Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Shelby Quast – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Washington, D.C. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Peace accords which include women and civil society organizations have a much higher chance of sustainability than those formulated by only men.  These lessons should be applied to countries-in-transition like Egypt, Yemen and Syria, where the participation of everyone in the peace-making process is vital. What does strong […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

WNN Features (WNN) Calcutta, West Bengal, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: “It is estimated that 200,000 Bangladeshi children have been trafficked for sexual exploitation through the borders of [India’s] West Bengal and Assam States,” says a report from ECPAT International, which is working today to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes. […]

Equality Now works to protect blind disabled girl in Uganda

Equality Now works to protect blind disabled girl in Uganda

Muthoni Muriithi – WNN Justice (WNN) Kampala, UGANDA, AFRICA: In many instances accessing justice can be difficult for most women and girls around the world, particularly in cases of sexual violence.  Those with disabilities are often presented with serious additional challenges.  In the case of a young girl in New York who was gang raped […]

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Reversing FGM – Female Genital Mutilation worldwide is an uphill climb

Faiza Jama Mohamed – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Nairobi, KENYA, AFRICA: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a severe form of discrimination against girls.  It is an extremely violent act of control and an utterly invasive and destructive assault of the female sexual organs.  It promotes the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with girls, which needs […]

Moves to medicalize female mutilation could destroy ‘Stop FGM’ advocacy

Moves to medicalize female mutilation could destroy ‘Stop FGM’ advocacy

Faiza Jama Mohamed – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a severe form of discrimination against girls.  It is an extremely violent act of control and an utterly invasive and destructive assault of the female sexual organs.  It promotes the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with girls, which needs […]

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 […]