WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Baku, Azerbaijan, EASTERN EUROPE/WESTERN ASIA: RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) calls upon the Azerbaijani government to investigate a blackmail and intimidation campaign against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, following the July 26 release of a new video containing intimate and illegally obtained...Leggi Tutto
Italy Correspondent Valeria Marchetti - WNN Features (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: In Italy prostitution is not illegal. What is outlawed is the exploitation of prostitution. Many sex workers on the street deal with pimps and the harshness in the physical realities of the industry. Women
Mallika Dutt – Daily Beast – Monday, 05 August 2013 (originally published 28 Jul) Last week Stanley Fish wrote insightfully in The New York Times about the “implicit affirmation of a code of manliness” with “stand your ground.” The law, Fish wrote, “is more than a declaration of a
Issa Yussuf – All Africa – Friday, 02 August 2013 (originally published 31 Jul) Zanzibar — IN a bid to prove their strength and determination,ten women in Kikungwi coastal Village, about 48 Kilometres, South of the Zanzibar stone town have constructed their own houses without any help
Ian Johnston – NBC News – Wednesday, 31 July 2013 (originally published 29 Jul) PARIS — The politician known as “NKM” is a rising star in France – a tough, military-trained engineer first elected to the National Assembly at the age of just 29 and tipped by some as a future
WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In what UNOCHA - the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – is calling “thousands in urgent need of relief” Syrian citizens in sealed off areas in Aleppo, Idlib, Rural Damascus and Homs are facing
WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations/Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: An independent United Nations human rights expert today encouraged the Government of Madagascar to step up efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of children and ensure that perpetrators are punished. “The scourge of
Adam Grant – New York Times – Wednesday, 24 July 2013 (originally published 20 Jul) WHAT makes some men miserly and others generous? What motivated Bill Gates, for example, to make more than $28 billion in philanthropic gifts while many of his billionaire peers kept relatively
Jane Martinson – Guardian – Tuesday, 23 July 2013 (originally published 21 Jul) Victims of sexual assault and harassment are to be encouraged to come forward and report the crimes as part of a major scheme launching this week on London‘s transport networks. In the first initiative
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) El Fasher, Darfur, SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region has displaced an estimated 300,000 people so far this year which is more than the past two years combined, according to United Nations estimates. Much of the struggles have been between
Dana MacLean / IRIN Global Analysis – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH EASTERN ASIA: Influential Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been aggravating long standing tensions between the country’s Buddhist and Muslim communities since violence erupted between the two
Zhang Hongping – All-China Women’s Federation – Wednesday, 07 August 2013 (originally published 05 Aug) A training course aimed at promoting the development of urban and rural women in Nyingchi Prefecture, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, opened on July 25, 2013
Ahmad Husein and Madeline Wilson for the IFRC – WNN Breaking (WNN/IFRC) Sumatra, INDONESIA, ASIA PACIFIC: One month after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Aceh Province, Indonesia, the Red Cross continues to provide support to affected communities. Over 52,000 people were forced to flee
Ana Cecilia Alvarez – Daily Beast – Thursday, 01 August 2013  You hear it all the time. Hey baby, smile for me a little bit. Why are you so upset? Come on I know how to make you feel better. Some women decide to respond to the constant teasing, cat-calling and harassment with a cold
WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Spikes in food prices and extreme climatic events have threatened global food security in recent years, raising concerns about humanity’s ability to feed its growing population. These fears prompted scientists from the Royal
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study. Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated
WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In a detailed and comprehensive nation-wide campaign sweep that reached into 76 separate U.S. cities, 47 state divisions of the U.S. FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation along with 230 separate agencies and 3,900+ local, state and
Patrick Hinds – Advocate.com – Friday, 26 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) LGBT history overflows with stories of women who have come to the aide of gay men: the concerned mother who founded PFLAG, the doctor who proved that homosexuality was not a pathological illness, the
Carla Friedman – WNN Features – Interview (WNN) Taos, New Mexico, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: What has been called her use of “passionate eloquence” author Mirabai Starr has been an inspiration to a wide variety of global religious leaders and laypersons. It’s not that
WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Are you a global research consortium looking for sites to test treatments for neglected tropical diseases? Or a major biotech company interested in performing clinical trials on potential tuberculosis vaccines? Or a doctor
Dr Seirian Sumner and Dr Nathalie Pettorelli – Independent – Monday, 22 July 2013 (originally published 21 Jul) Scientists are generally viewed as private creatures who shy away from contact with the public. What, therefore, could be more remarkable than stumbling across a bunch of real
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Three United Nations experts on the rights of migrants have stepped in to work with Italian authorities to facilitate the swift return to safety of deported Kazakh national Ms. Alma Shalabayeva in what has been described as a
Máire Devine – Journal ie – Tuesday, 06 August 2013 (originally published 05 Aug) CÁ BHFUIL Mná na hEireann? What tributes does Dublin City have to women?  The time is long past for a sexual democracy in how we name and honour the women of Ireland in its capital city. While there is a
Michaela Haas – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Santa Barbara, California, AMERICAS: There is no hope for a female pope, but there might be one for a female Buddhist leader. When Pope Francis washed the feet of two young women during Easter, this provoked the criticism of conservative
Lys Anzia – WNN Justice (WNN/DN) Jacksonville, Florida, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Amy Goodman with Democracy Now covers issues of justice in the State of Florida (U.S.) and the case for Marissa Alexander as she interviews an attorney and a civil rights advocate. Marissa Alexander, the
Mike Prashker – WNN Learning! (WNN/CGN) Ramla, ISRAEL, WESTERN ASIA: One hundred newly qualified Arab-Israeli teachers – fresh out of teacher-training college – are now being actively recruited to teach in Jewish-Israeli schools by the Ministry of Education and Merchavim (Hebrew
Saba Eitizaz  – BBC News – Tuesday, 30 July 2013 (originally published 26 Jul) Female cartoon superhero Burka Avenger is set to debut on Pakistani television next month. The country’s answer to Wonder Woman and Supergirl uses books and pens against bad guys trying to shut the
Cydney Hargis – IPS - Monday, 29 July 2013 (originally published 27 Jul) WASHINGTON, Jul 27 2013 (IPS) - In the face of global climate change and currency devaluation, improved strategies are being used to combat high international poverty and malnutrition rates, and to increase global food
Bhavesh Shah – DNA – Thursday, 25 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) The next time you see a woman instructing labourers at a construction site or giving ideas about the basic layout of a home, don’t be surprised. Supported by the state government, corporate houses and NGOs are
WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: One of Afghanistan’s top religious figures has defended a series of religious decrees that observers warn could further erode women’s rights in the country. The eight-article fatwa was issued by a local ulema, or religious
Carol Pearson – WNN Justice (WNN/VOA) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Four U.S. military veterans who are survivors of military sexual assaults testified Friday July 19 before a U.S. House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee. They asked for better care and
WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/CGIAR) Accra, GHANA, WESTERN AFRICA: A new study released today finds that so much water may be lost in the Volta River Basin due to climate change that planned hydroelectric projects to boost energy and food production may only tread water in keeping up with actual demand. Some
K R Rajeev – Times of India – Friday, 19 July 2013 (originally published 18 Jul) KOZHIKODE: Calicut University on Wednesday became the first Indian varsity to grant long-term maternity leave for women students, enabling them to continue a course without facing a ‘year-out’