Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.
Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday
Members of the German team celebrate their 3-2 win over Japan in the Sochi Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey game at Shayba Arena
An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem‘s old city. A group known as Women of the Wall convene monthly for prayers, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.
Great Britain’s Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell on their way to breaking the world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit, during day one of the 2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the National Cycling Centre, Manchester.
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.’
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.
Women push themselves into a train carriage at Sudimara train station on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday
Women at Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran, Iran, on Friday, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan
Indonesian Muslim women on Tuesday hold prayers at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan.
Female protesters in Egypt shout slogans against President Mohamed Morsi, during a protest in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday. Islamist Mr Morsi criticised an ultimatum by the Egyptian military to resolve a deepening political crisis, as his supporters and opponents vowed to continue protesting. Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group has called on its supporters to take to the streets in support of the president. Protesters opposed to Mr Morsi began arriving at Tahrir Square and near the presidential palace, after opposition groups vowed to demonstrate until the president resigned.
Former indentured housemaids, or ‘Kamalaris’, dressed in traditional attires, attend a protest demanding rehabilitation and social security outside the Singha Durbar office complex, which houses the prime minister’s office and other ministries, in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Kamalaris, who are sold as domestic labourers to work under landlords, often struggle with poverty and re-integration back into society after being freed from servitude.
Hindu women carry Kalash, earthen pots containing sacred water with a coconut on top, during a religious procession locally known as Ganga Kalash Yatra in India’s western city of Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver was fired from his job last autumn, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on Monday.
Women collect water from a pond on the outskirts of Sanaa in Yemen
Female members of the Indonesian military attend a roll call to mark Kartini day in Jakarta. The event is held to enhance integrity and solidarity for Indonesian women commemorating the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini, born in 1879 and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.