PERU: Medical war on women's reproductive rights continues

PERU: Medical war on women's reproductive rights continues

Rhona Scullion – WNN Features (WNN) Lima, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA: The noise in Lima, Peru’s grey capital city, is overwhelming as countless vehicles tear around each other using car horns indiscriminately despite large signs proclaiming, “Silencio” on every street. They take no notice of the demands. A similar attitude prevails towards women’s rights in this […]

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 […]

Lack of sustainable engergy is harder on women

Lack of sustainable engergy is harder on women

Lisa Anderson for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTHERN AMERICA: More than 2 billion people in the world have limited or no access to electricity. Nearly 3 billion still cook over fires, and more than 4 million die each year due to indoor pollution generated by lack of […]

International film festival empowers women in Turkey

International film festival empowers women in Turkey

Julia Nho – Today’s Zaman – Wednesday, 14 May 2014 (originally published  09 May) Flying Broom (Uçan Süpürge), an Ankara-based women’s NGO, commenced its 17th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival on Thursday night at the State Opera and Ballet house in Ankara. One of the most pressing problems affecting the empowerment of women in […]

Voices For Causes

Voices For Causes

Zeenab Aneez – Hindu – Monday, 10 February 2014 (originally published 09 Feb) For Amy Ziff (vocals, cello), Alyson Palmer (vocals, electric bass) and Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar) of BETTY, being part of a band has always meant more than playing great music together. The artist-activists were in the city as art envoys of the […]

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 […]

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Don’t tell Muslim women what to wear

Frida Ghitis – CNN – Thursday, 07 November 2013 (originally published  04 Nov) (CNN) — When a police officer demanded that she cover her hair, Amira Osman Hamed simply refused. “I’m Muslim, and I’m not going to cover my head,” she declared. For that, the 35-year-old Sudanese engineer was arrested last August and charged with […]

National UN women director visiting Malawi

National UN women director visiting Malawi

Mana – Nyasa Times – Thursday, 10 October 2013 (originally published 08 Oct) Newly-appointed Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is visiting Malawi on her first official three-day country mission to reinforce UN Women’s support in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaboration with the government, civil society, private sector and […]

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

South Africa Heritage Day is for women too!

Claudia Forster-Towne – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Its National Braai Day again, a colloquial name given to South Africa’s Heritage Day. It is a day when South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and diversity in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. But, the truth of […]

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 […]

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