In spite of campaigns gender equality remains "elusive," say experts

In spite of campaigns gender equality remains "elusive," say experts

Lisa Anderson for TRF – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/TRF) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: When it comes to women’s rights, it turns out it’s really all about men. A recent World Bank report underscored that strong economies and greater education for women, once thought to be silver bullets against gender inequality in the world […]

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: On Monday March 10 nation members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland along with UN experts discussed heightened dangers for human rights defenders worldwide. Not only are dangers increasing, safe locations for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders is “shrinking,” […]

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

Global advocates for women now include numerous men

WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, UNITED NATIONS: The gender rights super agency known as UN Women is gearing up with a new campaign that encourages men, as well as boys, to start now to use a gender-lens toward global advocacy. Launched officially on International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8, the ‘He for She‘ campaign has […]

Declaring women's rights as human rights

Declaring women's rights as human rights

Shiloh McCloud – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I loved everything about New York. The taste of lox and bagels. The Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station. The call of the vendors. The conversations of the street sitters. The brash beautiful light shining on everything. The honking of horns and ringing […]

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

Katherine Robinson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence ends this Tuesday at a poignant time: on International Human Rights Day, the same day South Africa will hold the official memorial service for one of the world’s most respected human rights icons. Sadly, every call for equality and […]

This is the century for women and gender equality

This is the century for women and gender equality

Lakshmi Puri – UN Women – Monday, 06 May (originally published 02 May) A big step was taken at the United Nations in March when governments adopted an historic agreement in the Commission on the Status of Women to prevent and end violence against women and girls. The agreement, which breaks new ground with its […]

Is UN conference on women side-stepping important human rights issues?

Is UN conference on women side-stepping important human rights issues?

Shaliz Navab – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I always considered myself quite globally aware, possessing a quadruple citizenship and having attended international schools all my life. Nevertheless the term diversity was redefined to me the moment I stepped into the United Nations building in New York City to attend […]

We must stop an inhuman penalty against women: Iran’s execution by stoning

We must stop an inhuman penalty against women: Iran’s execution by stoning

WNN reporter on Iran and the Middle East Elahe Amani – WNN OPINION (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: While the death penalty itself is being eradicated in many countries around the world, the most brutal form of the death penalty—stoning—is still being practiced. Death by stoning has been practiced since the establishment […]

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Alice Wellborn – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD) London, UNITED KINGDOM: I have emerged from three inspiring days volunteering at a workshop discussing how to advance gender equity and human rights to reduce gender-based violence in the context of HIV. Yet the question still uppermost in all our minds is “but where is the funding to do this?” […]