Step by step: the progress of women's rights in 2017

Highlights from a remarkable twelve months for women across the world from #MeToo to women drivers in Jeddah. Here are some highlights.

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Step by step: the progress of women's rights in 2017

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It's been an extraordinary year for women and young girls. Millions have risen up against sexual violence, gender inequality and basic human rights. Here are some of the key moments.

DATE: January 2017

LOCATION: Reykjavik

Iceland becomes the first country in the world to introduce legislation REQUIRING companies to PROVE pay equality.

DATE: June 2017

LOCATION: UN headquarters New York

June is about empowering young girls with a little help from Wonder Woman the film became the highest-grossing, female-directed movie worldwide

DATE: June 2017


JUNE The Unsterotype Alliance is launched to eliminate harmful gender stereotypes in adverts. New laws are introduced in France to protect the health of models

DATE: September 2017


September was a huge breakthrough for women in Saudi –as at last they're at last they're allowed to get behind the wheel of a car.

Date: October 2017

Location: Hollywood

In October, allegations of abuse by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ignites a massive global movement and the metoo campaign is born.

DATE: December 2017

LOCATION: Canberra

Before the year's end, celebrations in Australia's Parliament after the vote to legalize same-sex marriage is passed.

DATE: February 2018


Emma Gonzales speaks out against gun control after 17 people are shot dead at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

DATE: March 2018

LOCATION: Istanbul

This March thousands of women are travelling to the Turkey-Syria border in support of their sisters, imprisoned in the war-torn country of Syria.