Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

Elahe Amani with Mina Keshavarz – WNN Interviews (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: While it has been said that art is the currency of the 21st century, many artists around the world are facing insurmountable challenges. Women artists, especially in Iran, must overcome cultural, social and historical obstacles in exercising their freedom of expression. They must walk a […]

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It!

Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity. Picture It!

UN Women – Huffington Post – Friday, 08 August 2014 (originally published 07 Aug) Nearly 20 years ago, the world came together in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. There, 189 governments adopted a visionary road map for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Some 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists […]

Barrier-free Storytelling

Barrier-free Storytelling

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – WNN Interviews (WNN/RFE/RL) Istanbul, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish novelist, who writes in both English and Turkish. She has published 13 books, including “The Bastard of Istanbul,” “The Forty Rules of Love,” “Honor,” and her nonfiction memoir “Black Milk,” an account of her struggle with post-partum […]

Egypt’s women refuse to be intimidated

Egypt’s women refuse to be intimidated

Zainab Salbi – Guardian – Wednesday, 20 November 2013 (originally published 15 Nov) Egyptian women were at the heart of the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Their contribution ranged from work in the labor movement to a female journalist breaking taboos by suing the government for harassment. They walked shoulder to shoulder with men as […]

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Value us! Fair pay for domestic work in Nicaragua

Catherine Hoskyns – New Internationalists – 15 August 2013 (originally published 12 Aug) An innovative development is currently taking place in Nicaragua. A number of co-operatives with Fair Trade contracts are including in the costs of production (for sesame oil and green coffee) a component for the unpaid work of women. They see this work […]

Women’s shelter for new Canadians presses for stable funding

Women’s shelter for new Canadians presses for stable funding

CBC News – Wednesday, 14  August 2013 (originally published  12 Aug) An Edmonton shelter that helps refugee and immigrant women escape violent situations is worried about its future if it can’t find more stable sources of funding. The program known as WIN III is operated by the Edmonton Women’s Shelter, which runs two other shelters […]

Italy passes new laws to tackle violence against women

Italy passes new laws to tackle violence against women

Lizzy Davies – Guardian – Monday, 12 August 2013 (originally published 08 Aug)   Italy‘s prime minister has vowed to crack down on violence against women, as the government passed a package of measures designed to tackle the problem. “We believe that in our country there was a need to give a very strong sign […]

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