Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

Elahe Amani with Mina Keshavarz – WNN Interviews (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: While it has been said that art is the currency of the 21st century, many artists around the world are facing insurmountable challenges. Women artists, especially in Iran, must overcome cultural, social and historical obstacles in exercising their freedom of expression. They must walk a […]

'The Perfect Donor' Film and the Complexities of Commercial Egg Donation – An Interview with Medical Anthropologist Diane Tober, Ph.D.

Jessica Buchleitner with Diane Tober Ph.D. – WNN Interviews (WNN) San Francisco, California, U.S., AMERICAS – Commercial egg donation is a growing industry around the world with varying governance and legalities by country. Many women who’ve not been able to conceive but want to experience pregnancy and childbirth turn to egg donation. It is commonly used […]

Kyrgyz journalist Ms Janyl Jusupjan covers the plight of ethnic conflict

Kyrgyz journalist Ms Janyl Jusupjan covers the plight of ethnic conflict

WNN – Women News Network via Emily Thompson at Lady Liberty / RFE/RL – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (WNN/Lady Liberty/RFE/RL) Washington, D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Janyl Jusupjan says she has always felt a little bit like an outsider. Born in the Soviet Union near the Chinese border in the isolated Kyrgyz enclave of Atbashi, which she […]

The Vulnerability Box: An interview with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah on pregnant women, children, refugees and research

Cameron Conaway with Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah – WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Pregnant women with malaria are not given the most effective drugs during their first trimester. Why? It’s contraindicated. “We need to ask ‘why?’ again to get to a deeper answer,” insists Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah, Head of Bioethics and Engagement […]

What "small town" India taught me: A love for all humanity

What "small town" India taught me: A love for all humanity

Indu Ramesh – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Bangalore, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: I had to go. I had to go and visit my beginnings. It was decades since I had seen the town, nestling in the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range. I remembered very fondly, the small tank full of water which was also the meeting […]

Trafficked women inside Italy may face 'state sanctioned' exploitation

Trafficked women inside Italy may face 'state sanctioned' exploitation

Esohe Aghatise – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/Equality Now) Turin, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: Despite the fact that the legalization of pimping and brothel-keeping has proven to be a failed experiment in Germany and the Netherlands, the Italian parliament is now seriously considering new legislation, which seeks to follow their lead. Legal proposals, including Bill No. 1201 the so-called ‘Spilabotte Bill’, would not only […]

Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Sarah Honan with Elaine Replogle / WNN Interviews (WNN) Waterford, IRELAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Two women leave their homes to spend time with friends. One goes with her friend to see a new movie that has just been released called “Life of Pi.” The other woman goes to a local and well-loved gathering place called the Tin […]

Film producer Sona Tatoyan speaks to healing the Armenian Genocide

Film producer Sona Tatoyan speaks to healing the Armenian Genocide

Sona Tatoyan with Lys Anzia – WNN Interviews (WNN) Istanbul, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: She believes in a new future for all Armenians. That’s what Syrian/Armenian/American actor and film producer Sona Tatoyan shared in a recent one-on-one interview with WNN – Women News Network. Tatoyan, as producer of an inspired upcoming film based on the book “Three Apples […]

Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Long Beach, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: “We cannot wait any longer,” is something millions of women are saying now throughout the United States.  We do know this: when inertia in the U.S. Senate causes Senators to ignore for decades the call to vote for a treaty […]