• Women’s Issues

    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 • 1 Comment
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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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    Meet Sapana Malla, a Diligent Pioneer of Women’s Rights in Nepal

    by  • May 8, 2014 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 
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    Sapana Malla of Nepal

    As a lawyer, Sapana Pradhan Malla has pioneered women’s rights in Nepal, consistently advocating for equal inheritance, reproductive rights and women’s participation in politics. She has also been a politician herself, as a member Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, or parliament, from the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist Party, where she fought not only for equal rights...

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    More Women Sit on the UN Security Council, but What Does It Mean?

    by  • April 30, 2014 • Security Council, Women's Issues • 
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    Joy Ogwu, Nigerian ambassador to the UN

    As increasing numbers of women embark on careers as diplomats, the United Nations headquarters in New York is slowly but surely undergoing a big change in demographics: the female-to-male ratio of diplomats is becoming — dare it be possible — more balanced. Of the UN’s 193 member countries, about 30 women currently represent their...

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    Calling the UN to Account to Stop the HIV/AIDS Scourge

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Caribbean, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Stephen Lewis of AIDS-Free World

    It has been 33 years since the first reports of HIV/AIDS surfaced, and the pandemic, which has never been found to be racial, ethnic or gender specific among the population, is now affecting women the most. They account for more than half of the people living with HIV/AIDS — approximately 16.1 million women out...

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

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

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