Men for Women’s Rights: Young SRHR leaders Show the Way

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) Bali, INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Desmond Nji Atanga of Cameroon’s Bamenda was all of 14 years old when he first spoke to his friends about HIV, safe sex and condoms. It shocked some, but also delighted many to hear the young school-going boy talk of issues that most adults are […]

Contraceptives at center of controversy under U.S. Obamacare

Contraceptives at center of controversy under U.S. Obamacare

Lawrence Hurley for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Roman Catholic Church-affiliated organizations on Tuesday obtained last-minute court injunctions that give them temporary exemptions from a part of the Obamacare healthcare law that requires employers to provide insurance policies covering contraception. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted one […]

[US] Women’s rights is the longest revolution

[US] Women’s rights is the longest revolution

Ruth Rosen – Salon – Wednesday, 27 February 2013 (originally published 21 Feb) In 1968, the Phillip Morris Company launched a memorable campaign to sell Virginia Slims, a new brand of cigarettes targeting women, itself a new phenomenon.  It had a brand-new slogan: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”  The company plastered it on billboards nationwide […]

South Sudan Women Choose Family Planning, Longer Lives

South Sudan Women Choose Family Planning, Longer Lives

Hannah McNeish – Voice of America – Friday, 09 November 2012 (originally published 08 Nov) JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN — In war-ravaged South Sudan, a lack of basic health and education, early marriage, and a culture that values big families have led to alarming child mortality rates, and given the poverty-stricken nation the highest maternal […]

Why women need Obama

Why women need Obama

Jessica Valenti – Dawn – Friday, 02 November 2012 AS election day looms, I know I’m not the only American woman biting her fingernails. We all care about who the next president will be, but for women the race is particularly anxiety-inducing. The difference between President Barack Obama and governor Mitt Romney on issues of […]

Turkish women push back against abortion limits

Turkish women push back against abortion limits

Jennifer Hattam – UPI – Tuesday, 24 July 2012 (originally published 17 Jul) (WOMENSENEWS}–Beating drums and blowing whistles, hundreds of women marched last month on Istanbul’s central Taksim Square, in one of dozens of rallies that have been held around the country to protest a new threat to reproductive rights. Abortion until the 10th week […]

U.S. policy changes on birth control puts women at odds

U.S. policy changes on birth control puts women at odds

Christina Caldwell – WNN Opinion (WNN) U.S.: With the recent escalation of governmental policy changes along with impassionate and contentious political debates regarding the major issue of birth control in America, it is hardly unfathomable to know that $5 billion was spent on contraceptives in the US alone for the fiscal 2011 year. This number […]

Reproductive coercion puts Somali refugee women in the line of fire

Reproductive coercion puts Somali refugee women in the line of fire

Gitonga Njeru – WNN Features (WNN) Garissa, KENYA: Following several weeks of military intervention by the Kenyan Defense Forces against Somali extremist militia groups, Somali women have become easy targets for rape and physical assault. But physical assault can also come from home and can also be psychological. As some Somalian women stand up to […]

Indian Women Learn Alphabets on Handsets

Indian Women Learn Alphabets on Handsets

Kendra Srivastava – Mobiledia – Wednesday,  04 Jauuary 2012 (originally published 03 Jan) Rural Indian women are learning alphabets on their cell phones, as they continue to use mobile technology to expand their empowerment outside the home. Over one thousand women have started reading English and other languages with the help of their phones and […]

Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Cameroon ‘Aunties’ educate to protect rural girls from breast ironing

Eva Fernández Ortiz – WNN Features (WNN) CAMEROON: All mothers will do whatever it takes to protect their children’s well being. In Cameroon, this ‘protection’ goes as far as burning their teenage daughters’ breasts. Breast ironing is a traditional practice that painfully affects about one in four girls in Cameroon, Africa. But new education programs for […]