Walking 1,243 miles across China to promote women’s rights

Walking 1,243 miles across China to promote women’s rights

Abby for Global Post – WNN Breaking (WNN) Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, EASTERN ASIA: Traveling alone on foot is still a new concept in China. While some women like the adventurous idea, they worry about sexual harassment on the road. That’s why Chinese feminist activist Xiao Meili started her new project: Beautiful Feminist Walk- […]

NEPAL: Banishment for women menstruating. Is it driven by religion?

NEPAL: Banishment for women menstruating. Is it driven by religion?

As winter temperatures hit the mountainous regions of Nepal, Nepalese humanitarian and education advocate Ms. Radha Paudel is working to bring critical issues on the lack of safety for women and girls in Nepal to the public, especially on the issue of Nepal’s stubborn acceptance in the practice of Chhaupadi. But the question might be how much of the practice to isolate women during their menses is determined by conservative versions of the Hindu religion in the region?

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Violence against women in South Africa still largely ignored

Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice but to attend to the 17-year-old’s […]

Women teachers in Mexico protest new restrictive education law

Women teachers in Mexico protest new restrictive education law

Katherine Ronderos – WNN Learning! (WNN) Mexico City, MEXICO, AMERICAS: Excluded from the debate on educational reform, women teachers in Mexico, who represent more than 96 percent of teachers in preschool, 66 percent in basic education and 51 percent in secondary school, are protesting against a new law that will affect them negatively, especially those […]

Afghan women continue to be side-lined after 12 years of war

Afghan women continue to be side-lined after 12 years of war

Daisy Sindelar for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Northern Afghanistan, CENTRAL ASIA: For her latest book, “The World Is a Carpet,” Russian-born, U.S.-based journalist Anna Badkhen spent a year in a tiny village in northern Afghanistan to watch impoverished Turkmen women weave carpets that would go on to be sold for a small […]

South American domestic workers move closer to justice

South American domestic workers move closer to justice

Gabriela De Cicco – WNN Justice (WNN/AWID) Brasília, BRAZIL, SOUTH AMERICA: Long working hours, lack of rest time and poor treatment and compensation, in the absence of national legislation, often turns domestic work into a form of slavery in many countries. Some of the changes taking place in Latin America regarding decent work for domestic […]

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: The Afghan government should take urgent steps to halt an alarming increase in women and girls imprisoned for “moral crimes,” Human Rights Watch said on Monday, May 21, 2013.  Commitments by senior government officials to end such abuses have had little practical impact. Statistics from Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry […]

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Jemma Williams – WNN Features (WNN) Dili, TIMOR-LESTE, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Fourteen years ago, when Juliana (Lica) Marçal was only 17 years old, she hid inside the Ave Maria church in Suai, East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, as a horrific massacre took place. Marçal witnessed an attack that lasted for two hours that resulted in […]

IRAN: National conservative clerics move to sanction women from presidential bids

IRAN: National conservative clerics move to sanction women from presidential bids

WNN Justice – Iran (WNN/AI) Tehran, IRAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Iran’s ban on female presidential candidates contradicts several articles of the country’s Constitution as well as international law and should be removed, says human rights advocates Amnesty International. Thirty women have registered to stand as candidates for the forthcoming presidential election on June 14, 2013. Women […]

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