Gender equality and empowerment is not just a female fight

Gender equality and empowerment is not just a female fight

Anna Leach for GDN – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE: Gender empowerment projects that focus on girls leave out half of the equation. Our panel suggests ways to engage boys and men to end discrimination Dean Peacock, executive director, Sonke Gender Justice, Cape Town, South Africa, @sonketogether Challenge misogyny in public: Some […]

First-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

First-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

Kriti Sharma for HWR – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTHERN AMERICA: Some girls stop going to school. Others are sterilized–their ovaries removed. Still others are confined to homes, isolated from the community. Worldwide, the most basic human rights of women and girls with disabilities are curtailed because of poor management of the […]

Mother power makes for a better world

Mother power makes for a better world

Chantal Pierrat – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Boulder, Colorado, UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: I always imagined what it would be like to have a daughter: pretty clothes, soft, fluffy things, pink ballet slippers. I imagined sharing all my womanly secrets with her and creating the most superwoman human being that ever lived. But instead I was graced […]

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: Today more than 200 school girls will wake up to another day in an unthinkable nightmare. Three weeks ago, they were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In […]

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Vanina Serra – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD/50:50) The Hague, The Netherlands, WESTERN EUROPE: On 27 March 2014, a historic first was achieved: a peace agreement led by a woman chief mediator was signed. The Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the  Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), putting an end to four decades […]

Who says American white men are better writers?

Who says American white men are better writers?

Kathleen Rooney – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Chicag0, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I’m not a math person, per se, but I can’t stop counting. When I’m doing a supposedly non-numerical act of reading I’m not counting titles read, or chapters completed, or pages left to go. Rather, I am tallying the genders and ethnicities of the authors […]