• Women’s Issues


    Russ Feingold on Congo: First, End the Conflict

    by  • April 6, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    Feingold boarding US Government plane

    Last year marked major progress toward finding a peaceful resolution for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s achingly long conflict, rooted in decades of civil war, regional incursions, ethnic tensions and resource pilfering. Throughout the many years, women have borne the brunt of the fighting, caught in the crossfire between rival militias and governments and [...]

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    Girls’ Education Progresses in Afghanistan, but Will It Last?

    by  • March 30, 2014 • Education, Women's Issues • 

    New school in Helmand Province in Afghanistan

    Since the United States-led coalition toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, education for girls has become more accessible in some parts of the country, but many factors continue to stymie its progress. Panelists discussed girls’ education in Afghanistan during a recent event held for the Commission on the Status of Women’s 2014 session at [...]

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    A Kenyan Says US Policy Could Advance Women’s Rights Everywhere

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Women's Issues • 

    Wangechi Wachira-Moeg

    Can a bill languishing in the United States Congress make a difference to half the people of a country more than 7,500 miles away? Yes, said Wangechi Wachira-Moegi, the executive director of an organization in Nairobi, Kenya, that works to bring justice to women in the courts and open opportunities for them in political leadership. [...]

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    Putting Women and Girls at the Center of the Future Development Goals

    by  • March 24, 2014 • Women's Issues • 

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, chief of UN Women

    What happened at the annual United Nations women’s conference this year? Over 10 days of both mercifully brief and far-too-long speeches by policy people, government ministers, UN staff members and a wide array of other experts, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended on a hush. It was as if everyone [...]

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    Solving Bangladesh’s ‘Living Wages’ Problem Demands Global Support

    by  • March 18, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Garment workers in Bangladesh

    The dialogue on living wages has come a long way since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people in 2013, but there will be no solution to the living wage problem until all parties involved work together, a diverse group of panelists agreed at a panel on the topic, held [...]

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    Women, Girls and Their Sexuality in the Next MDGs

    by  • March 13, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Midwifery students in Uganda

    The future global development agenda must include a standalone goal for gender equality, and United Nations member states, who will have the final say on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, should not use culture or ideology as an excuse for failing to include sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls among the [...]

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    Iraqi Women, Insisting on Their Innocence, Dealt Severe Rights Abuses

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 

    Woman on Iraq street

    There can be no other region in the world now as broad as the swath of Middle Eastern and North African nations where so many women are living in violence, extreme vulnerability and a corrosive foreboding about their future. These deprivations are occurring from Tunisia or Egypt — where women struggle to keep the legal [...]

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    Mexico Rising: Advances in Women’s Health and Rights

    by  • February 6, 2014 • Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 

    International Women's Day in Mexico City

      When the latest list of 20 top donors to UN Women appeared last year, there was only one country outside the richer nations of the world among them: Mexico. The Mexican commitment to the women’s agency reflects the strides that the country has made in promoting women’s rights in recent years, powered by government [...]

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    Congolese Rebel Leader Faces Broad Charges of Sex Crimes

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Africa, Child soldiers, ICC, International Justice, Women's Issues • 

    Bosco Ntaganda

    The first step to possibly try Bosco Ntaganda, a Congolese warlord born in Rwanda, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, began recently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who turned himself in to the court last year by going to the United States Embassy in Rwanda, allegedly committed the crimes as [...]

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    A Rape Accusation in Northern Mali and the UN’s Awkward Response

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Africa, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 

    A woman in Gao after the French attack in January 2013.

    Now that Gao, a remote but critical outpost in northern Mali, has become a hub of military personnel — Mali Army, French troops and UN peacekeepers — to fend off terrorist incursions, it is also a simmering spot for sexual assaults and intimidation of women who live there. These acts are committed in the shadows [...]

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