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Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot of La Barbe (The Beard), a French feminist group, pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Photo by Bastien Inzaurralde/The Christian Science Monitor
Women Around the World: Three stories of politics, women’s rights, and efforts at change in Kenya, France, and India
In Kenya solar lamps reduce childbirth risks
Instead of relying on moonlight or dangerous and smoky kerosene lamps, midwives now use solar-powered lamps to make childbirth safer in remote regions of Kenya that are off the electric grid.
Do French women need feminism?
Working French women, backed by generous government policies, enjoy a reputation for ‘having it all.’ But that may not mean what Americans might think.
India gang rape: Why was everyone so slow to help?
India has no ‘Good Samaritan Law’ to give legal protection to people who step in, and Indians tend to avoid getting tangled with police.

Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot of La Barbe (The Beard), a French feminist group, pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Photo by Bastien Inzaurralde/The Christian Science Monitor

Women Around the World: Three stories of politics, women’s rights, and efforts at change in Kenya, France, and India

In Kenya solar lamps reduce childbirth risks

Instead of relying on moonlight or dangerous and smoky kerosene lamps, midwives now use solar-powered lamps to make childbirth safer in remote regions of Kenya that are off the electric grid.

Do French women need feminism?

Working French women, backed by generous government policies, enjoy a reputation for ‘having it all.’ But that may not mean what Americans might think.

India gang rape: Why was everyone so slow to help?

India has no ‘Good Samaritan Law’ to give legal protection to people who step in, and Indians tend to avoid getting tangled with police.

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Here’s a sampling from our 30 Under 30 list. We’ve got a jazz phenom, an imam (and the NYCPD’s youngest chaplain), a chef, a mayor and human right’s activist, all still in their 20s.

We’ll be teasing out the full list over the coming days, here’s a preview of a few of our favorites:

Find the full gallery of our selections here.

(special thanks to Concord Music Group for Esperanza’s photo, Human Rights First for Shehrbano’s photo, Saffron Restaurant for Sameh’s photo and Monitor photographers Ann Hermes and Melanie Stetson Freeman for the photos of Khalid, Sameh and Alex.)

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"So we may have just had the so-called Arab Spring, but in much of the Middle East, restraining free speech remains very much in style."

— Reporter Dan Murphy explains Israel and Iraq restricting free-speech in various forms. He shares the Human Rights Watch report findings in the Backchannels blog.

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Part two of our FutureFocus series “Innovation - How it’s improving the way we live.” reports on a satellite “spy” cam providing proof of and helping to prevent human rights atrocities across the globe.

Look for part three of the series tomorrow and join us on Facebook to join the conversation on the FutureFocus series.