Weekend: This Week’s Women-Related News


Hello readers! Every Sunday we will be publishing women-related news from all over the world.  Whether its politics, health or entertainment, If it’s about women then we are interested, and we will give you a recap of the week’s interesting happenings. Here is some of this week’s women-related news!

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan activist, 14, shot in Swat
Gunmen have wounded a 14-year-old rights activist who has campaigned for girls’ education in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai was attacked on her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s main town.She came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants who had taken control of the valley. A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC they carried out the attack. Read More


On world’s first International Day of the Girl Child
The United Nations marked the first International Day of the Girl Child by calling for an end to child marriage, and stressing education as one of the best strategies for protecting girls against this harmful practice.Read More




Women may be more affected by bad news than men
In a study published in the journal PLoS One on Wednesday, researchers from the University of Montreal found that women produced more stress hormones in tests if they had read negative newspaper stories. Read more



Women use more emoticons while texting than men
The study used smartphone data from men and women over six months and aggregated 124,000 text messages. The participants were given free iPhones to use for the test period but didn’t know what researchers were investigating. the authors found that while women may use emoticons more than men, the men used a larger variety of emoticons to express themselves. Read More

Attractive women ‘likelier to be seen as guilty of murdering hubbies’
Women charged with murder, who plead self defence, are more likely to be perceived as guilty if they have “thick lips” and “smooth and harmonious facial features”, researchers say.The findings made by a team of researchers from the University of Grenada, Spain, contradict the generally held stereotype that beauty deflects criminal responsibility. The findings of the study also showed that women perceived as more independent and in charge of their lives were also more likely to be seen as guilty of murder. Read More

Pregnant women who sleep on their back risk stillbirth
Pregnant women who sleep on their back may increase the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, a five-year Australian study has found.The research titled the “Sydney Stillbirth Study” looked at pregnancies of 295 women from eight hospitals around Australia, the Daily Mail reported. The study found that women who sleep on their back are six times more likely to have a stillborn baby. Read More


Women can inherit the earth rules Botswana judge
A progressive judge in Botswana’s High Court has ruled that the practice of assumed male inheritance should be scrapped, and called for the country’s government to take all other discriminatory laws off the statute books. Justice Key Dingake was hearing a case concerning three sisters whose nephew had sought to take over the family home when their father died on the grounds that he was sole surviving male relative. Read More

Pussy Riot member freed, two head to prison camp
An appeal court in Moscow has ordered one member of punk band Pussy Riot to be released, while upholding the prison sentences for two others. A panel of judges ruled band member Yakaterina Samutsevich will now serve a two-year suspended sentence that will see her released on probation. At a previous hearing, Ms Samutsevich changed lawyers who successfully argued that while she was in a Moscow cathedral for an anti-Vladimir Putin performance, she was not one of the band members on the altar. Two other Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova 22, had their two-year prison sentences upheld. Read More

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