Being accused of crimes after facing gang-rape in Sudan

Being accused of crimes after facing gang-rape in Sudan

Kimberly M. Brown for Equality Now – WNN Justice commentary (WNN/EN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA:  Last August, while house hunting in Omdurman, Sudan, a 19-year-old pregnant and divorced Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property and brutally gang-raped by a group of seven young men. Immediately after the attack, a police officer found the […]

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

Iran women rights defenders stay away from UN conference in fear of reprisals

WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: On Monday March 10 nation members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland along with UN experts discussed heightened dangers for human rights defenders worldwide. Not only are dangers increasing, safe locations for human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders is “shrinking,” […]

New Egypt demonstration law allows unjust arrests of women protesters, say advocates

New Egypt demonstration law allows unjust arrests of women protesters, say advocates

WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Militarism and its push toward military armed violence is one of the leading factors contributing today to violence against women worldwide, says a new campaign for human rights advocates Amnesty International. Working to coordinate with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign the human rights […]

Women use Facebook to speak out against Italy’s fallen leader Berlusconi

Women use Facebook to speak out against Italy’s fallen leader Berlusconi

WNN Breaking (WNN) Milan, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: Charged with abuse of office after years of hiding a sexual relationship with a minor Italy’s fallen 76-year-old leader Silvio Berlusconi continues to deny all charges made against him. As a seasoned politician, Berlusconi successfully won the heart of Italy’s political momentum through the office of Italy’s prime […]

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Afghan men work to strengthen the fight for women & girls in Afghanistan

Amina Zia Massoud – WNN Features WNN – Women News Network Afghan correspondent Amina Zia Massoud outlines her ‘insider perspective’ covering the negative effects of change that might come to the country if a more ‘Talibanized’ region is part of Afghanistan’s imminent future. How are women’s advocates inside Afghanistan feeling as the time for U.S. […]

We can’t turn away from “the global problem” – FGM

We can’t turn away from “the global problem” – FGM

Cristina Ollagnier – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Strasbourg, FRANCE: I’ve known about the supreme abomination concerning female genital mutilation for over 20 years now. Still, the subject is rarely visible in the media world. There are only a handful (poor) associations who fight and inform against it, and despite some African countries to have forbidden it, […]

Can we re-gender empowerment and equality of the sexes?

Can we re-gender empowerment and equality of the sexes?

Johannah Reimer – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Kerala, INDIA: In the past two decades feminist advocacy and international development goals, policies, and funding have focused exclusively on women and girls as the best path towards sustainable development. Yet through this development focus, men’s perspectives and needs have been entirely evaded causing a rift in gender perception […]