Thailand: U.N. alleges that famed long-necked Burmese women, their legal status uncertain, are trapped there in a "human zoo."
Afghanistan: Several hundred women staged a demonstration to call for the release of a kidnapped U.S. aid worker. As uncommon as it is for a foreigner to be abducted there, it may be even rarer for women to stage a rally.
Asia: Sexual minorities demand equality.
Mexico: Eufrosina Cruz, 27, decided to run for mayor in a Oaxacan village where women aren't allowed to vote. (The town board tore up the ballots: "That is the custom here, that only the citizens vote, not the women.") Cruz has now "launched the first serious, national-level challenge to traditional Indian forms of government."