Annual U.N. CSW Session Examines Sustainability Links to Empowerment, Poverty, Violence

Jessica Buchleitner,  WNN Correspondent to the United Nations – WNN features (WNN) New York, New York, NORTH AMERICA –Coined the ‘busiest week for gender and women’s issues at the United Nations’ by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, delegates, diplomats, heads of states and civil society NGO leaders convened from March 14-24 at U.N. headquarters to examine […]

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 […]

Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Long Beach, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: “We cannot wait any longer,” is something millions of women are saying now throughout the United States.  We do know this: when inertia in the U.S. Senate causes Senators to ignore for decades the call to vote for a treaty […]

The truth about bride kidnapping: An insider interview on Chechnya

The truth about bride kidnapping: An insider interview on Chechnya

Jessica Buchleitner- WNN Interviews (WNN) San Francisco, California, U.S., AMERICAS: The practice of Bride kidnapping has occurred throughout history around the world and continues to occur in countries in Central Asia, the Caucasus region, and parts of Africa. In most countries bride kidnapping is considered a sex crime, rather than a valid form of marriage. […]

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 […]

Severe violence against PNG women must stop says United Nations

Severe violence against PNG women must stop says United Nations

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN/RW) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, EUROPE: The United Nations (UN) system in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is gravely concerned by the torture and killing of Ms. Kepari Laniata, a 20-year-old young woman who was accused of using sorcery to kill a six-year old boy in Mount Hagen on 6 February 2013, and other […]

Sierra Leone women’s confidence falls on eve of national election

Sierra Leone women’s confidence falls on eve of national election

Sabrina Mahtani – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Freetown, SIERRA LEONE, AFRICA: As the euphoria over the US elections settles, another vote (far less in the media spotlight) is taking place. On 17 November, Sierra Leone will hold its third multi-party election since the end of the civil war, 10 years ago. While we wait to see […]

Equality Now petitions ‘equality for all’ for Egypt’s brand new constitution

Equality Now petitions ‘equality for all’ for Egypt’s brand new constitution

WNN Breaking (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT: As a new Constitution for Egypt is looming, women and human rights organizations are particularly concerned about the inclusion of articles stipulating the importance of gender equality. Advocates are calling for both women with men, in all spheres of Egyptian life be treated under the law equally. This includes equal […]