Some Kazakhstani women have not benefited from the progress enjoyed by others more fortunate in the country.
The Iraqi Women Network has been working to help communities affected by 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' violence to move forward.
On the eve of Mother's Day, Al-Mashareq spoke to three women who are demonstrating resilience amid adversity in very different ways.
The Afghan-based group of Tajik militants reportedly has less than 100 fighters and is too feeble to threaten the Tajik government.
Women's Day marked another year of Uzbekistani women's advancement in politics and other walks of life.
Central Asians also consume some of the narcotics passing through their territory, leading to various social problems.
The militants massing in northern Afghanistan represent a stew of nationalities and groups.
Putting the long-time fugitive on trial is a major victory against terrorism and extremism, observers say.
Tajik officials are trying to rescue women whose husbands duped them into living under the control of the 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant'.