• Women’s Issues

    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 • 
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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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    Syrian Women Working for Peace and Political Action

    by  • October 21, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Posters on the wall

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian women filled the conference room and lobby of a hotel in this border city for one week in late August this year. They were the focus of a “Space for Collaboration” workshop, providing networking and training to women working on political solutions to the Syrian civil war. A majority of...

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    The Lure of Violent Extremism for Women: A Terrorism Specialist Explains

    by  • November 9, 2014 • Africa, Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 
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    Liat Shetret

    Liat Shetret is the director of the New York office for the Global Center on Cooperative Security, a nonprofit group that helps governments and other organizations develop responses to international security issues. Shetret’s work — currently focused in Africa — focuses on community engagement in terrorism prevention, countering violent extremism, the use of Internet...

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    Child Brides as Slave Labor: The UN Is Conflicted

    by  • November 3, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    Narmada, above, Narmada was supported by the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF), a member of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

    During the six years that Gulnara Shahinian served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, she said on numerous occasions, as well as in a 2012 report to the General Assembly, that girls forced to marry against their will end up being condemned to a life of servility and...

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    Projecting Future Populations Requires Tracking the Past

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Cuba Libre in Havana. CHRISTOPHER MICHEL/CREATIVE COMMONS

    In politics it is often said: “While the future is known, it’s the past that keeps changing.” In demography, it’s exactly the opposite: while the past is known, it’s the future that keeps changing. That is simply because population’s fundamental building blocks — births, deaths and migrations — are not fixed but vary over...

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    Ebola’s Treacherous Claw Reaches Women the Most

    by  • September 23, 2014 • Africa, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    A pregnant woman lays by herself on a stretcher as people watch from a distance, afraid to touch her as she is suspected of having Ebola, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    The United Nations has been almost the sole international body to ring any alarm bells about the disproportionate effect of the Ebola disease outbreak on women and children, where it has found that up to 75 percent of reported cases are women and approximately 2.5 million children under 5 years old live in Ebola-affected...

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    Women Refugees in Germany Demand Better Conditions, and the Government Responds

    by  • October 2, 2014 • Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    Elizabeth Nagri

    BERLIN, Germany – António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, recently praised Germany’s asylum policy, calling it a “positive example for other European states to follow.” In the streets of Berlin, however, the situation appears to be far from positive. In the last few months, the German capital has experienced several high-profile demonstrations...

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    Where Ecuador Stands on Assange and on a ‘Good Life’

    by  • October 5, 2014 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Latin America, Poverty, US Foreign Relations, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Ricardo Patino

    Ecuador’s foreign minister says his country will indefinitely host the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, at its embassy in London if that is what it takes to spare him from an eventual extradition to the United States. In a wide-ranging interview with PassBlue during the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly in late...

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    10 Snapshots of Smarter Peacekeeping

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, General Assembly, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Pakistani peacekeepers arrive in the Central African Republic.

    It may seem that major current triumphs are hard to find when it comes to the work of United Nations Peacekeeping Department and its blue-helmeted military, police and civilian units, which have hit a record high number of 130,000 personnel worldwide. Led by Hervé Ladsous, a Frenchman, the department faces daunting challenges as it...

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