• Women’s Issues

    Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

    by  • December 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 
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    Ameerah Haq

    Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of...

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    Somaly Mam, Anti-Trafficking Crusader Caught in a Scandal, Revives Her Cause

    by  • December 7, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Somaly Mam in 2010. Her anti-trafficking work has been hurt because of scandals sourced to questions about her life story. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ITALY

    PHNOM PENH — Dueling depictions of Somaly Mam, the Cambodian activist who has campaigned against sex trafficking in her country and elsewhere, have splashed across large media outlets in the last six months. Mam, who contends she was a child prostitute, became a worldwide name when her story was written by The New York...

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    With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

    by  • November 20, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    BAMAKO, Mali — In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching...

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    To Empower Women, Take a Cue From Rural Men in Maharashtra

    by  • November 24, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, India, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls learning to speak out, and boys to listen.PAMELA PHILIPOSE/WOMEN'S FEATURE SERVICE

    PUNE, India — They came at her with knives and other weapons so that they could disrupt her meetings and prove her ineffective. When Sangeeta Banne became the first woman to head a local government council in the state of Maharashtra she knew what she faced. The battle leading up to her election had...

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    The Lure of Violent Extremism for Women: A Terrorism Specialist Explains

    by  • November 9, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 
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    Liat Shetret

    Liat Shetret is the director of the New York office for the Global Center on Cooperative Security, a nonprofit group that helps governments and other organizations develop responses to international security issues. Shetret’s work — currently focused in Africa — focuses on community engagement in terrorism prevention, countering violent extremism, the use of Internet...

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    Syrian Women Working for Peace and Political Action

    by  • October 21, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Posters on the wall

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian women filled the conference room and lobby of a hotel in this border city for one week in late August this year. They were the focus of a “Space for Collaboration” workshop, providing networking and training to women working on political solutions to the Syrian civil war. A majority of...

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    Why Indian Women Are Forced Into Risky Sterilizations

    by  • November 17, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, India, Women's Issues • 
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    A meeting of women in India. RAKESH SAHAI/ADB

    The tragic deaths of more than a dozen women in India recently, after being sterilized in assembly-line style by a doctor and his assistants eager to cash in on as many procedures as possible on a given day — at least 83 in a few hours in this case — are the symptom of...

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    Child Brides as Slave Labor: The UN Is Conflicted

    by  • November 3, 2014 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    Narmada, above, Narmada was supported by the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF), a member of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

    During the six years that Gulnara Shahinian served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, she said on numerous occasions, as well as in a 2012 report to the General Assembly, that girls forced to marry against their will end up being condemned to a life of servility and...

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    Projecting Future Populations Requires Tracking the Past

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Cuba Libre in Havana. CHRISTOPHER MICHEL/CREATIVE COMMONS

    In politics it is often said: “While the future is known, it’s the past that keeps changing.” In demography, it’s exactly the opposite: while the past is known, it’s the future that keeps changing. That is simply because population’s fundamental building blocks — births, deaths and migrations — are not fixed but vary over...

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