Young, Urban Women: The Face of Turkey’s Protest Movement

ISTANBUL, June 10, 2013. By Karim Talbi (AFP) – They are young, urban and well-educated, and for the past week they have been sleeping in an Istanbul park: meet the women on the frontline of Turkey’s mass anti-government protests. “We are the women Erdogan would like to see staying at home,” said actress Sevi Algan, … Read more

Senegal Appoints Female Prime Minister

DAKAR, September 1, 2013 (AFP) – Senegal’s former justice minister, Aminata Toure, has been appointed to replace the prime minister, Abdoul Mbaye, she announced to the press on Sunday after the former government had been dismissed. Toure said after talks at the presidential palace in Dakar that the Senegalese head of state Macky Sall “did … Read more

Turkey to Lift Ban on Headscarves

ANKARA, September 30, 2013. By Fulya Ozerkan (AFP) – Turkey on Monday announced it would lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in most public offices, following other measures critics say are aimed at Islamising the staunchly secular country. In a major speech to introduce political reforms, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that, with a few … Read more