• Women’s Issues

    The Post-2015 Goals: People Around the World Talk Back

    by  • January 25, 2015 • Development, Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    Men guide camels on a bridge through traffic in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013.

    Advocates offering some alternative ideas and a few dissenting views on the Sustainable Development Goals on track to be adopted by the United Nations at a special session later this year are convening on Jan. 26 in New York to air opinions from all major developing regions on this critical new proposed set of...

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    2015: A Year of Potential Landmarks for the UN

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    The view of a helicopter floating above the Peruvian Andes during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's trip to the country in December 2014 for the climate change conference. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    By almost every measure, this year will be monumental for the United Nations. The organization will be 70 years old and that will inspire, as anniversaries always do, a lot of stocktaking, analysis and, of course, criticism. Past stumbles will get attention and an army of  “reformers” will offer prescriptions for the future. In...

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    In Poland, Women’s Sexual-Health Rights Kept Tightly Controlled

    by  • January 6, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    WARSAW — In Geneva in late October, the Polish government finally reported on its adherence to the United Nations committee that monitors discrimination against women. The committee had been waiting 10 years for the report, which was due no later than 2010. The long-awaited document and discussions that followed in the committee keeping track...

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    Yazidi Women in Iraq Describe ‘Unspeakable Brutality’ Under IS Rule

    by  • January 4, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    The news from Syria and Iraq is most often dominated by besieged cities and airstrikes on the strongholds of the Muslim extremists of the Islamic State. What those fighters are doing to women they abduct is often hidden by the terrorizing captivity under which they are held. The daily horror of torture, rape and...

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    In 2014, a Year of Catastrophes, Women Still Made Some Gains

    by  • December 26, 2014 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Michelle Bachelet

    Amid the horrors that women and girls have suffered around the world in 2014 — including being forced to flee their homes by the hundreds of thousands in Syria, the sexual enslavement of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnapping and forced conversion to radical Islam of girls from schools in northern Nigeria...

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    Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

    by  • December 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 9 Comments
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    Ameerah Haq

    Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of...

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    Somaly Mam, Anti-Trafficking Crusader Caught in a Scandal, Revives Her Cause

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Somaly Mam in 2010. Her anti-trafficking work has been hurt because of scandals sourced to questions about her life story. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALY

    PHNOM PENH — Dueling depictions of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian activist who has campaigned against sex trafficking in her country and elsewhere, have splashed across large media outlets in the last six months. Mam, who contends she was a child prostitute, became a worldwide name when her story was written by The New York...

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    With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

    by  • November 20, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    BAMAKO, Mali — In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching...

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    To Empower Women, Take a Cue From Rural Men in Maharashtra

    by  • November 24, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, India, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls learning to speak out, and boys to listen.PAMELA PHILIPOSE/WOMEN'S FEATURE SERVICE

    PUNE, India — They came at her with knives and other weapons so that they could disrupt her meetings and prove her ineffective. When Sangeeta Banne became the first woman to head a local government council in the state of Maharashtra she knew what she faced. The battle leading up to her election had...

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