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 […]

Abuse of older women accused of witchcraft

Abuse of older women accused of witchcraft

WNN Improve It (WNN) United Nations,  New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Did you know violence and abuse against elderly women, the worlds fastest growing demographic group, range from sexual violence, property grabbing, financial abuse and increasingly, extreme violence against older women accused of witchcraft? Throughout history, women described as witches have been persecuted, tortured and […]

[Guyana] Our cultural norms reinforce Gender-Based Violence

[Guyana] Our cultural norms reinforce Gender-Based Violence

Tiffany Barry – Stabroek News – Wednesday, 04 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) The 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. During this period, we raise awareness that […]

UN passes new resolution on women’s role in peace processes

UN passes new resolution on women’s role in peace processes

Liz Ford – Guardian – Thursday, 24 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) A new UN resolution to reiterate the importance of women’s involvement in conflict prevention, resolution and peace-building has been passed by the security council. Resolution 2122, unanimously adopted on Friday, puts in place a roadmap for “a more systematic approach to the […]

National UN women director visiting Malawi

National UN women director visiting Malawi

Mana – Nyasa Times – Thursday, 10 October 2013 (originally published 08 Oct) Newly-appointed Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Malawi on her first official three-day country mission to reinforce UN Women’s support in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaboration with the government, civil society, private sector and […]

Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Zach Dyer – Tico Times – Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug) A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America. Despite its concerns about the rising rates of violence and the growing presence […]

Odisha [India] climate plan deficiencies: What needs to be done?

Odisha [India] climate plan deficiencies: What needs to be done?

Sudarshan Chhotoray – Pioneer – Tuesday, 31 July 2012 The formulation and finalisation of Odisha Climate Change Action Plan (OCCAP) has been a step in right direction. But due to lack of involvement of stakeholders the plan has been directionless and inconclusive. It is evident that climate change impacts the socially and economically vulnerable disproportionately, […]