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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Women’s History Month 2023: Women Around the World

Examining the current issues such as Women’s reproductive rights in the U.S., the Hijab Law in Iran, and banning women from education in Afghanistan with the Truxal Library’s resources



Women's History Month serves as a reminder of the persistent struggle for gender equality and the need to continue advocating for the rights and recognition of women around the world. The month is an opportunity to acknowledge the pivotal role of women in shaping society and to inspire future generations to continue to push for progress and change. Please visit this site to see a complete listing of all of AACC's Women's History Month events. 

What is the current situation of girls' and women's education

in Afghanistan?

Since September 2021, the return to school for all Afghan girls over the age of 12 have been indefinitely postponed leaving 1.1 million girls and young women without access to formal education. Currently, 80% of school-aged Afghan girls and young women – 2.5 million people are out of school. Nearly 30% of girls in Afghanistan have never entered primary education.

In December 2022, university education for women was suspended until further notice, affecting over 100,000 female students attending government and private higher education institutions.

The number of women in higher education had increased almost 20 times during 2001 and 2018 and before the recent suspension one out of three young women were enrolled in universities.

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Protest against Hijab Law in Iran

Ms. Amini, 22, was arrested by Iran’s “morality police” in the capital, Tehran, on 13 September, for allegedly not wearing a hijab in full compliance with mandatory requirements.   

She fell into a coma shortly after collapsing at a detention centre and died three days later from a heart attack, according to the authorities.

Since her death, thousands have joined anti-government demonstrations throughout the country. 

Security forces have responded at times with live ammunition, and many people have been killed, injured and detained in the protests. 

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending right to abortion upheld for decades in the U. S. 

In a historic and far-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade on Friday, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists.--exerpt from

Women's reproductive rights protests are demonstrations or marches organized by individuals and groups advocating for the right of women to control their reproductive health and access to safe and legal abortion services. These protests aim to raise awareness about the issues surrounding women's reproductive health and to demand policy changes that protect women's rights to make decisions about their bodies and reproductive health.

Library photo courtesy of Barry Halkin Photography