Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Mapping CEDAW toward greater rights for women: One City at a Time

Elahe Amani with Lys Anzia – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Long Beach, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: “We cannot wait any longer,” is something millions of women are saying now throughout the United States.  We do know this: when inertia in the U.S. Senate causes Senators to ignore for decades the call to vote for a treaty […]

Dreaming in India

Dreaming in India

Rashmi Tiwari – Washington Post – Wednesday, 30 April 2014 (originally published 28 Apr) Growing up in India, I tried to defy the gender bias that plagues the vast majority of girls in the country. I spent the early years of my childhood in the modern society of Mumbai before relocating with my mother to […]

Afghan women = Hope for change

Afghan women = Hope for change

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/UNAMA) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: The significance of the elections in Afghanistan cannot be overestimated.   They mark the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power will be handed from one democratically elected government to another.  More importantly, they will determine to what degree the gains of the past decade for […]

UK: Women & girls who stand up against FGM may risk their lives

UK: Women & girls who stand up against FGM may risk their lives

Lorna Gledhill for Open Democracy 50:50 – WNN Features (WNN/OD/50:50) Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting or circumcision, is a practice that involves incisions or injury to the female genitalia or removal of external genital tissue for non-medical reasons. Recent research by the World Health Organization […]

Women in Tunisia Are Fighting For Their Rights — And Winning

Women in Tunisia Are Fighting For Their Rights — And Winning

Maia Blume – Policymic – Thursday, 18 July 2013 (originally published 16 Jul) For the last fifty years, the rights of Tunisian women have been guaranteed by law, thanks to Tunisia’s first president, Habib Bourguiba, in 1956. Not only were women given the right to vote and divorce, but abortion was also legalized and polygamy […]

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I have spent the last twenty years working on issues of women and religious censorship.  As a feminist activist in International PEN and then in Women’s WORLD, I couldn’t help noticing that increasing numbers of women writers were being targeted by […]

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 […]

Peace comes through tolerance says 5th International UNAOC forum

Peace comes through tolerance says 5th International UNAOC forum

WNN Breaking (WNN) Vienna, Austria: Leaders from around the world, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Heinz Fischer of Austria, the Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad Al Thani, Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, Foreign Minister Margallo of Spain, Foreign Minister Salehi of Iran, and many others are meeting in Vienna today for the 5th Global […]