Marthe van der Wolf for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) United Nations – New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says Ethiopia has achieved one of the Millennium Development Goals of reducing child mortality by more than two-thirds. Ethiopia reduced its under-five mortality rate by 67...Leggi Tutto
Nina Gologowski – New York Daily News – Tuesday, 17 September 2013 (originally published 15 Sept ) President Obama has declared the area of Colorado a disaster as floods continue to wash out homes and roads, stranding residents who will now be left to find food and shelter on their own
In what some have called a 'landmark' vote, the Church in Wales has agreed to consecrate women bishops, but provision must be made for traditionalists who oppose the move....Leggi Tutto
Here are some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week. Brighton: 21 September: Roller Derby: Brighton Rockers vs. Leeds Roller Dolls at Dolphin Leisure Centre, Pasture Hill Road, Brighton, from 2.30pm The Brighton Rockers’ home bout sees them taking on
Bristol City Council is being urged to adopt a nil policy for sexual entertainment venues. Bristol has an online petition scheme that enables individuals, community groups and organisations to start petitions to raise issues of “public concern”, so as to give councillors the opportunity to consider
Alice Su – Middle East Monitor – Friday, 13 September 2013 (originally published  10 Sept) Sally Ahmed Zarir works in a newsroom inside a refugee camp. Zarqa, Jordan’s industrial centre 12 miles northeast of Amman, is home to over 50 per cent of Jordanian’s factories, a 15.9
Another retailer pledges to stop labelling toys as gender-specific. When was the last time you saw an advertisement featuring a girl playing with an engineering kit? Or a boy playing with a doll? The concept that certain toys are for boys and others for girls is set to change, as an increasing
Has The Sun’s pictures of young women showing their breasts made you feel uncomfortable at work? From the No More Page 3 campaign. We have lost count of the number of stories we’ve heard from supporters made to uncomfortable in their workplace owing to the images on Page 3 of The Sun
Call for funding for more independent female advisors to support rape victims through the legal process. A third of women believe there are varying degrees of rape, according to new figures. The same proportion also think if a woman does not fight back, then she cannot have experienced rape. One
A Staff Reporter – India West - Wednesday, 11 September 2013 (originally published 08 September 2013) Over 100,000 girls and women in South Asia are set to benefit from a new initiative by the International Labor Organization and the UK Department for International Development, which aims to
By Gabriella Apicella, guest writer on Bitch Flicks When was the last time you cried in a movie theatre? The last time you were so moved by a film you needed everyone else to leave before ungluing yourself from the seat and attempting to process what you’ve experienced? Or the last time you saw
Kandeh K. Yumkella – Eco-Business – Tuesday, 10 September 2013 (originally published 06 Sept) In the lead up to the UN General Assembly, the Skoll World Forum partnered with Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an
Online now: an oral history of the Women’s Liberation Movement. The British Library’s Sisterhood and After website is part of a wider project the aim of which is to create an original and extensive oral history archive of the lives of feminist change-makers of the 1970s and ‘80s. The archive
Looking at media coverage of the Michael Le Vell case – Part One. From Everyday Victim Blaming. We took the decision not to discuss the Michael Le Vell rape trial until after the verdict came in due to our concerns about numerous media articles which involved perpetuating rape myths. We were also
Welcome back to our weekly round-up of British women’s sports news. Triathlon: The grand final of the ITU World Triathlon Championships took place in London’s Hyde Park on 14 September, bringing huge success for Great Britain. Welshwoman Non Stanford finished 25 seconds clear of the rest of
Stoolball is very similar to twenty20 cricket; fast, fun and exciting. And in Olympic year 2012, Stoolball England’s first ever attempt to stage an England Ladies fixture proved such a success that this year the governing body is extending the opportunity for players to participate not only at
Recently released figures are ‘shocking and disturbing’. Despite an increase in the number of victims reporting domestic violence and abuse (DV), the police are referring fewer cases for prosecution than they were two years ago. Figures, revealed by a Freedom of Information request made
Lameck Masina for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Blantyre, MALAWI, EASTERN AFRICA:  Malawi and the United Nations are stepping up efforts to prevent obstetric fistula cases and to help more women already suffering with the condition. Considered a condition born of poverty, obstetric fistula can
Explicit references to gender to be removed, images to show boys and girls enjoying the same toys. From the Let Toys Be Toys campaign. Toy retail giant Toys “R” Us has just committed to being more inclusive in its marketing of toys to girls and boys. This was announced follows a
Women’s Aid seeks to address worrying levels of online stalking and harassment of women and girls. Last week Women’s Aid held a cyber stalking and harassment conference in London, and an expert panel discussed the impact of online abuse against women across England. The conference
The sex industry is bound to respond, so we need to make sure they hear a wide range of views. The Scottish government wants to create a new licensing regime for venues that offer ‘sexual entertainment’ i.e. strip clubs and lap-dancing clubs. This includes a suggestion that communities should be
Aru Pande for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) New Delhi, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: A fast-track court in the Indian capital has found four men guilty in last year’s brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman that rocked the country and sparked massive demonstrations. Calls for justice were heard
England’s women regain the Ashes in spectacular style to match the achievement of the men’s team. After the test match at Wormsley was drawn, there all was to play for in the remaining limited overs matches. Each side was awarded two points for the draw, but in truth, Australia would have
By Sara Salem There is nothing new in using women as a cultural battleground. Women have regularly been used symbolically to signify and reproduce nations, cultures and religions; and the norms and values that constitute these. When the French colonized Algeria, for example, they used the status of
Daily Beast – Monday, 16, September 2013 (originally published 13 Sept) The Women in the World Foundation announced last night an expanded partnership with Vital Voices, the nonprofit organization born out of an initiative launched by former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and Madeleine
WNN Breaking (WNN) Kabul, Afghanistan, SOUTHERN ASIA: Following a concerted push to bring more women into positions as police officers in Afghanistan, another act of violence against top women security officers has occurred in Lashkar Gah, the capital city of the southern Helmand province today
Refugees International – WNN Improve It (WNN/RI) Hatay, TURKEY, WESTERN ASIA: With at least two million Syrians now living in neighboring countries, refugees are struggling to cope with life in exile and aid agencies, host communities, and receiving countries are overwhelmed by myriad
Misha Hussain for TRF – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, Great Britain, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis (SMC) and work on developing a malaria vaccine are bringing new hope in the battle against the disease that claims over 600,000 lives every year. What
Trends in work and caregiving are impacting on the lives of older women today. Balancing care responsibilities and work is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly for older women: a ‘sandwich generation’ is emerging, whose members are caught between providing care for both grandchildren and
Brittney Cooper – Salon – Thursday, 12 September 2013 (originally published 10 Sept) Ben Jealous’ announcement that he will step down from the leadership of the NAACP, the oldest Black civil rights organization, opens up a space for an African American woman to the lead the organization
UK figures show a 9 per cent rise in human trafficking since the last assessment period in 2011. The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) has reviewed human trafficking figures in the United Kingdom (UK) and identified prevalent forms of exploitation suffered by victims in an assessment
Lobna Ismail and Alex Kronemer – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The power of the American story — E Pluribus Unum. The idea that out of many nations, sects and ethnicities, a community, united and strengthened by its very diversity, can still emerge as one
It’s time PETA tried to campaign for animal rights without objectifying women.  Yet again, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) couldn’t quite campaign on an animal rights issue without using women’s bodies. They wrote an open letter to the National
The number of women apprentices may have increased, but women are still doing the poorly paid jobs. Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy committee, has challenged Scotland’s First Minister Alec Salmond to do more to help women play a full part in