Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

Fightback of an abused wife

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"He was found guilty twice, and twice he walked out of the court free because of the appeals," says Maria da Penha who was left paraplegic by her violent husband. But da Penha, who's now 71, campaigned tirelessly and, in September 2006, Brazil introduced ground-breaking legislation on domestic violence. Here, she tells her remarkable story.

Maria da Penha: The woman who changed Brazil's domestic violence laws

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Fighting famine in Yemen

"I never thought I would see this in Yemen," says Ashwaq Muharram a doctor in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah. After two years of war in Yemen and a Saudi-led blockade lasting 18 months, millions of people are slowly starving - some are already dying for lack of food. "If you don't die from an airstrike, you're going to die from being ill and from starvation," she adds.

One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen

Non-binary children

"I'm not a boy," claims Leo. For most of his 10-year life he has lived as a girl, but this summer he began to speak openly about his sense that this didn't feel quite right. "We did some research and we found the word is 'gender non-binary'... and it really works, it's just me," he adds.

'I'm a non-binary 10-year-old'

Can we eradicate all disease?

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"Everything changes. Our immune systems change, diseases often change," says Dr Sheena Cruickshank, lecturer in immunology at the University of Manchester. She's been looking into whether Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan really will be able to fund medical research which cures, prevents or manages "all diseases by the end of the century". The problem with treating diseases, Dr Cruickshank notes, is that it's not "a static field".

Is it possible to eradicate all diseases?

Gender-neutral clothing

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"It doesn't matter if you are a woman or a man... I'm wearing women's trousers, top and bag," says Boris, aged 18. As London Fashion Week rolls around again, one of the current trends is gender-neutral clothing. Sex and style have always been bedfellows, but what does a unisex wardrobe look like?

In pictures: Gender blending at London Fashion Week

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