New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The story of Shandra Woworuntu is, as she often says, “Probably not the form of human trafficking you imagine.” Shandra attained a college degree in her native Indonesia and was employed as a financial analyst at a major international bank. But in 1998, due […]

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Is the law in Yemen moving closer to a ban on child marriage?

Suad Abu-Dayyeh for Equaltiy Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EQ) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: The Human Rights Ministry of Yemen has confirmed that one of its officials has helped to prevent the wedding of a 12-year-old girl, which was due to take place earlier this month. Hiba was to be married in Taiz, Southern Yemen, but […]

In spite of polarities, numerous Egyptians remain committed to peace

In spite of polarities, numerous Egyptians remain committed to peace

Randa Ghazy – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: Peace may not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Cairo these days. The Egyptian political landscape now appears more polarized than ever, and last week’s renewed clashes again highlighted divisiveness between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood. But Cairo […]

Creating art in the context of a global economy

Creating art in the context of a global economy

Elizabeth Grant – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/OD) Kingston, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: Newspapers seem regularly to report on ever-more record-breaking auction sales for blue-chip artists (both dead & alive) and many of the art-stars of today have embraced celebrity culture to such an extent that one might wonder where friendship ends and self-parody begins? While the art […]

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Claire Provost – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) London, U.K.: Held up for decades as something of a “miracle cure” for global poverty, microfinance became one of the world’s most high-profile and generously funded development interventions. Everyone, it seemed, was talking about how small loans could unlock endless opportunities for the world’s poorest people. By 2010, however, […]

Marriage laws in modern China still leave women behind

Marriage laws in modern China still leave women behind

Leta Hong Fincher – WNN Opinion (WNN) Beijing, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: China’s Supreme People’s Court in August, 2011 issued a new interpretation of the country’s Marriage Law to state that after divorce, marital property belongs solely to the person who took out a mortgage and registered as home owner. Most residential property is registered […]