As International Women's Day (IWD) rolls across the globe, individuals in countries everywhere are observing it through marches, protests, music, sports, strikes, at both local and national levels. While some of these events celebrate the achievements women make in the world everyday, others push for further gender equality and activism. Deutsche Welle brings you the latest highlights below. All updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) 16:03 US President Donald Trump comments on International Women's Day (IWD) Trump, who in the past has been accused of harboring mysogynistic views on account of derogatory comments he had made about women, said on Twitter that he was "honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world," adding in another tweet that he had "tremendous respect for women." 14:50 German women innovate in the digital realm One of the main battles for women today remains breaking into and rising to the top of … [Read more...] about International Women’s Day highlights – Women of the world, unite!
Equal protection of the law
Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing will be the dramatic culmination of several cases from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee . It's a weaving together of very different personal stories. In Michigan, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse want the protections that marriage would give to their four children. They had to adopt them as individuals because their state won't allow a same-sex couple to do so. Not far away in Ohio, James Obergefell wants recognition of his marriage to his late husband John Arthur. They married in Maryland in 2013; Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex unions performed out of state means that Obergefell is not named on Arthur's death certificate. Campaigners say it couldn't be clearer: states that refuse to license - or recognize - marriages for same-sex couples are denying them "equal protection of the laws" as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The arguments Sarah Warbelow is one of the lawyers making that case before the … [Read more...] about Same-sex marriage in US: Equality through the courts?
Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid is at home in the East and the West. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1971, as a child he moved to California where his father taught at Stanford University. Hamid would later move to the US East Coast, to study at Harvard Law School and Princeton University. After his studies, he worked in New York as a business consultant and began to write. As a Muslim, Hamid's experiences living in the US after the 9/11 attacks found an outlet in his 2007 novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." The book, an international best-seller, was translated into 25 languages. Hamid then relocated to London and worked as a freelance journalist and novelist. In 2009, he moved back to Lahore. His 2013 novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," made the shortlist for Germany's 2014 International Literature Award. His latest novel, "Exit West," was published in March and has made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize. DW spoke with Hamid at the … [Read more...] about Mohsin Hamid: Writers need to create ‘optimistic visions’ of the future
The Supreme Court has heard arguments on marriage equality . As the nine justices convened Tuesday, activists on both sides rallied in front of the court building. Tuesday's arguments centered on laws banning same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee - four of the 13 states that currently prohibit it . Thirty-seven states and the federal District of Columbia, where the court is located, protect marriage equality. The four liberal-leaning justices seemed to favor gay marriage, but the court's right wing, including Chief Justice John Roberts, appeared inclined to back the right of states to restrict the definition of marriage. The justices should deliver the ruling - their most anticipated of the year - by the end of June. Outside the courthouse, some supporters of same-sex marriage drew parallels between older laws banning mixed-race marriage and the issue debated Tuesday. 'A wrong premise' Justice Anthony Kennedy often casts the deciding vote in split courts … [Read more...] about Washington: US Supreme Court examines marriage equality
Angela Sharifi started learning to drive a year ago. She says she is quite good now and has much more clutch control.Angela is a rarity. "You see the men standing around on the streets, staring with open mouths. They are so surprised all they can do is stand there and watch," she says. "They look as though they've seen a ghost. Some men even say it is a sign the end of times are coming," she says laughing. Angela is a member of the provincial council in Ghor. She knows how to assert herself in a male-dominated society. Luckily, it is not only the men who stare at her, and at least they don't bother or insult her, she says. She adds that her husband helped and supported her while learning to drive. Equal testing Chaghcharan, the capital of the Ghor province, is not a very developed town. It is very traditional and it has less than two kilometers (1.2 miles) of paved streets. The country has a total of about 12,350 kilometers of paved roads. There are no street signs along the way. … [Read more...] about Women behind the wheel – the ‘beginning of the end’
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday that if elected his first priority would be to deport thousands of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. "On day one, I am going to begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country -- including removing the hundreds of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that have been released into US communities under the Obama-Clinton administration," Trump said in Des Moines, Iowa. Adding new details of how he would tackle illegal immigration, Trump told supporters in the swing state that he would establish a tracking system to deport illegal immigrants who overstay, and set up an e-verify system to ensure they do not receive welfare or other benefits. "If we don't enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border - it's as simple as that," he said. Trump has so far provided few concrete plans on how he would deal with immigration, except for his idea to build a wall along the Mexican … [Read more...] about Trump says he will deport thousands of illegal immigrants on day one
For centuries Europe has been an idea, holding out hope of peace and understanding. That hope has been fulfilled. European unification has made peace and prosperity possible. It has brought about a sense of community and overcome differences. Each Member State has helped to unite Europe and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. Thanks to the yearning for freedom of the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe the unnatural division of Europe is now consigned to the past. European integration shows that we have learnt the painful lessons of a history marked by bloody conflict. Today we live together as was never possible before. We, the citizens of the European Union, have united for the better. I. In the European Union, we are turning our common ideals into reality: for us, the individual is paramount. His dignity is inviolable. His rights are inalienable. Women and men enjoy equal rights. We are striving for peace and freedom, for democracy and the rule of law, for mutual respect … [Read more...] about Text of the Berlin Declaration to Mark 50 Years of the EU
Thorsten Benner is director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) in Berlin. As of May 2, Deutsche Telekom (DT), Germany's former state monopolist turned stock-listed telecommunication provider, will no longer sell flat-rate Internet access packages. Users who exceed a monthly data allowance will face severe cuts to the quality of their service - in the worst case throwing them back to the stone age of the dial-up modem. DT's own "Entertain" streaming platform will be exempted from the volume limits. Other content providers presumably could enjoy the same royal treatment - if they are willing to pay DT a little extra. After announcing the new policy, DT ran into a firestorm of protests. CEO René Obermann faced a broad and diverse coalition ranging from Internet activists to German economics minister Philipp Rösler. The influential German blogger Sascha Lobo accused the company of "strangling the Internet." Rösler sent a letter to Obermann expressing his concern … [Read more...] about The awakening of the German ‘netizen?’
Soner Cagaptay is the director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has taught courses on the Middle East at Yale and Princeton and is currently also a professor at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University . DW-WORLD.DE: The United States has always been a strong advocate of Turkey joining the European Union. Europe agreed to formally begin accession talks a year ago, but the tide of public opinion, especially in Germany and France, is against Turkey . At best, Europeans view the US as meddling in EU internal affairs, since the decision to admit Turkey is up to all 25, soon to be 27 members ( Bulgaria and Romania are set to join in 2007). Why should Turkey 's status in Europe matter to the Americans? Soner Cagaptay: Regardless of what European leaders and bureaucrats say publicly about internal meddling, US support … [Read more...] about “Admitting Turkey Will Be a Test of How Secular the EU Is”
One million refugees, probably more, have been accepted by Germany this year. One million people who are looking for refuge, protection and hope for new lives. One million people - enough for a large city. One million people who need an apartment as soon as possible, but who more urgently need work - and German language classes before that: in kindergartens and schools for the children, at special courses in the case of the adults. It's a mammoth task for the Germans, and of course an even greater one for the refugees. What lies ahead now for Germans is a task that will last a century - the work of at least one, probably two generations. Societies with totally different values Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eritrea. They come from societies, from cultures without freedom and without liberties. They come from societies with strong religious ties, in which the family, sometimes the clan, counts more than the individual. They come from regions with … [Read more...] about Opinion: The refugee crisis – the task of the century