Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

Why is the language of human rights still ignoring women?

Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Santa Rosa, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: It was when I began to have images of women from around the world who are suffering flash before my mind, that the reality of the state of the world started ‘sinking in’ after my trip to the United Nations Commission […]

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 […]

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Nearly 1 million each year: deaths from malaria's mosquitoes

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Chittagong, Bangladesh, SOUTHERN ASIA: “They prefer to feed on pregnant women.” I heard this statement time and again as I conducted research into malaria, the parasitic infectious disease often referred to as “The world’s perfect killer.” In 2012 there was an estimated 207 million malaria cases, and despite incredible […]

Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Leniency in rape laws depends on vote in Mozambique, Africa

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Washington D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Every day we open newspapers around the world to read stories of the tragic injustices faced by women and girls in their communities. Often we remark in disgust, wondering what could’ve been done and how we can prevent such atrocities from […]

Mother power makes for a better world

Mother power makes for a better world

Chantal Pierrat – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Boulder, Colorado, UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: I always imagined what it would be like to have a daughter: pretty clothes, soft, fluffy things, pink ballet slippers. I imagined sharing all my womanly secrets with her and creating the most superwoman human being that ever lived. But instead I was graced […]

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Targeted because they went to school – Nigeria's missing girls

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka with Babatunde Osotimehin – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTH AMERICA: Today more than 200 school girls will wake up to another day in an unthinkable nightmare. Three weeks ago, they were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In […]

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