Cuban government cracks down on women protesters

Cuban government cracks down on women protesters

Anddy Sierra Alvarez for IWPR – WNN Breaking (WNN/IWPR) Havana, CUBA, AMERICAS: The Cuban government is cracking down hard on weekly protest marches by Damas de Blanco dissident group in the western city of Cárdenas. For more than three months, activists say, they have been harassed, arrested and beaten in an attempt to prevent them […]

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 […]

On the frontline with female reporters

On the frontline with female reporters

Hannah Storm – Media Online – Wednesday, 29 August 2012 (originally published 27 Aug) International journalist Hannah Storm put together a groundbreaking book of the personal experiences of women journalists in war-zones. She explains why she did it. It’s almost 18 months since Cairo’s Tahrir Square entered the media’s collective consciousness as the birthplace of […]

Women’s Prisons – A Global State of Crisis

Women’s Prisons – A Global State of Crisis

LYS ANZIA –  WNN Features “The strategy used in women’s prisons now is one of humiliation rather than rehabilitation,” said Jane Evelyn Atwood in her 2007 Amnesty International video documentary, “Too Much Time.” For nine years, Atwood photographed and documented the conditions for women in 40 women’s prisons worldwide including the US, Europe and Eastern […]

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

When a Girl Student Stands Up and Wins

Fighting teacher-student rape in Zambia Sally Chiwama – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AFRICA: In Feb 2006, only three months before the Zambian government ratified the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, a young girl student was calculatingly raped by her greatest authority figure, her own school teacher. The minor and […]

A Nation’s Lowest Women Work Under Severe Degradation

A Nation’s Lowest Women Work Under Severe Degradation

By Shuriah Niazi with Lys Anzia – WNN Features – Manual Scavenging Girl, India – Matt Corks 2006 image – “In some urban slums of many major cities of India, and more so in the case of semi-urban areas, dry toilets are a sad part of the common reality,” said Dr. Sam Paul, National Secretary […]

The Heavyweight Girls of Manipur

The Heavyweight Girls of Manipur

Thingnam Anjulika Samom – Panos correspondent – WNN Features Manipur Children eat kobok, a local sweet. Photo image – Ratan Luwangcha-Drik When food is scarce in many parts of rural India, girls are fed less than their brothers. But in the north-eastern region it’s a different story. (WNN) INDIA – Tucked away near the Himalayas […]

South African HIV Women Suffer Under Inequality

South African HIV Women Suffer Under Inequality

WNN Features – WNN Report / Amnesty International Violence and extreme poverty in rural South Africa place women at grave risk of becoming infected with HIV, according to a new report by Amnesty International. This undermines the ability of women who are HIV positive to seek and obtain treatment, thus worsening a national epidemic that […]