Mothers from Sri Lanka’s Dead and Missing Persons Parents organisation hold photographs of loved ones as they take part in a protest in Jaffna, about 400 km north of Colombo. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is flying to Jaffna, which bore the brunt of the fighting, to meet victims of the civil war which raged for decades. Read more
Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ Read more
Activists from the women’s rights group Femen protest outside the Saudi embassy in Berlin at the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. A small number of women in Saudi Arabia protested on Saturday against the ban on women driving. The Arab state is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving a car.
A suspected Syrian soldier is captured by Free Syrian Army fighters during what the FSA says is an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Qobtan village in Aleppo on Thursday. Read more
A demonstrator wears a T-shirt with a picture of a rouged Vladimir Putin as he takes part in a protest against the new Russian law on homosexuality in Copenhagen, Denmark. The protest march went from Christiansborg Castle to the Russian Embassy in Copenhagen. Read more
Activists participate in a mock force feeding outside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on Tuesday to protest the use of force feeding on prisoners held in Guantánamo by the US government. President Barack Obama vowed to close the facility when he first took office in 2009, but four years on the military prison set up in the wake of the September 11 attacks still holds 166 men.
Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on Monday. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today Read more
Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court ruled that the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma) was unconstitutional. The high court ruled to strike down Doma and determined that California’s proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage was not properly before them, declining to overturn the lower court’s striking down of the law.
A police officer asks gay marriage advocate David Baker for a photo ID as he holds a pro gay marriage sign in front of the US Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington. The high court may rule on Hollingsworth v Perry which challeges California’s Proposition 8, a ban on same sex marriage. Read more