Overflowing classrooms continue to battle illiteracy in Jordan

Overflowing classrooms continue to battle illiteracy in Jordan

Munir Atalla for OpenDemocracy – WNN Learning! (WNN/OD) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: Having no significant natural resources like our neighbors in the Gulf, and no coastline like Mediterranean countries, Jordan has always seemed intentionally delineated to be void of natural wealth. At times, this has been more of a blessing than a curse. Either way, […]

Empower the Women of the World’s Youngest Nation — South Sudan

Empower the Women of the World’s Youngest Nation — South Sudan

Hilde Johnson – Huffington Post – Wednesday, 13 March 2013 (originally published 07 Mar) In the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, women and girls are confronted with the formidable challenges of daily life: child marriage, gender-based violence and illiteracy. Tens of thousands of girls, up to 40 percent of the population, are forced to become […]

Push to Increase Women Teachers in Rural Yemen

Push to Increase Women Teachers in Rural Yemen

Mohammed Al-Samei – Yemen Times – Thursday, 27 September 2012 ( originally published 24 Sept) The percentage of women teachers in rural areas in Hajja is less than 10 percent. The number is the result of a noticeable increase in illiteracy in these areas, according to Mohammed Al-Qaedi, a resident in Hajja countryside. A new […]

Who Represents the Women of Egypt?

Who Represents the Women of Egypt?

Christiana Renfro – Human Rights First – Wednesday, 04 July 2012 (originally published 02 Jul) A June 28th New York Times profile suggests that she is Naglaa Ali Mahmoud, wife of newly elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Mahmoud’s history and path to the position of Egyptian first lady make her a bit hard to pin down. At […]

Global literacy linked to rise in regional economies

Global literacy linked to rise in regional economies

WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GDN) Oxford, ENGLAND, U.K.: At the first-ever World Literacy Summit in Oxford this week, delegates are chewing over a number of proposals for how to get global literacy the attention it, quite rightly, deserves. Estimates suggest around 800 million people worldwide are unable to read or write, and yet funding for literacy […]

Becoming an abuse statistic in patriarchal India

Becoming an abuse statistic in patriarchal India

Nita Bhalla – BBC – Thursday, 22 March 2012 (originally published 19 Mar) Journalist Nita Bhalla recounts the lingering scars – physical and mental – from an assault on her and draws a wider lesson about violence against women in patriarchal India. I stand in front of the mirror, surveying my face and body – […]

Justice Delayed for Forced Sterilization Victims in Peru

Justice Delayed for Forced Sterilization Victims in Peru

Carla Salazar & Frank Bajak – The Ledger – Mondy, 20 February 2012 (originally published 14 Feb) LIMA, Peru | It was 1996 when Micaela Flores and 15 other women from Peru’s highlands accepted an ambulance ride to a Cuzco clinic, lured by the offer of a free medical checkup. But when they arrived, the […]