‘Women human rights defenders deserve our protection’, says Nobel Laureate Jody Williams

‘Women human rights defenders deserve our protection’, says Nobel Laureate Jody Williams

Jody Williams for The Nobel Women’s Initiative – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/NWI) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines. These women are defending their land and the environment and providing a voice to […]

Woman faces prison for showing human rights film in Malaysia

Woman faces prison for showing human rights film in Malaysia

WNN Justice (WNN/FLD) Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: On 7 November 2013, human rights defender Lena Hendry is due to appear at Majistret Court 6, Duta High Court Complex in Kuala Lumpur. She is charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening a documentary exposing human rights violations committed by the Sri Lankan military […]

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

Incarcerating Afghan women for ‘moral crimes is unjust says Human Rights Watch

WNN Justice (WNN/HRW) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: The Afghan government should take urgent steps to halt an alarming increase in women and girls imprisoned for “moral crimes,” Human Rights Watch said on Monday, May 21, 2013.  Commitments by senior government officials to end such abuses have had little practical impact. Statistics from Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry […]

Can Afghan women benefit from local or national law strategies?

Can Afghan women benefit from local or national law strategies?

Mark Tran – WNN Justice (WNN/GDN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: Afghanistan’s constitution and domestic laws offer extensive protection to women, yet abuse of Afghan women from domestic violence, sexual harassment and rape to trafficking of women and children and “honour killings” is pervasive. Even where violations of the 2009 law on the elimination of violence […]

CONGO: Women seeking justice at ICC see case dismissed

CONGO: Women seeking justice at ICC see case dismissed

WNN Breaking (WNN/FIDH) Geneva, Switzerland, THE HAGUE, ICC: The International Criminal Court in Geneva, Switzerland has just dismissed an important case that may have brought relief for women seeking justice against sexual atrocity in Africa’s Congo region. At the same time the ICC is calling for more detailed investigations. The Trial Chamber II of the […]

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, […]

Kashmir women seek justice in mounting cases surrounding ‘The Disappeared’

Kashmir women seek justice in mounting cases surrounding ‘The Disappeared’

Aliya Bashir – WNN Justice (WNN) Srinagar, Indian Administered KASHMIR: For over two decades, it has been an endless wait for families in the Indian Administered Region of Kashmir. Missing what they fondly call “their dear ones” these families have experienced what they describe as “immense pain” for family members who have disappeared from the […]

Scalable progress for women now moving swiftly in Mongolia

Scalable progress for women now moving swiftly in Mongolia

Michelle Tolson – WNN Improve It (WNN/UBP) Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA: Thanks to the vast mineral wealth inside the region, Mongolia is now showing progress toward the reduction of poverty nationwide. Men, as well as women and their children, throughout Mongolia are now inline to receive a boost from the Mongolian economy because of this, but other […]