Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Girls, not guns: The promise of progress for South Sudan

Tracy Fehr – WNN Opinon (WNN/EP) Juba, SOUTH SUDAN, AFRICA: During the first year of independence for the world’s newest nation, women of South Sudan united to amplify their voices and ensure their rights are guaranteed in the constitution and enforced by the government. These efforts have led to some milestones in the development of […]

INDIA: Those with more power in society create more femicide

INDIA: Those with more power in society create more femicide

Rita Banerji – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Calcutta, INDIA: The biggest myth about India’s female genocide is that it’s caused by poverty and illiteracy. If so, we should see the worst gender ratio for girls among India’s poorest. But as the Indian census shows, the best, indeed the most normal gender ratio is in India’s bottommost […]

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

With amnesty off the table Ugandan rebels could remain in force

Gillian Lamunu – WNN Opinion (WNN/IWPR) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: Last month, the Ugandan government dropped its 12-year-old amnesty for rebel combatants who decide to lay down their arms and renounce violence. On May 23, Interior Minister Hilary Onek extended the Amnesty Act for a further 12 months, but in a form that left out crucial clauses […]

Online advertising may be only funding doorway to keep Egypt’s bloggers going

Online advertising may be only funding doorway to keep Egypt’s bloggers going

Nadine El Sayed – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Cairo, EGYPT: Social media and blogs play a crucial role in maintaining a diversified, vibrant and well-rounded public sphere in Egypt. Social media clearly played a large role in the Egyptian uprising and political bloggers and online activists helped create a dynamic public sphere online during and after the […]

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 […]

Congratulating Bhutan’s first woman Supreme Court judge

Congratulating Bhutan’s first woman Supreme Court judge

Langa Tenzin – WNN Opinion (WNN) Nangkor, BHUTAN: First of all, I would like to offer my hearty congratulations to the recently elected first women Dzongda [governor] and now the newly appointed woman Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan.  I am proud of our country when it comes to gender equality and the performance of […]

Women’s work to create a new Libya ‘is not finished yet’!

Women’s work to create a new Libya ‘is not finished yet’!

Dr. Souad Sherif – WNN Opinion (WNN/VV) Sharjah, U.A.E.: Although the results of the Libyan election showed an increase in female representation in the General National Congress, there is still progress to be made. Many still don’t believe that women can lead, and many women aren’t aware of their rights or their capabilities.  Dr. Souad Sherif, a participant […]

Stoning in Iran can be stopped through human rights, global advocacy & action

Stoning in Iran can be stopped through human rights, global advocacy & action

Elahe Amani – WNN Opinion (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: The U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1984 through resolution 39/46. The Convention entered into force on June 26, 1987. This United Nations Convention against Torture […]

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