WNN Breaking (WNN/SomaliaCurrent) Mogadishu, SOMALIA, EASTERN AFRICA: In a nondescript white building along the bustling Makka al Mukarramah Road, a group of women intently focus on their computer screens, playing and replaying sound pieces. Somali music plays softly through the speakers as the presenter fits on her headset and starts the show.... WNN Breaking (WNN/SomaliaCurrent) Mogadishu, SOMALIA, EASTERN AFRICA: In a nondescript white building along the bustling Makka al Mukarramah Road, a group of women intently focus on their computer screens, playing and replaying sound pieces. Somali music plays softly through the speakers as the presenter fits on her headset and starts the show. Welcome to Aman […]Leggi
Eleanor Muffitt - Telegraph - Wednesday, 11 December 2013 (originally published 08 Dec) Walk into any British toy shop and you’ll be faced with a fork in the road: do you take the blue lane, with its miniature helicopters, chemistry sets and binoculars, or do you take the pink lane, with its
Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 10 December 2013 (originally published 07 Dec) Egyptian authorities have released 21 women and girls convicted for staging a street protest after an appeal court reduced their harsh penalties, including prison terms of 11 years, to suspended sentences. The initial
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As Afghan women increasingly act to report violence against themselves to security authorities in the region, prosecution and convictions remain low.  A new annual report just released by the United Nations Mission in
WNN Breaking (WNN/NWI) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: The women of Sudan are facing a crisis of sexual violence with no end in sight.  This is the finding of a new report released today by The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict that documents the
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Militarism and its push toward military armed violence is one of the leading factors contributing today to violence against women worldwide, says a new campaign for human rights advocates Amnesty International. Working to coordinate
Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Afghan authorities should ensure a large number of women take part in next year’s make-or-break elections to prevent female voters from being murdered and to safeguard
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Suffering from what experts call ‘psychological distress’ many children who have been displaced during the days of conflict in Syria may now dropping through the cracks, says a new in-depth survey by UNHCR &ndash
Gaby Sanchez for Gender Links for Equality and Justice Zimbabwe – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: In April 2012, a cell phone video of a teenager with an intellectual disability being gang raped by men and boys from her community in Soweto went viral. Authorities had no choice
Anddy Sierra Alvarez for IWPR – WNN Breaking (WNN/IWPR) Havana, CUBA, AMERICAS: The Cuban government is cracking down hard on weekly protest marches by Damas de Blanco dissident group in the western city of Cárdenas. For more than three months, activists say, they have been harassed
IRIN – UN humanitarian news and analysis for WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Cash transfers can play a key role in the economic recovery of individuals, small enterprises, and local and regional trading in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, say experts
Jody Williams for The Nobel Women’s Initiative – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/NWI) Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: This Friday, to mark the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, we will celebrate women around the world standing on the frontlines. These women
WNN Features (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As WNN – Women News Network works with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to introduce an amazing group of global women rights defenders, following the  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, WNN asked each of
WNN Improve It (WNN/OCHA) Cebu Island, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Children have started going back to school, markets are again being loaded with fresh fruits and the smell of construction hovers above the cities. As shredded trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, people are slowly
Liz Ford – Guardian – Monday, 09 December 2013 (originally published 03 Dec) Since Women for Women International (WFWI) was founded 20 years ago, more than 380,000 women in war-torn countries have received practical and emotional support from the charity, with training courses in a
Karen Robertson – Telegraph – Friday, 06 December 2013 I was on a bus brimming with the exuberance of South African women singing freedom songs. It was August 9, 1999, National Women’s Day, and we were on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s prison for 18 of his 27 years behind
Ben Hubbard – New York Times – Thursday, 05 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The bearded religious police officers were not the ones who chastised the princess running the Harvey Nichols department store here when she decided to enhance the
Tiffany Barry – Stabroek News – Wednesday, 04 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) The 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and ends on December 10, International
Hilary Burrage – WNN – Women News Network – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) London UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: As part of WNN’s highlight on 16Days Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign we want to share a unique and important perspective by British sociologist Hilary Burrage who is
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat member of the British Parliament who is also the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign chairman, is bringing the issue of forced caesarians, family adoption laws and the ‘misuse’ of
David Chew – Variety – Friday, 29 November 2013 (originally published 26 Nov) It’s sadly not surprising that an angry film about pedophilia, and a closed society’s horrifically inept efforts to confront it, still needed to be made in Iran. Nor should we be complacent about
Christina Rose for Indian Country Today – WNN Justice (WNN/ICT) Pine Ridge, South Dakota, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Twins Sunny and Serena Clifford, Oglala, come face-to-face with their future in the documentary, “Young Lakota,” which aired on PBS’s  Independent Lens
WNN Breaking (WNN) London, England, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE: Offering new funding that is hoping to increase the involvement of Afghan women in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan, the U.K. is providing $30.11 million (USD) to help boost women’s involvement in Afghanistan’s political
Katherine Robinson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence ends this Tuesday at a poignant time: on International Human Rights Day, the same day South Africa will hold the official memorial service for one of the world’s most
Stella Paul – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Madhya Pradesh, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: Recently, I met Jyoti Bairagi – a 20 year old woman living in a remote village in India’s Madhya Pradesh state. The village, perched on a rocky hill, had no motorable road and no running water. Everyone there
Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Syria’s civil war has caused a big increase in ‘honor killings’ and child marriages and the breakdown of the healthcare system, a British-Syrian doctor said on
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: At the age of 95 one of the world’s greatest human rights icons has died. His Excellancy Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died peacefully in his home in the neighborhood of Houghton in Johannesburg. Before this he spent time near the
Democracy Now! – WNN Features (WNN/DN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As United States citizens accept the pervasive role slavery had on the emerging society inside the the U.S. during the building of the nation, slaves that were bought and sold in the country’s northern region
Ana P. Santos IRIN – humanitarian news and analysis for WNN – Women News Network – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Back-to-back emergencies during the last three months in the Philippines have exposed the need for more psychosocial support
Craig McClure – Huffinton Post – Tuesday, 03 December 2013 (originally published 29 Nov) A young woman in sub-Saharan Africa is as much as four times more likely to be infected with HIV than a young man her age. While anti-retroviral drugs have saved countless lives, HIV is still the
Sylvia Corbet – The News & Observer – Monday, 02 December 2013 (originally published 26 Nov) PARIS — France’s government is pushing one of Europe’s toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope
WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The history of Thanksgiving Day in the United States is most often attributed to President Abraham Lincoln who made the Proclamation of Thanksgiving Day on October 3, 1863 saying that the day should  be set aside to give thanks in
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for The Elders – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/The Elders) London, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE:  One of the most powerful truths in my Christian faith is that I and all other people are equal in the eyes of God. Many believers of all religions &ndash
Annette Wagner – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN) Healdsburg, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I love the way the road wanders through the Alexander Valley in northern California which is often shrouded in mist and moss-draped oaks. Every time I make my way through the valley, my artist eye leaps at