Men for Women’s Rights: Young SRHR leaders Show the Way

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) Bali, INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Desmond Nji Atanga of Cameroon’s Bamenda was all of 14 years old when he first spoke to his friends about HIV, safe sex and condoms. It shocked some, but also delighted many to hear the young school-going boy talk of issues that most adults are […]

Asia child marriage initiative examines child marriage in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan

Jessica Buchleitner with Alessandra Tranquilli- WNN Interviews (WNN) Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, ASIA –  Plan International is a nonprofit organization working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and provide better opportunities for millions of children through 21 national organizations. In 2014 and 2015, as part of the Asia Child Marriage […]

Red Cross relief efforts help Sumatra ethnics rebuild lives after earthquake

Red Cross relief efforts help Sumatra ethnics rebuild lives after earthquake

Ahmad Husein and Madeline Wilson for the IFRC – WNN Breaking (WNN/IFRC) Sumatra, INDONESIA, ASIA PACIFIC: One month after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh Province, Indonesia, the Red Cross continues to provide support to affected communities. Over 52,000 people were forced to flee their homes after the earthquake struck Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah districts, […]

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

A Social Networking App To Empower The World’s Women

Anya Kamenetz – Co.Exist – Thursday, 20 June 2013 The SmartWoman Project hopes that text messages can be a medium for knowledge, health, and financial empowerment. When women connect, the world changes. The idea is for relatively affluent women to download the SmartWoman app and pay a monthly fee of $5. This gets them access […]

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Social Media Gives Indonesian Women New Voice

Niniek Karmini – ABC News – Wednesday, 20 February 2013 (originally published 18 Feb) Fikri, chief of Garut district in West Java province, called it quits four days after marrying his teenage bride in July. He claimed she was not a virgin, which she denied. A photo of the couple posted on the Internet slowly […]

How Did Female Genital Mutilation Begin?

Rossella Lorenzi – Discovery News – Friday, 14 Decemeber 2012 (originally published 10 Dec) United Nations Member States recently approved the first-ever draft resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting women and girls and ending impunity for the harmful practice, […]

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Global campaign targets rape in conflict zones

Phil Moore – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (originally published 23 Nov) Tens of thousands of civilians fled in fear this week as the armed group M23 marched into the eastern Congolese city of Goma – worsening an already dire human rights situation.  Following the city’s fall to the M23 on Tuesday, many more […]

Rights groups slam death-by-stoning sentence for Sudanese woman

Rights groups slam death-by-stoning sentence for Sudanese woman

Robyn Dixon – Los Angeles Times – Wednesday,  04 June 2012 (originally published 01 Jun) JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Human rights groups have called for Sudan to abolish death by stoning as prescribed legal punishment after a young woman convicted of adultery was ordered executed by a Sudanese court. The woman, Intisar Sharif Abdallah, who […]