• Women’s Issues

    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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    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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    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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    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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    As Abortion Rights Expand in Some Regions, Others Absorb Setbacks

    by  • September 21, 2014 • Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Pro-abortion rally in Spain.

      Even as more countries have expanded the rights of women to safe, legal abortions in the last 20 years, some countries — particularly certain areas in the United States and in Central America — have rolled back such rights with equal intensity by imposing tighter restrictions. The issue of abortion, embedded in the...

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    Women’s Feature Service: Mapping the Struggles of Feminism in India

    by  • September 1, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Pamela Phillipose

    Pamela Phillipose was editor of the Women’s Feature Service, the only syndicated news service in India with a gender perspective, for nearly six years, until she stepped down this year as editor in chief and director. She wore other hats for the publication as well, writing and photographing. The service began operating in India...

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    New Investment Law in Peru Undermines Rights of Indigenous Women

    by  • August 19, 2014 • Climate and Environment, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    Chincheros Indiomarket in Cuzco

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new law in Peru encouraging investment in the country’s extractive industries has reignited the debate on the lack of power indigenous women have in the mostly rural societies where they often live. The International Indigenous Women’s Forum, which drew more than 60 native women from across the world to Peru last month,...

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    Millions of Children Remain Out of School, Many of Them Girls

    by  • August 13, 2014 • Education, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls reciting Quranic verses at an Islamic school in Maiduguri, Nigeria. JOE PENNEY

    Positive trends in education have been achieved in 17 countries, where out-of-school populations, one-quarter of the global total, have been reduced by nearly 90 percent since 2000, says a new report from Unesco. But with progress comes a sobering reality: the goal of universal primary education by 2015 will not be reached. Millions of...

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