Annual U.N. CSW Session Examines Sustainability Links to Empowerment, Poverty, Violence

Jessica Buchleitner,  WNN Correspondent to the United Nations – WNN features (WNN) New York, New York, NORTH AMERICA –Coined the ‘busiest week for gender and women’s issues at the United Nations’ by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, delegates, diplomats, heads of states and civil society NGO leaders convened from March 14-24 at U.N. headquarters to examine […]

Men for Women’s Rights: Young SRHR leaders Show the Way

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) Bali, INDONESIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA: Desmond Nji Atanga of Cameroon’s Bamenda was all of 14 years old when he first spoke to his friends about HIV, safe sex and condoms. It shocked some, but also delighted many to hear the young school-going boy talk of issues that most adults are […]

World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground

World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground

Isobel Coleman – Council on Foreign Relations – Wednesday, 21 May 2014 (originally published 17 May) Over the past several decades, the World Bank has been an important thought leader on the value of investing in women and girls. In 2001, the Bank released a seminal report, “Engendering Development – Through Gender Equality in Rights, […]

Give Women farmers a level field

Give Women farmers a level field

Brenda Schoepp for Alberta Farmer Express – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Alberta, CANADA, AMERICA: There has been a global failure to improve infrastructure and address policy to enable women to access the same level of education, technology, credit, and land ownership. In many countries I have seen how this has left farming women unprepared for the current […]

Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria

Girls brave violence for their education in northern Nigeria

Alkasim Abdulkadir for GDN – WNN Learning! (WNN/GDN) Chibok, NIGERIA: Halimatu Usman, 14, spends her days doing house chores in her home of Marte, near Lake Chad in Borno state, Nigeria. Her school has been shut to pre-empt attacks from members of the Jama’atul Alhul Sunnah Lidda’wati wal Jihad or Boko Haram (meaning western education […]

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

WNN partner IRIN for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. […]

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Comprehensive data is vital for global women's empowerment

Lisa Anderson for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: If countries can’t be convinced to invest in the welfare of women and girls because it’s the right thing to do, they might be persuaded by numbers that prove that it’s the smart thing to do for their societies […]

Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Putting women at global decision making tables requires action!, says Equality Now

Shelby Quast – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Washington, D.C. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Peace accords which include women and civil society organizations have a much higher chance of sustainability than those formulated by only men.  These lessons should be applied to countries-in-transition like Egypt, Yemen and Syria, where the participation of everyone in the peace-making process is vital. What does strong […]

Despite all, Saudi women upbeat about future empowerment

Despite all, Saudi women upbeat about future empowerment

SyndiGate – Albawaba – Wednesday, 02 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept) Despite a recent World Bank report saying that Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries for laws that limit women’s economic potential, Saudi women are optimistic that empowerment among them is growing. The World Bank report notes that nearly 90 percent of the […]

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