• Women’s Issues

    The Legal Push to End Genital Cutting of Girls in the US and Abroad Progresses

    by  • August 11, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    More scenes of the reconciliation ceremony held by the Tasaru Rescue Center in Narok, Kenya.  PAUL MUNENE

    Almost 20 years have passed since the genital mutilation of girls has been outlawed in the United States, but the traditional practice has continued to grow ever faster in recent years with increased immigration from parts of Africa where it is most common. It is estimated that more than 500,000 girls and women in...

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    Women’s Rights and the UN: A Long History of Ups and Downs

    by  • August 10, 2015 • UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    For International Women's Day, UN Women organized a street rally. J. CARRIER/UN WOMEN

    The 2010 creation of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (or UN Women) represented an unusual organizational consolidation instead of the typical proliferation. It had a promising start under strong leadership but faces serious challenges with growing resistance to gender equality. Support for women’s rights has a long and checkered...

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    As the World’s Older Population Increases, Can Cities Handle the Influx?

    by  • July 27, 2015 • Cities, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    New York Harbor. JOHN PENNEY

    A trio of megatrends that could radically change the makeup of cities around the world is about to converge. “You have two very powerful trends,” says John Wilmoth, director of the United Nations Population Division. “There’s aging of population and there’s an urbanization that’s taking place. It’s not only movement to cities, but it’s...

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    US Policy Denies Emergency Abortion Globally for War Rape Victims

    by  • July 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Boko Haram hostages

    In 1973, Jesse Helms, a newly elected United States senator and an ideologue contemptuous of the United Nations, dismissive of international treaties and completely devoid of compassion for the world’s poor, put his name on an amendment to the landmark 1961 United States Foreign Assistance Act banning any use of US funds to support...

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    This Palestinian Policewoman Has Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence

    by  • July 16, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    RAMALLAH — As the head of the Palestinian Civil Police Family and Juvenile Protection Unit, Lieut. Col. Wafa Muammar is the highest-ranking female officer in the Palestinian police force and a role model for women trying to find their own space in what has been considered a man’s profession here. Among the first generation...

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    Tunisian Women Feel Their Rights Eroding

    by  • July 9, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    A market in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, where women say their rights are eroding. JOHANNA HIGGS

    TUNIS — Tunisia has possessed the rare reputation of being progressive in gender equality in the Middle East-North African region. Yet with the rise of an Islamist political party in Tunisia after its relatively placid revolution in 2011, the question is, how have women fared in the post-Arab spring landscape? In Tunis, the cosmopolitan...

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    Starting From Scratch as a Non-Western Immigrant in Canada

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Health and Population, Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    "At the Immigrant Women's Association of Manitoba, dance

    WINNIPEG, Canada — Every new immigrant to Canada has to live through the three stages of acculturation, which for most people is not easy. First comes the thrill and joy of exploring a new land, then feelings of marginalization and hostility toward the host country and, finally, acceptance. The numbers of non-European immigrant women...

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    Pursuing Justice for Peruvian Women Forcibly Sterilized Under Fujimori’s Rule

    by  • May 5, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, US Foreign Relations, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    A Quecha-speaking woman in the highlands of Peru. RHONA SCULLION

    LIMA, Peru — Despite making great economic strides in recent years, Peru has a violent history that remains relatively fresh for many people here. Starting around 1980 and lasting until 2000, the country was rocked by an internal armed conflict between the Peruvian army and various guerilla groups, most notably the Shining Path. Atrocity...

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    Hungarian Women Perceive Threats From Intensifying Patriarchy

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Judit Wirth

    BUDAPEST — Judit Wirth is one of the originators of Nane, Women’s Rights Organization, a nonprofit group in this capital city banked on the Danube. Established in 1994, the charity’s first service was to set up a hotline run by trained volunteers for women and children exposed to violence. Nane then set up an...

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    Has Russia Dashed All Hopes for a Female Secretary-General?

    by  • April 30, 2015 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the UN

    Has Russia put the kibosh on the chances that the next secretary-general of the United Nations will be a woman? As Vitaly Churkin walked ramrod-straight in his dark suit to a working-group discussion at the UN on the process of selecting the next secretary-general, he acted as if he owned the place. Some might...

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