India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

India's Dalit women empowered by collective farming

Stella Paul for Global Press Institute – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Hyderabad, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: Bujjiamma Begary, 27, can finally afford to eat vegetables again. “For nearly five years, all I could afford was rice and a thin red gram [pigeon pea] soup because I didn’t have the money to buy fresh vegetables, which have become […]

Vast discrimination against female creatives worldwide continues

Vast discrimination against female creatives worldwide continues

Lia Chavez – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Just a few years ago, the mind-numbing rhetoric of “post-feminism” was still in wide circulation, as though the original aspirations of the women’s movement — women’s full participation in society and equal pay for equal work — had become obsolete. Of course, the statistics […]

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?

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

Women farmers can make powerful earth resources guardians, says UN

WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/UN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Giving women access to and control of natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals is essential to ensure war-torn countries can achieve long-term peace, according to a United Nations report recently released on November 6, 2013. “At a practical level, women form the […]

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

AFP – ABC News – Monday, 20 January 2013 (originally published 12 Jan) Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women to a top advisory body for the first time, with decrees published on Friday marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on women. The historic decisions mean that 30 women will now be […]

INDIA: Land rights for women create opportunities and success

INDIA: Land rights for women create opportunities and success

Nita Bhalla – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/TL) AHMEDABAD, India: When the women of Ganeshpura village began their fight for a patch of overgrown wasteland two decades ago, they were mocked by men, scorned by neighbours and ignored by officials in this conservative, patriarchal region of western India. Not only were they women, but they were also […]

Special UN mission cites violence against marginalized women Italy

Special UN mission cites violence against marginalized women Italy

WNN Breaking (WNN)ROME, Italy: Despite efforts to combat violence against women in Italy, the levels of such violence remain high and there is an urgent need to address the underlying structural causes of inequality and discrimination, said the UN independent expert and Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Rashida Manjoo. At the end of a […]

Clinton, Rousseff urge greater female role in politics

Clinton, Rousseff urge greater female role in politics

Mariano Andrade – AFP – Thursday, 22 September 2011 (originally published 20 Sept) UNITED NATIONS — Prominent female politicians including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff joined voices Monday to demand a greater global political role for women. “Despite notable progress, gender inequality persists,” Rousseff, who became Brazil’s first female […]