Equality for women should come right along with basic human rights

Equality for women should come right along with basic human rights

Lys Anzia – WNN Commentary (WNN) WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES: As International Women’s Equality Day comes and goes we all need to ask this question: what does “equality” really mean? And why have millions of women been fighting for equality worldwide for centuries? These are the questions that continue to haunt women, as well as […]

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Why is it so important for women to be included in peace processes?

Vanina Serra – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD/50:50) The Hague, The Netherlands, WESTERN EUROPE: On 27 March 2014, a historic first was achieved: a peace agreement led by a woman chief mediator was signed. The Filipino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the  Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), putting an end to four decades […]

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Lisa Anderson for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: If countries can’t be convinced to invest in the welfare of women and girls because it’s the right thing to do, they might be persuaded by numbers that prove that it’s the smart thing to do for their societies […]

“We cannot remain silent,” say fifty Syrian women at United Nations

“We cannot remain silent,” say fifty Syrian women at United Nations

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The voice of Syrian women must be heard in all efforts to resolve the civil war that is tearing their country apart, a United Nations-sponsored conference declared on January 13, stressing that women’s participation is vital in shaping a peaceful future for the strife-wracked Middle Eastern […]

Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Shelby Quast – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Washington, D.C. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Peace accords which include women and civil society organizations have a much higher chance of sustainability than those formulated by only men.  These lessons should be applied to countries-in-transition like Egypt, Yemen and Syria, where the participation of everyone in the peace-making process is vital. What does strong […]

Afghan women need protection to reach election polls, says Dr. Sima Simar

Afghan women need protection to reach election polls, says Dr. Sima Simar

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters from being murdered and to safeguard transparency, Afghan human rights activist Sima Samar said on Tuesday. “If one or two […]

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

Empowering women social entrepreneurs in India

Adam Pillsbury  – The Guardian News – Friday, 08 November 2013 (originally published 05 Nov) New ‘Young Women Social Entrepreneurship Development Programme’ in India is to identify women working in social enterprises and train them to become ‘Master Trainers’ The economic reforms India launched in 1991 have led to a quadrupling of its GDP, a […]

Why U.S. can’t deliver women’s rights to Afghanistan

Why U.S. can’t deliver women’s rights to Afghanistan

Malou Innocent – CNN – Tuesday 2 March, 2013 Editor’s note: Malou Innocent is a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute and can be followed @malouinnocent. The views expressed are the writer’s own. During his recent unannounced visit to Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with prominent female entrepreneurs and the captain of the […]