New book from Malala Yousafzai details journey from schoolgirl to activist

New book from Malala Yousafzai details journey from schoolgirl to activist

Jill Lawless – Globe and Mail – Friday, 10 October 2013 (originally published 08 Oct) A year ago, Malala Yousafzai was a 15-year-old schoolgirl in northwest Pakistan, thinking about calculus and chemistry, Justin Bieber songs and Twilight movies. Today she’s the world-famous survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, an activist for girls’ education – and […]

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Niniek Karmini – ABC News – Wednesday, 20 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly […]

Iran Women Say No to Polygamy

Iran Women Say No to Polygamy

Women achieve temporary victory over Iran Family Protection Bill   ELAHE AMANI – WNN Features – Tues 23 Sept, 2008   The Iranian “Family Protection Bill,” which is anything but protective of families, has brought together one of the largest coalitions to oppose a bill since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In […]

Women’s Prisons – A Global State of Crisis

Women’s Prisons – A Global State of Crisis

LYS ANZIA –  WNN Features “The strategy used in women’s prisons now is one of humiliation rather than rehabilitation,” said Jane Evelyn Atwood in her 2007 Amnesty International video documentary, “Too Much Time.” For nine years, Atwood photographed and documented the conditions for women in 40 women’s prisons worldwide including the US, Europe and Eastern […]

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

Fighting teacher-student rape in Zambia Sally Chiwama – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AFRICA: In Feb 2006, only three months before the Zambian government ratified the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, a young girl student was calculatingly raped by her greatest authority figure, her own school teacher. The minor and […]