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 […]

REWARD empowers refugee women with HIV in Rwanda

REWARD empowers refugee women with HIV in Rwanda

UN Women for WNN – Science & Health (WNN/UNW) RWANDA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are cultivating mushrooms and tomatoes, learning about business and agriculture and pooling their funds along with combating social stigma and confronting gender-based violence. “I was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. I became infected while in the camp,” says Angelique, a mother of […]

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Katy Migiro – Guardian – Tuesday, 27 May 2014 (originally published 24 May) A $2m (£1.2m) donation will help Kenyan surgeons give more than 1,000 women life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence caused by fistula and will train more specialists to perform the operation. Two million women worldwide live with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused […]

Syrian women face war conflict amid marriage offers

Syrian women face war conflict amid marriage offers

Editors Dominic Evans & Angus MacSwan for TRF – WNN Justice (WNN/TRF) Damascus, SYRIA, WESTERN ASIA: A young Syrian woman hides a secret from all but her family and closest friends, knowing that within days she will have to share it with the man she hopes to wed. Late last year the 32-year-old woman was seized by security […]

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity

Grappling to Give Uganda’s Fistula Patients Dignity

Amy Fallon – IPS – Friday, 22 November 2013 (originally published 19 Nov) KAMPALA
, Nov 19 2013 (IPS) – Ever since giving birth to a stillborn baby 15 years ago, Mary*, a peasant farmer from Mubende District in central Uganda, has continuously leaked urine. In Uganda, two percent of women of a reproductive age have […]

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

Human rights activists need protection & support, says UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS:  Standing up for human rights defenders worldwide, former Ugandan magistrate and current UN Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya has been highlighting the needs for the most vulnerable members of society. Sending her report to the United Nations General Assembly Sekaggya is calling for all rights defenders […]

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

[India] Widows Celebrate a Little At Last

Sudeshna Sarkar – IPS – Friday, 30 August 2013 (originally published 27 Aug) VARANASI, India , Aug 27 2013 (IPS) – Namuna Gautam was among millions of Indian women who celebrated Rakshabandhan this year, but one thing set her apart. It was the first time the 80-year-old took part in the festival, in which sisters […]