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New Suffragettes

A hundred years after Emily Wilding Davison threw herself under the King’s racehorse at the Derby, the rights she fought for are largely taken for granted in Britain. But there are still many places around the world where women risk their lives in pursuit of basic freedoms.


In Saudi Arabia women cannot drive, have no freedoms and as yet do not have electoral equality with males, although some changes are being introduced, slowly.


Millions of women who stood with men during Arab Spring uprisings are now being pushed back into veils, homes, impotence or imprisonment. In Iran’s elections next month, women are banned from standing. Those we saw in the last election have been suppressed or jailed.


Yet women all around the world, with extraordinary courage, are continuing to fight. Some are among the “New Suffragettes” who will be celebrated in this week-long series.


Case studies

Special Report:

The New Suffragettes: Unfinished Business

Emily Davison:

How the suffragettes targeted sport

Britain:

A history of women's suffrage

The protest movement:

Witness the bare-chested defiance of Femen

Pussy Riot:

The band that dared rock Russia's establishment

Iran:

Shirin Ebadi - the international figurehead

Saudi Arabia:

Campaigning for the right to drive

Courage in Cairo:

The Arab women’s awakening

Mexico:

Lydia Cacho - justice for women means the right to live in safety

Ireland and abortion:

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