Equality for women should come right along with basic human rights

Equality for women should come right along with basic human rights

Lys Anzia – WNN Commentary (WNN) WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES: As International Women’s Equality Day comes and goes we all need to ask this question: what does “equality” really mean? And why have millions of women been fighting for equality worldwide for centuries? These are the questions that continue to haunt women, as well as […]

Failing to protect the people who need protecting the most in Ferguson

Failing to protect the people who need protecting the most in Ferguson

Marcia Olivo – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Miami, Florida, U.S., AMERICAS: This has been a somber week for African-American families across the country. The same day that the Grand Jury in Ferguson decided not to indite officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager named Marissa Alexander has been forced to agree to […]

"Human rights & religion need each other" says NY Kairos Center expert

"Human rights & religion need each other" says NY Kairos Center expert

Larry Cox for openDemocracy – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Many human rights activists are secular and view religion as a problem, rather than as an ally. Although religion does often pose serious challenges, it also offers the human rights movement hope for renewal, along with greater legitimacy and impact. Human […]

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

Malaysia Transgender Women Court Battle

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA:  Transgender women in Malaysia have filed a groundbreaking court case challenging a law that prohibits them from expressing their gender identity, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2014, the Putrajaya Court of Appeal is expected to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the laws. Three […]

Kickstarter campaign shows survival of women facing violence in Papua New Guinea

Kickstarter campaign shows survival of women facing violence in Papua New Guinea

Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new Kickstarter book publishing campaign by Fotoevidence, uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur. The campaign also highlights the courage and fortitude of 34-year-old Papuan native Helen […]

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Ignoring equality, rights & women’s health derails development, UN cautions

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: A new report finds that growing inequalities will undo significant gains in health and longevity made over the past 20 years. To sustain these gains, the United Nations ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report argues that governments must pass and enforce laws to protect […]

[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 […]

Over decades human rights has made “historic advances” says UN’s Navi Pillay

Over decades human rights has made “historic advances” says UN’s Navi Pillay

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WEST EUROPE: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on today (June 27, 2013) said there had been significant achievements since a historic human rights document was adopted in Vienna 20 years ago, but there have also been many setbacks and “the magnificent construction is still […]

Peace comes through tolerance says 5th International UNAOC forum

Peace comes through tolerance says 5th International UNAOC forum

WNN Breaking (WNN) Vienna, Austria: Leaders from around the world, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Heinz Fischer of Austria, the Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Al Thani, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, Foreign Minister Margallo of Spain, Foreign Minister Salehi of Iran, and many others are meeting in Vienna today for the 5th Global […]

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

Yemeni women say equal rights are compatible with Islam

News Consortium – Catholic Online – Friday, 24 August 2012 (originally published 22 Aug) LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – When tens of thousands of women were prominent among the demonstrations, Yemen’s president at the time, Ali Abdullah Saleh accused the women of “un-Islamic” behavior. Saleh has since turned over power to Vice President Abd […]