Tibetan blogger Tsering Woeser’s new book exposes human rights desperation through self-immolation

Tibetan blogger Tsering Woeser’s new book exposes human rights desperation through self-immolation

Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: Tibetan historian, human rights advocate, author, poet and blogger Ms. Tsering Woeser has just released a comprehensive and important book on China covering the ongoing self-immolation protests, in what activists say is an continuing ‘Chinese policy against cultural freedom’. Woeser’s book, “Immolations […]

Crime novelist delves deep into Armenia’s illegal sex-trafficking industry

Crime novelist delves deep into Armenia’s illegal sex-trafficking industry

Lucine Kasbarian – WNN Features (WNN) Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Sexual slavery, forced labor and the extraction of body organs: These are the most common reasons for human trafficking, which represents an estimated $32 billion per year in international trade. In 2008, the United Nations estimated that nearly 2.5 million people from more than […]

INDIA: Tribal women leaders seek safety & innovation as Maoist insurgent conflict continues

INDIA: Tribal women leaders seek safety & innovation as Maoist insurgent conflict continues

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) New Delhi, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: As security forces battle with Maoist insurgents in India, women village leaders known as ‘Sarpanches’ continue to struggle.  To fulfill their duties as heads of their local councils they must work constantly with the threats of insurgency. 31-year old Kalavati Devi is a worried […]

In the land of Kashmir Sufi saints, women find devotion & healing

In the land of Kashmir Sufi saints, women find devotion & healing

Aliya Bashir – WNN Religion & Belief WNN – Women News Network correspondent for Kashmir, Aliya Bashir, shares her exploration into the value of a ‘spiritual life’ through religious diversity that still exists today inside the culture of Kashmir’s capital city of Srinagar (WNN) Srinagar, Indian Administered Kashmir, South Asia: The fresh smell of Izband […]

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Amina Zia Massoud – WNN Features WNN – Women News Network Afghan correspondent Amina Zia Massoud outlines her ‘insider perspective’ covering the negative effects of change that might come to the country if a more ‘Talibanized’ region is part of Afghanistan’s imminent future. How are women’s advocates inside Afghanistan feeling as the time for U.S. […]

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

WNN Features (WNN) Calcutta, West Bengal, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: “It is estimated that 200,000 Bangladeshi children have been trafficked for sexual exploitation through the borders of [India’s] West Bengal and Assam States,” says a report from ECPAT International, which is working today to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes. […]

Nepal’s civil war continues to haunt rural women

Nepal’s civil war continues to haunt rural women

Ekal Silwal – WNN Features (WNN) Kathmadu, NEPAL, ASIA: It was an ordinary Monday morning on June 6, 2005 in South Central Nepal. Durga Maya Magar, 55, was feeling a little too restless that day. The sun seemed to take forever to rise up in the horizon delaying her trip to her ‘maita’, her maternal […]

NEPAL: Orphaned children build family relationships in SOS Villages

NEPAL: Orphaned children build family relationships in SOS Villages

Stephan Bailey – WNN Features WNN – Women News Network journalist Stephen Bailey stops in Kathmandu to spend time and talk with Ms. Surya Kamari, one of the former ‘moms’, and later ‘grandmothers’, who worked with countless orphaned children through a very special program called SOS Children’s Villages Nepal. For International Women’s Day we are […]