• Women’s Issues

    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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    The US-African Leaders Summit in Washington Leaves Malians Blasé

    by  • August 3, 2014 • Africa, Development, Governance, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Motor scooters in Bamako

    BAMAKO, Mali — As the first United States-African leaders summit opens this week in Washington, D.C, it is hard to hear Malians in their capital drum up enthusiasm for it. President Barack Obama has invited 50 African heads of state — excluding those from Central African Republic, Eritrea, Sudan and Zimbabwe — to meet...

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    Human Development That Sidetracks a Woman’s Power of Choice

    by  • August 4, 2014 • Development, Women's Issues • 
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    Cambodia

    The 2014 United Nations Human Development Report appeared at the end of July wrapped around the title “Sustaining Human Progress,” a goal that moves beyond meeting the targets that can measure achievement at any given time but cannot promise continuity or permanent improvement. The report’s subtitle, “Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,” suggests how to...

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    In Progressive South India, Threats of ‘Honor’ Killings Persist

    by  • July 23, 2014 • Asia, Honor Killings, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Honor killings ttkt. Here, women in New Delhi raise their voices against the deadly practice.

    CHENNAI, India — Ramya hails from a small village in a coastal district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Her parents gave her the best of education and continue to support her endeavors to do well in her career in the booming information technology industry in Chennai, the state capital. But every time...

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    Helpless Bosnia and Its Women, 20 Years After Ethnic War

    by  • July 6, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Enisa and Majda Prljaca

      SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina — “Please don’t let the world forget us again.” The plea is heard everywhere by men as well as by women in the picturesque Balkan city of Sarajevo, the site of Europe’s most destructive and sadistic conflict in more than half a century. Sarajevo was briefly in the news...

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    An Italian Priest and a US Health Group Win the 2014 UN Population Prize

    by  • June 18, 2014 • UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    Aldo Marchesini, a doctor and a Roman Catholic priest, performing fistula surgery in Mozambique. UNFPA

    Putting a new focus on maternal health and obstetric fistula in particular, which devastates the lives of women and girls in many poor countries, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has given its 2014 UN Population Award to an Italian doctor working in Mozambique and to an American maternal and child health organization with...

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    New Protocols and Policies Tackle Sexual Violence in War

    by  • June 19, 2014 • Child soldiers, Gender-Based Violence, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Imagery from the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London in June 2014.

    As Sunni Muslim extremists first seized strategic cities in Iraq last week, and a United Nations spokesman for the human-rights high commissioner, Navi Pillay, said that rapes had been part of the mayhem, leaving four female victims dead from suicide, the first global conference to end such heinous crimes took place in London. There,...

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    Khmer Rouge Practiced Widespread Sexual Attacks on Minorities

    by  • June 11, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, International Justice, Women's Issues • 
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    Khmer Rouge cadre

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Until now, sexual violence against ethnic minorities during the Khmer Rouge era in this country went largely ignored. Now for the first time, the Cambodian Defenders Project, one of the oldest legal aid organizations here, has published first-person accounts of interviews with 105 men and women from ethnic Vietnamese, Khmer...

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    Rapes Committed During South Sudan’s Conflict Detailed by the UN

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Africa, Women's Issues • 
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    People fleeing fighting in tktkt. OXFAM

    Sexual violence remains a persistent war crime even as the United Nations Security Council and many governments try to fight such atrocities against civilians with condemnations, international law, sanctions and tribunals. The International Criminal Court has just issued a new policy paper to increase prosecutions of gender-based crimes. And as a summit to end...

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