With advances and setbacks, a year of struggle for women's rights

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From the US revoking the federal right to abortion to Afghanistan mandating the burqa and gradually banning women from public spaces, FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the main events that marked the struggle for women’s rights around the world over the past year.

From one continent to another, women both achieved milestones and encountered setbacks in 2022.

Iran has been dominated by riots and demonstrations provoked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian Kurdish woman who died in custody after the country’s morality police arrested her for violating hijab laws.

In Afghanistan, more than a year after the Taliban returned to power, the situation is becoming increasingly worrying for women. Following several decades of social progress for Afghan women – and despite the promises of the Taliban, who had already imposed an ultra-rigorous application of Islam between 1996 and 2001 – they are once again being forced to wear the burqa and girls are banned from attending school.

But the fight for women's rights has resulted in a few victories, which although they sometimes seem small are nonetheless symbolic.

FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the main events that marked the struggle for women’s rights around the world in 2022.


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