“Women Erased in Israel, Flogged in Pakistan and Restricted in Afghanistan”

The New York Times headline neatly wraps up three stories about the at times grim, and in the photoshopping case verging on farcical, struggle for women’s rights across much of the Middle East:

On Friday, The Associated Press reported that Israeli newspapers “aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jewish readers” digitally manipulated a photograph of the new Israeli government, to remove two female cabinet ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver…

The Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports on Friday that Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, is “taking serious notice of the public flogging of a girl in Swat” [footage of which was broadcast by Channel 4] and “has ordered the authorities to inquire into the incident and submit a report.”…

All this comes just days after human rights groups expressed concern at a new law in Afghanistan that they say may severely curtail the rights of some women in the country.

You can read the full report, and watch the Channel 4 footage, on the New York Times site.

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