• Women’s Issues

    Minding Your Pronunciations and Protocols at That ‘Women’s Conference’ [Video]

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Extremism event. LAURA E. KIRKPATRICK

    CLICK ON ARROW TO PLAY VIDEO At the UN, an all-female panel talks about women's stories of tackling violence and extremism, held by Peace Is Loud, the Norwegian government, Overseas Press Club of America and International Civil Society Action Network. VIDEO BY LAURA E. KIRKPATRICK Are you wondering what happened at that “women’s conference...

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    An Independent Report on Sexual Abuse Cases by UN Peacekeepers Surfaces

    by  • March 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    United Nations peacekeepers participating in a ceremony at the mission in South Sudan.

    A report commissioned by the United Nations but never made public — which studied sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers — has been released online by AIDS-Free World, a nonprofit organization founded by two former UN officials, Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan. The report, written by an independent three-person team, was based...

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    The UN Leaves Women’s Rights Defenders in the Cold

    by  • March 20, 2015 • General Assembly, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Fernández

    For all its words about human rights and women’s issues, the United Nations has so far given lukewarm political support to defenders of gender rights worldwide — particularly women who defend women’s rights, a dangerous occupation in many regions. These women generally work in challenging circumstances, and their hard-won victories, by their own accounts,...

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    Mostly, Sahrawi Women Just Want to Go Home

    by  • March 5, 2015 • Africa, Refugees, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Sahrawi women's meeting

    NEAR TINDOUF, Algeria — Our goal was to understand the dynamics of women who live in the refugee camps here in the Sahara Desert, where tens of thousands of Sahrawi people reside in tents and mud-brick buildings, having fled their homeland up to decades ago. The camps originated in 1975-1976, when the Sahrawis first...

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    At the UN’s Yearly Meeting on Women, Scrutinizing the Slow, Patchy Gains on Equality

    by  • March 8, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    Bangladesh women carry bundles of sticks. SCOTT WALLACE/WORLD BANK

    Two decades after the world’s largest gathering of women adopted an ambitious plan to improve if not legalize gender equality, women are marginally better off in many walks of life, depending on the country and urban versus rural regions. Progress has been documented across a range of categories, but setbacks have spoiled overall advances....

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    In Eastern Ukraine, Questions Abound Regarding Violence Against Women

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    OSCE-monitor

    A recent cease-fire seems to be holding in eastern Ukraine, promising relative relief in the region from the incessant, percussive beat of heavy artillery from Howitzers, tanks and rocket launchers with a backbeat provided by Kalashnikov AK-74s. Fighting in Ukraine’s civil war has kept people in the embattled zones on a razor’s edge since...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Now Is the Time for a Female Secretary-General, Says a New Campaign [Video]

    by  • February 23, 2015 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    A woman who works at the United Nations and others refers to the wall of portraits in New York of secretaries-general

    Convinced that after 70 years it is time to choose a woman for the United Nations’ top job of secretary-general, a new movement led by an academic spcialist on the organization has been assembled to formally support the election of a woman for the job. The current secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, a Korean, finishes his...

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    Women Reap Some Surprising Benefits From Nepal’s Ghost Economy

    by  • February 3, 2015 • Asia, Migration, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Nepal tea woman

    KATHMANDU, Nepal — Migration in this country is omnipresent. Nearly everyone has a relative or a neighbor who works abroad, while the Department of Foreign Employment, based in the capital here, teems with job-seekers. Landlocked Nepal has a long history of labor exportation, but the scope of the country’s current migration boom is unprecedented:...

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    The Post-2015 Goals: People Around the World Talk Back

    by  • January 25, 2015 • Development, Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Men guide camels on a bridge through traffic in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013.

    Advocates offering some alternative ideas and a few dissenting views on the Sustainable Development Goals on track to be adopted by the United Nations at a special session later this year are convening on Jan. 26 in New York to air opinions from all major developing regions on this critical new proposed set of...

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