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First lady Rula Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Earlier this year, she helped free more than 190 Afghan women and girls imprisoned for failing the virginity test after reproductive rights activist Farhad Javid brought it to her attention in October. Kiana Hayeri/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Only some of these officers, seen in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Jan. 13, are exempt from a "virginity test." Human Rights Watch wants Indonesia to scrap the practice for its female police recruits. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Egyptian Army soldiers forcibly removed protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square on March 9. Some youths were camping out at the square to press their demand for a complete break with the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak. AP hide caption

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