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‘The Underground Girls of Kabul’ sheds light on the various facets, effects and outcomes of the practice Baccha Posh in Afghanistan, where girls are brought up as boys in families that have no male members. (Credit: ArmyAmber, Pixabay)

‘The Underground Girls of Kabul’ sheds light on the various facets, effects and outcomes of the practice Bacha Posh in Afghanistan, where girls are brought up as boys in families that have no male members. (Credit: ArmyAmber, Pixabay)

Sex is, by definition, illegal in Afghanistan: The marriage contract is what finally turns it into a permissible act between husband and wife. Many a time, Afghan women joke about the unfortunate “chore” of being in bed with their husbands. But this “chore” becomes unbearable for women who have spent their entire childhood thinking they were boys. Bacha posh, or girls raised and presented to the world as boys, is a ‘hidden’ Afghan custom.

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04.03.2015 | 14:40

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Beauty and reality – How 25 years of Photoshop changed our perception of reality

 

Kate Moss (Copyright: picture alliance/AP Photo/C. Mcdean)

Kate Moss (Copyright: picture alliance/AP Photo/C. Mcdean)

This month marks 25 years since the launch of Photoshop. The image editing software has revolutionized the art of photo processing and our perception of reality – from ideals of beauty to media manipulation.

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04.03.2015 | 13:33

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Women in the News

(Copyright: picture-alliance/dpa)

(Copyright: picture-alliance/dpa)

In 2012 an Indian student was violently raped on a moving bus in Delhi and died of horrific internal injuries. Leslee Udwin spoke to one of the rapists on death row while spending two years making a documentary about the case, “India’s Daughter”. But now the Indian government has banned the broadcast of the film. Read also other women’s news that made it to the headlines.

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04.03.2015 | 10:44

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Two women save Kenya’s anti-cancer tree

Dorothy Namyai analyses the bark of the Prunus Africana (Copyright: DW/H. Fischer)

Dorothy Namyai analyses the bark of the Prunus Africana (Copyright: DW/H. Fischer)

The Prunus Africana tree contains ingredients that help fight illnesses like prostate cancer. But the tree is now under threat. Two Kenyan women have taken up the fight to protect this valuable tree.

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04.03.2015 | 10:12

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Asia-Pacific women ‘under-represented’ in leadership roles

Copyright: Fotolia/Creativa

Copyright: Fotolia/Creativa

Despite being better educated, women in the region face a host of key issues such as employment discrimination, gender pay gap and a deeply entrenched cultural bias against working women, says MasterCard’s Georgette Tan.

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04.03.2015 | 9:23

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