
The UK country where women face life in prison for an abortion
There is a near-total ban on abortion in Northern Ireland, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. Women face life imprisonment for a health service freely provided on the NHS everywhere else in the UK.
This Victorian-era law dates from a time before the invention of the lightbulb. It must be brought into the 21st century – urgently, before more women are criminalised, forced to travel or left to suffer alone. Abortion is a matter for women and their doctors, not judges.