AFGHANISTAN: "I call this time ‘the era of awareness’"

AFGHANISTAN: "I call this time ‘the era of awareness’"

Dr. Humaira Qaderi for FIDH – WNN Improve It (WNN/FIDH) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTH ASIA: Dr Humaira Qaderi is a writer and women’s rights activist. She was a teenager during the years of the Taliban, when girls were forbidden from going to school and libraries were closed. Qaderi read whatever she could find and attended underground […]

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Becoming strong: The challenges facing women in Timor-Leste

Jemma Williams – WNN Features (WNN) Dili, TIMOR-LESTE, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Fourteen years ago, when Juliana (Lica) Marçal was only 17 years old, she hid inside the Ave Maria church in Suai, East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste, as a horrific massacre took place. Marçal witnessed an attack that lasted for two hours that resulted in […]

New Palestinian music video travels in time to depict honour violence

New Palestinian music video travels in time to depict honour violence

WNN breaking (WNN/UNW) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: “Before she was murdered, she wasn’t alive. We’ll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth…” begin the Arabic rap lyrics, soon interlaced with a mournful chorus from the renowned Palestinian soloist Amal Murkus. As if rewinding a video in slow motion, you see a young […]

One Tibetan woman’s tragic path to self-immolation

One Tibetan woman’s tragic path to self-immolation

Jason Burke – Guardian – Monday, 02 April 2012 (original published 26 Mar) Tsering Kyi had witnessed the erosion of her family’s way of life and the repression of her fellow students’ protests. This month she doused herself in five litres of petrol and set herself alight. As a young girl, Tsering Kyi’s favourite days […]

My way of helping out

My way of helping out

Geraldine Panapasa – Fiji Times – Wednesday, 28 March 2012 (originally published 26 Mar) IN the build-up to the 2014 elections, organisations like Pacific Dialogue are committed to ensuring a peaceful and democratic Fiji. At the forefront of their programs are people dedicated to spreading awareness to the underrepresented groups about their valuable contribution to […]

Becoming an abuse statistic in patriarchal India

Becoming an abuse statistic in patriarchal India

Nita Bhalla – BBC – Thursday, 22 March 2012 (originally published 19 Mar) Journalist Nita Bhalla recounts the lingering scars – physical and mental – from an assault on her and draws a wider lesson about violence against women in patriarchal India. I stand in front of the mirror, surveying my face and body – […]

Protect Afghan women

Protect Afghan women

Vindy.com – Tuesday, 28 February 2012 Fawzia Koofi, the 19th of her father’s 23 children by seven wives, was put outside to die after she was born, because she was female. Badly burned by the sun, she survived. Backed by her strong-willed, illiterate mother, she overcame the horrors of civil war and Taliban rule to […]

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