Japan is one of very few industrialised countries to presently implement the law which requires married couples to share one surname. Although they must not necessarily take the man’s name, women’s rights activists are campaigning for change as the law is unprogressive in terms of gender equality.
Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian-American economist and international development expert, made history on the 1st March when she was appointed as not only the first woman, but also the first person of African ethnicity to be the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
The Saudi Arabian feminist activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released from prison on probation after serving nearly 3 years on charges of spying and conspiracy. Al-Hathloul is one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists, known for her vocal opposition to the law which prevented Saudi women from being allowed to drive.