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

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By Euronews
Women take the wheel in Jeddah
Women take the wheel in Jeddah   -   Copyright  REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

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.