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 […]

Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Why do men rape? Comparing the epidemic from East to West

Sarah Honan with Elaine Replogle / WNN Interviews (WNN) Waterford, IRELAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Two women leave their homes to spend time with friends. One goes with her friend to see a new movie that has just been released called “Life of Pi.” The other woman goes to a local and well-loved gathering place called the Tin […]

Colombian women's group wins UN refugee prize

Colombian women's group wins UN refugee prize

Arturo Wallace – BBC News – Friday, 12 September 2014 Fighting for women’s rights in the Colombian municipality of Buenaventura can be a dangerous task, and Gloria Amparo Arboleda knows it just too well. “Denouncing violence here is a risky business,” she says. Ms Arboleda is a founding member of Butterflies with New Wings, a […]

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

UN News Centre 0 Friday, 5 September 2014  (originally published 03 Sept) 3 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa. “Girls are getting […]

Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Congolese women mobilized to bring back hero physician

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/TRF) DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO,MIDDLE AFRICA: After Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege narrowly survived an assassination attempt, he decided it was time to leave his troubled homeland, where he is renowned for his work helping survivors of some of the worst sexual brutality on the planet. But […]

African girls should be in school not marriage

African girls should be in school not marriage

Agnes Odhiambo for HRW – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/HRW) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I grew up in a typical rural African family, with uncles, aunts, cousins all living together. Occasionally a neighbor’s child, let’s call her Kariithi, lived with us as part of this extended family. She was an intelligent girl who dreamed of going […]

Rwanda expands refugee 'one-stop' care centers for rape victims

Rwanda expands refugee 'one-stop' care centers for rape victims

WNN Breaking (WNN) Kigali, RWANDA, EASTERN AFRICA: To curb continuing cases of rape violence in Rwanda’s refugee camps, the government of Rwanda along with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) is now establishing what has been termed the new ‘one-stop’ centers that will bring both police security and health care staff together in […]

Gender equality and empowerment is not just a female fight

Gender equality and empowerment is not just a female fight

Anna Leach for GDN – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE: Gender empowerment projects that focus on girls leave out half of the equation. Our panel suggests ways to engage boys and men to end discrimination Dean Peacock, executive director, Sonke Gender Justice, Cape Town, South Africa, @sonketogether Challenge misogyny in public: Some […]

First-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

First-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day

Kriti Sharma for HWR – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTHERN AMERICA: Some girls stop going to school. Others are sterilized–their ovaries removed. Still others are confined to homes, isolated from the community. Worldwide, the most basic human rights of women and girls with disabilities are curtailed because of poor management of the […]

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