Asia child marriage initiative examines child marriage in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan

Jessica Buchleitner with Alessandra Tranquilli- WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, ASIA –  Plan International is a nonprofit organization working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and provide better opportunities for millions of children through 21 national organizations. In 2014 and 2015, as part of the Asia Child Marriage […]

International Widows’ Day: Older women in Bangladesh

International Widows’ Day: Older women in Bangladesh

Shegufta Sharmin – Help Age International – Wednesday, 25 June 2014 (originally published 24 Jun) Today, International Widows’ Day is observed to address the poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children around the world.  When I think of the hardships that widows, in particular older widows face, I am instantly reminded of a […]

Stark images of Bangladesh dowry death reveal severe injustice

Stark images of Bangladesh dowry death reveal severe injustice

Lys Anzia with photojournalist Turjoy Chowdhury – WNN Features (WNN) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTHERN ASIA: The custom of paying a dowry to a groom in Bangladesh is not a new one. But increasing deaths connected to rising financial pressure from a groom’s dowry on a new bride, and her family, can place a women in danger […]

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 […]

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Miranda Morgan – WNN Earth Watch – Bangladesh (WNN/WF) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA: I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, violently screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me.  When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, especially […]

Join Women Around the World: Celebrate Water

Join Women Around the World: Celebrate Water

Nicole Wickenhauser – Huffington Post – Monday, 25 March 2013 (originally published 22 Mar) If I really stop and think about it, water has been an important part of my life ever since my conception. Inside my mom’s womb, it was part of what nourished me. As I entered the world, it helped ensure a […]

Garment fire Bangladesh traps women in deadly crisis

Garment fire Bangladesh traps women in deadly crisis

WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Dhaka, BANGLADESH: Fire officials say a lack of emergency exits contributed to the deaths of at least 110 people, when a fire swept through a garment factory in Bangladesh. Authorities said Sunday that the blaze broke out on the ground floor of a multi-story building the night before in a factory outside […]