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 […]

Kenya Leads Globally On Ending FGM, But Challenges Persist

Mary Wandia, FGM Program Manager, Equality Now – WNN Soapbox (WNN) Nairobi, Kenya, EAST AFRICA – Kenya is about to mark the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), at a time when the country has taken many steps forwards. While overall rates of FGM in Kenya are declining, the prevalence of medicalization […]

Trafficked women inside Italy may face 'state sanctioned' exploitation

Trafficked women inside Italy may face 'state sanctioned' exploitation

Esohe Aghatise – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/Equality Now) Turin, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: Despite the fact that the legalization of pimping and brothel-keeping has proven to be a failed experiment in Germany and the Netherlands, the Italian parliament is now seriously considering new legislation, which seeks to follow their lead. Legal proposals, including Bill No. 1201 the so-called ‘Spilabotte Bill’, would not only […]

Being accused of crimes after facing gang-rape in Sudan

Being accused of crimes after facing gang-rape in Sudan

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN Justice commentary (WNN/EN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA:  Last August, while house hunting in Omdurman, Sudan, a 19-year-old pregnant and divorced Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property and brutally gang-raped by a group of seven young men. Immediately after the attack, a police officer found the […]

UK brings first FGM prosecution forward

UK brings first FGM prosecution forward

Efua Dorkenoo for Equality Now – WNN Breaking (WNN/EN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: As Metropolitan Police in the UK gave “sufficient evidence” to the Office of The Crown Prosecutors a medical doctor inside the UK has now been charged with performing an illegal FGM – Female Genital Mutilation procedure. This is the very first […]

Solving the world's problems through the activism of girls

Solving the world's problems through the activism of girls

Lauren Hersh with Katie Cappiello – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It’s dark outside, 20 degrees, and we’ve taken to Super Bowl Boulevard in NYC with a team of teen girls who are passionate about ending modern day slavery.  They’ve traded their usual homework-filled Thursday night for hours of in-the-trenches advocacy. Bundled […]