Gender refers to the socially constructed roles, activities and attributes that a particular society considers appropriate for men and women, explains the World Health Organization. The distinct roles, reinforced by legal systems and religion, have historically given rise to gender inequalities not only in health care but with education and employment opportunities. Globalization has challenged the most archaic perceptions of gender roles through books, films and other media; new technologies in satellite television and the internet; policies of multinational corporations and tourism. Human rights groups reach across borders to lend support and inspiration to those in other lands; the United Nations and other international target gender equality as a major goal.

India Seeks to Regulate Booming “Rent-a-Womb” Industry

Nation will decide if surrogacy is needed health service or exploitation
Nita Bhalla, Mansi Thapliyal
October 2, 2013

Pakistan’s Malala Problem: Teen Activist’s Global Celebrity Not Matched at Home

Schoolgirl’s shooting underscores the desperation of illiteracy
Omar Waraich
July 19, 2013

“I Am With the Uprising of Arab Women”

Women’s rights, equality contribute to a stable society
Marcia C. Inhorn
May 21, 2013

In China, Delhi Gang Rape Spurs Online Debate, Censorship

Chinese envy Indians’ ability to protest
Ananth Krishnan
January 1, 2013

Egypt: 10,000 March in Protest at Woman Dragged Half-Naked Through Street

Video of military attacks on women shocks world and could hasten transfer of power
December 26, 2011

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