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 […]

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip

Global Humanitarian Experts Statement Release – WNN Justice (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: This statement, signed individually by 300 global humanitarian advocates and international law experts, has just been released as an international plea for Israel to stop immediately its continuing attack on Gaza’s civilian citizens. Below is an outline with the exact statement […]

[US] Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

[US] Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Todd Leopold, Ashley Fantz, Moni Basu and Faith Karimi – CNN – Thursday, 29 May 2014 (originally published 28 May) (CNN) — A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent. Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary […]

Am I a feminist? Four women reply (and they're not from the left)

Am I a feminist? Four women reply (and they're not from the left)

Elle Hardy, Claire Lehmann, Trisha Jha, Paula Matthewson – Guardian – Friday, 18 April 2014 (originally published 13 Apr) Popular feminism is an orthodoxy that despises challenge. “You’re not a feminist?”, I’m asked, as though it means I’m threatening my own independence or advocating domestic violence. It may sound trite, but I choose to identify […]

Spain's new abortion law: A new blow to women’s rights

Spain's new abortion law: A new blow to women’s rights

Teresa Lamas – WNN Justice commentary (WNN) Madrid, SPAIN, WESTERN EUROPE: The new abortion bill proposal called the ‘Bill on the Organic Law for the Protection of the Life of the Unborn and the Rights of the Pregnant Woman’, approved by the Council of Ministers last December in Spain, eliminates the right of women to […]

Film Review: ‘Hush! [Iran] Girls Don’t Scream’

Film Review: ‘Hush! [Iran] Girls Don’t Scream’

David Chew – Variety – Friday, 29 November 2013 (originally published 26 Nov) It’s sadly not surprising that an angry film about pedophilia, and a closed society’s horrifically inept efforts to confront it, still needed to be made in Iran. Nor should we be complacent about conditions closer to home, though you’d have to dig […]

‘Women human rights defenders deserve our protection’, says Nobel Laureate Jody Williams

‘Women human rights defenders deserve our protection’, says Nobel Laureate Jody Williams

Jody Williams for The Nobel Women’s Initiative – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/NWI) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines. These women are defending their land and the environment and providing a voice to […]

Woman faces prison for showing human rights film in Malaysia

Woman faces prison for showing human rights film in Malaysia

WNN Justice (WNN/FLD) Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: On 7 November 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry is due to appear at Majistret Court 6, Duta High Court Complex in Kuala Lumpur. She is charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening a documentary exposing human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan military […]

‘Burka Avenger’ fights for Pakistani schools

‘Burka Avenger’ fights for Pakistani schools

Saba Eitizaz  – BBC News – Tuesday, 30 July 2013 (originally published 26 Jul) Female cartoon superhero Burka Avenger is set to debut on Pakistani television next month. The country’s answer to Wonder Woman and Supergirl uses books and pens against bad guys trying to shut the girls’ school where she works. She is already […]

Nicaraguan women organize against gov’t rollbacks

Nicaraguan women organize against gov’t rollbacks

Kenia Morales – Nicaragua Dispatch – Friday, 21 June 2013 (originally published 19 June) As the Sandinista government undermines revolutionary advances for Nicaragua’s women, feminists are organizing to defend their rights and hold the line against further setbacks. “Los derechos, sin las mujeres, no son humanos” (Without women, there are no human rights) is a […]