Afghan women = Hope for change

Afghan women = Hope for change

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/UNAMA) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: The significance of the elections in Afghanistan cannot be overestimated.   They mark the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power will be handed from one democratically elected government to another.  More importantly, they will determine to what degree the gains of the past decade for […]

Preventing human trafficking takes more than just education

Preventing human trafficking takes more than just education

Jes Richardson (WNN) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Preventing trafficking and sexual exploitation is more than education; it is building deep friendships with people of all ages within our community and meeting their needs. Part of prevention is education, but the larger part is putting the education into action. Prevention Restoring the community includes […]

Women's ingenuity creates bamboo bikes from Ghana

Women's ingenuity creates bamboo bikes from Ghana

Bernice Dapaah – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/WEF) Kumasi, GHANA, WESTERN AFRICA: Being an entrepreneur is at the heart of who I am. It is in my blood. I had a chance to prove it at college in 2010, when our entrepreneurship professor challenged us to stop searching for non-existent white-collar jobs and create our own self-employment […]

Solving the world's problems through the activism of girls

Solving the world's problems through the activism of girls

Lauren Hersh with Katie Cappiello – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It’s dark outside, 20 degrees, and we’ve taken to Super Bowl Boulevard in NYC with a team of teen girls who are passionate about ending modern day slavery.  They’ve traded their usual homework-filled Thursday night for hours of in-the-trenches advocacy. Bundled […]

European Parliament's attempt to reduce prostitution fails women

European Parliament's attempt to reduce prostitution fails women

Ruth Jacobs – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: The Swedish model criminalizing the purchase of sex has failed and is dangerous. The European Parliament should have rejected it. Some 560 NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and civil society organizations along with 86 academics and researchers urged the European Parliament to reject the report promoting […]

Religion is being used in Afghanistan to deny women their rights

Religion is being used in Afghanistan to deny women their rights

Spogmay Waziri Kakar – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/PWV) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Even though the vast majority of Afghanistan’s population professes to be the followers of Islam, women are not given their rights that Islam guarantees them. Mostly, women are mistreated in Afghanistan due to the traditions that undermine the basic human rights of women. […]

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect […]

Declaring women's rights as human rights

Declaring women's rights as human rights

Shiloh McCloud – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I loved everything about New York. The taste of lox and bagels. The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. The call of the vendors. The conversations of the street sitters. The brash beautiful light shining on everything. The honking of horns and ringing […]