Are politicians using Afghanistan women’s movement for personal gains?

Are politicians using Afghanistan women’s movement for personal gains?

Frud Bezhann for RFE/RL – WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: When Wave of Change, a female-led political movement, was unveiled last week in Afghanistan, it was greeted with applause by women’s rights activists. The movement, led by influential female lawmaker and outspoken rights campaigner Fawzia Koofi, was hailed as an important step in […]

Can architecture and design help improve women’s rights?

Can architecture and design help improve women’s rights?

Reena Jana – Smart Planet – Wednesday, 26 September 2012 (originally published 24 Sept) NEW YORK–”This panel is a bit of a pioneer,” Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times columnist, said with a smile. He was speaking to a crowd of leaders in the areas of diplomacy, business, and culture gathered at the Clinton Global […]

Faculty cultivates Turkish women’s agricultural skills

Faculty cultivates Turkish women’s agricultural skills

Syjil Ashraf – Daily Targum – Wednesday, 09 November 2011 (originally published 06 Nov) The Women Farmers Project, a program launched in part by a University professor, centers on training Turkish women how to grow as farmers. Robin Brumfield, a farm management specialist at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Mick Minard, strategic […]

Give Women the Seeds and They Can Feed the World

Give Women the Seeds and They Can Feed the World

Melanie Haider – IPS – Tuesday, 27 September 2011 (originally published 25 Sept) UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25, 2011 (IPS) – If women farmers were given more tools and resources, the number of hungry people in the world could be slashed by 100 to 150 million. This was the message conveyed by Josette Sheeran, executive director […]

Clinton, Rousseff urge greater female role in politics

Clinton, Rousseff urge greater female role in politics

Mariano Andrade – AFP – Thursday, 22 September 2011 (originally published 20 Sept) UNITED NATIONS — Prominent female politicians including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff joined voices Monday to demand a greater global political role for women. “Despite notable progress, gender inequality persists,” Rousseff, who became Brazil’s first female […]

China stuck in a gender balance time warp

China stuck in a gender balance time warp

Carolynne Wheeler – The Globe and Mail – Tuesday, 20 September 2011 Among developing nations, China is modernizing by leaps and bounds — its economy still growing fast, its railways converting to high speed, its road networks growing, and skyscrapers lining its city streets. Yet there is one area in which China is still lagging […]

Cuba’s ‘Ladies in White’ targeted with arbitrary arrest and intimidation

Cuba’s ‘Ladies in White’ targeted with arbitrary arrest and intimidation

Mihai Romanciuc – Amnesty International – Tuesday, 30 August 2011 (originally published 22 Aug) The Cuban authorities must end their intimidation of a group of women campaigning for the release of political prisoners, Amnesty International said after 19 of the group’s members were re-arrested yesterday. The latest detentions took place yesterday in and near the […]

Women’s reproductive rights under threat in Colombia

Women’s reproductive rights under threat in Colombia

Hanna Hindstrom – WNN Features (WNN) Buga, COLOMBIA: At 11 years old, Nina was raped by her stepfather. Traumatised and pregnant, she sought an abortion. But every doctor she met claimed conscientious objection and refused. She was forced to travel 35 miles to another city, where she eventually tracked down an obstetrician willing to help. She […]

Mexico’s indigenous domestics want education and human rights

Mexico’s indigenous domestics want education and human rights

Maria Antonieta Gómez Álvarez / Chiapas correspondent WNN Features San Cristóbal de las Casas – Chiapas, Mexico — As maids, cooks, nannies and housekeepers they work behind closed doors, away from the public eye; unprotected by Mexican labor laws. Carmen Sánchez Gómez’s hand trembles as she struggles to form the letters her teacher slowly spells […]

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