Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource centre for gender equality protest in downtown Beirut against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code. The article shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practised in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family’s so-called “honour.” Photo Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty
A bride looks up from behind her veil during a mass marriage ceremony organised for 22 Muslim couples in Mumbai, India. Rajanish Kakade/AP
Three Palestinian women sit on a beachfront as a wave comes rushing by in Gaza City. Photo Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty
Indian villagers wait in a queue outside a bank to deposit and exchange 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Chandrapur Village. Photo Biju Boro/AFP/Getty
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Afghan women walk with their children through the old quarters of Herat
Women shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar, against the recent killings in Kashmir
An armed woman loyal to the Houthi movement holds a rifle as she takes part in a parade to show support for the movement in Sanaa, Yemen
A paramilitary police officer (right) turns around as hostesses line up for roll call ahead of the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing.
Pakistan’s first women only rickshaw service was meant to provide its staff with a new way of gaining financial independence and its passengers with the chance of a ride without being groped and harassed by male drivers. But, after just a year in business, the “Pink Rickshaw” in the Punjabi city of Lahore, is struggling
Hindu women collect water from the Pushkar lake to pour on idols of Lord Shiva, on occasion of Mahashivratri festival in Pushkar, India
A Manipuri woman sells smoked and dry fish in Ima market – the world’s largest all women market – in Imphal city, Manipur state, on Wednesday
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Armed Kurdish women militants, man a barricade, on Thursday in the Sur district of Diyarbakir. Tensions rose when pro-Kurdish MP Leyla Zana began her oath with “Biji Asiti”, or “Long live peace” in Kurdish. The phrase triggered a storm that recalled her memorable swearing-in 24 years ago when she also spoke the language that was then still taboo in public.
A female activist lies down on the road near the police barricade during their sleeping protest demanding Women Rights in the upcoming constitution in Kathmandu, Nepal
Ethnic Yao minority women brush their long hair near a creek, in Huangluo village of Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The village, known for the long hair of its female residents, attracts about 80,000 tourists a year. More than 80 women in the village have hair longer than 1.4 metres, with the longest reaching 2.2 metres, according to local media.
Contestants jump into the water pit during the women’s 3000m steeplechase finals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore on Friday
Young Nepalese women cover their faces with bags to protest against violence against women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Recent cases include two acid attacks on school girls in the city and the rape and murder of a six-year-old.
Female Pakistani police commandos take part in an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the past six months
Kashmiri women stand in a queue to cast their votes during the third-phase polling of the Jammu and Kashmir state elections in Budgham, about 28km (17 miles) southwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday.
A couple chat as they sit in swings during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in downtown Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain on Tuesday.
Kashmiri women wait in a queue to cast their votes during the first phase of polling to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections in Lar, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on Tuesday