Does BBC News training hold women to a different standard?

Does BBC News training hold women to a different standard?

Almut Rochowanski with Nani Jansen Reventlow  – WNN Commentary (WNN) LONDON, UK: In February 2017 the instructional hub of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Academy, held its second series of trainings with the BBC Expert Women’s Day. The event brought together “female experts who’d like to appear on air as contributors to BBC programmes”. Choosing […]

Moroccan Women Continue the Fight for Rights

Fouzia Assouli, President of the Federation of the Democratic League for Women’s Rights – WNN Soapbox (WNN)   I have been fighting for women’s rights in Morocco for almost 40 years, and while we don’t yet have a month dedicated to commemorating women’s history as American women do, we have had many victories. And despite setbacks, […]

Navigating the journalistic siege as a woman in Kashmir

Aliya Bashir, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists grantee – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – I often wonder when people outside the Kashmir ask me strange questions such as: “Are there really journalists – women who are allowed to work?”; “Don’t you get married at quite […]

The color orange brings hope that we can stop violence against women

The color orange brings hope that we can stop violence against women

Maryam Zar – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Los Angeles, California, U.S.. AMERICAS: We must eliminate violence against women. In fact, we must eliminate gender based violence all together and teach tolerance to a new generation that is tasked with solving some of humanity’s thorniest issues. The next generation will face food scarcity, water insecurity, repressive freedoms […]

Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It was when I began to have images of women from around the world who are suffering flash before my mind, that the reality of the state of the world started ‘sinking in’ after my trip to the United Nations Commission […]

Protecting children from sexual violence in Kenya demands legal action

Protecting children from sexual violence in Kenya demands legal action

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Busia, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: In late June 2013, the world was outraged by the story of Liz who was brutally gang-raped in western Kenya while walking home from a funeral, left to die in a pit latrine, and suffered an obstetric fistula as a result of the attack. […]

Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/TRF) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO,MIDDLE AFRICA: After Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege narrowly survived an assassination attempt, he decided it was time to leave his troubled homeland, where he is renowned for his work helping survivors of some of the worst sexual brutality on the planet. But […]

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Chittagong, Bangladesh, SOUTHERN ASIA: “They prefer to feed on pregnant women.” I heard this statement time and again as I conducted research into malaria, the parasitic infectious disease often referred to as “The world’s perfect killer.” In 2012 there was an estimated 207 million malaria cases, and despite incredible […]

African girls should be in school not marriage

African girls should be in school not marriage

Agnes Odhiambo for HRW – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/HRW) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I grew up in a typical rural African family, with uncles, aunts, cousins all living together. Occasionally a neighbor’s child, let’s call her Kariithi, lived with us as part of this extended family. She was an intelligent girl who dreamed of going […]

Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Washington D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Every day we open newspapers around the world to read stories of the tragic injustices faced by women and girls in their communities. Often we remark in disgust, wondering what could’ve been done and how we can prevent such atrocities from […]

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