Maia Blume – Policymic – Thursday, 18 July 2013 (originally published 16 Jul) For the last fifty years, the rights of Tunisian women have been guaranteed by law, thanks to Tunisia’s first president, Habib Bourguiba, in 1956. Not only were women given the right to vote and divorce, but abortion was also legalized and polygamy [...]...Leggi Tutto
WNN Breaking (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: According to the EIPR – Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights the Egyptian government has been slow to respond to last weeks violence against the region’s minority Coptic Christians following the removal of former President Morsi and
Jocelyne Cesari – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Islam is often perceived as a potential threat to democratisation, and justifications for this view tend to repeat ad nauseam the idea that for Islam, there is no separation between politics and religion
WNN Science & Health (WNN/SciDev) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: An innovative new research program is being set up to help build evidence for cost-effective health provision in humanitarian crises — an area where there are major data gaps. The program will feature a number of
Faiza Elmasry for VOA – WNN Learning! (WNN/VOA) Manassas, Virginia, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Keeping kids occupied each summer while schools are not in session can be a challenge for American families. Many summer activities cost money, but the public library is one place where children and
Hadley Malcolm – USA TODAY – Monday, 15 July 2013 (originally published 13 Jul) Though the recession derailed many lives financially, new data show it also spurred some to start paying more attention to their money. The recession may have derailed many financial lives, but for women
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, NEW YORK, AMERICAS: On her 16th birthday bringing a message of hope, courage and fortitude to the world on ‘Malala Day’, Pakistan’s education heroine Malala Yousafzai spoke to youth attending the United Nations using words that cannot be
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: A senior United Nations official today stressed the need to ensure women can make their voices heard in Egypt without fear of violence, stressing that their right to take part in the country’s public life must be protected. The acting head
WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Kandze Prefecture, Kham, Tawu County (Sichuan), PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, NORTH-EASTERN ASIA: A Tibetan monk was shot in the head and at least six other people were badly injured when witnesses from inside the region reported that Chinese security forces
Rochelle Jones for AWID – WNN Improve It (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In an AWID – Association for Women’s Rights in Development interview Rajaa Altalli, co-founder and Public Relations Director of the CCSDS – Center for Civil Society and Democracy in
Nation – Wednesday, 17 July 2013 (originally published 16 Jul) JAXSON KHAN  -  On July 12, 2013, youth took over the United Nations. Hundreds came to hear Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani girl who was shot on a school bus last year by the Taliban for standing up for her and other girls’ right
Safeeyah Kharsany – Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 16 July 2013 (originally published 14 Jul) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/IRIN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: In the absence of decisive action to significantly cut the emission of earth-warming greenhouse gases, most poor countries have resigned themselves to adapting to the effects of climate change
Elizabeth Grant – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/OD) Kingston, Ontario, CANADA, AMERICAS: Newspapers seem regularly to report on ever-more record-breaking auction sales for blue-chip artists (both dead & alive) and many of the art-stars of today have embraced celebrity culture to such an extent that
Hassan Naqvi – Express Tribune - Friday, 12 July 2013 (originally published 08 Jul) LAHORE: UN Women is set to launch a five-year programme on social stabilisation and reconstruction. Talking to The Express Tribune, Programme Specialist Fehmida Iqbal said that the plan was aimed at ensuring
Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In January 2013, the Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. armed forces after 11 years of nonstop war, during which the
WNN Breaking (WNN) Cleveland, Ohio, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In a combined public statement of public gratefulness Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michell Knight used Youtube to thank everyone who have continued to offer them support and strength since their forced captivity ordeal. This act of
Lillian Banda – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia’s First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) North Kivu, DRC, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about a new emergency in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where renewed fighting has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days. Fighting has
WNN Breaking (WNN/UNOCHA) Sana’a, YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: The UN has warned that efforts to find a political solution to the insecurity that has plagued Yemen since 2011 could be undermined unless support for humanitarian programmes is quickly and dramatically increased. This warning came as UN
Esme Madill – WNN Justice (WNN/OD) Leeds, Yorkshire County, England, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE: As the people of Yorkshire County, England rally behind the case of Nigerian fellowship award winner and kidney transplant recipient Roseline Akhalu, authorities at the UK Immigration Office are making
WNN Improve It (WNN/OCHA) Port-Au-Prince, HAITI, AMERICAS: According to the latest data, signifigant progress has been made in Haiti since the devastating 2010 earthquake, as well as the floods and cholera that came after, says the OCHA – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Tiffanie Wen – Daily Beast – Thursday, 11 July 2013 (originally published 08 Jul) More women are earning degrees from Palestinian universities and outperforming their male counterparts—but what comes after graduation? “You will be the builders of Palestine,” Vera Baboun said
Loveday Morris - Washington Post – Wednesday, 10 July 2013 (originally published 07 Jul) LAAYOUNE, Western Sahara — As dusk enveloped the salmon-pink houses of this capital city, the brightly colored robes of women stood out in a mass of protesters chanting for independence from Moroccan
Debora Rey – Bloomberg Business Week – Tuesday, 09 July 2013 (originally published 06 Jul) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Andrea Nerone lost her home and later was denied welfare to support her family after her husband abandoned her and their four children late last year. A decree