Cherie Howie – New Zealand Herald – Wednesday 21 August 2013 (originally published 18 Aug) Anjum Rahman will never forget watching a man wave his fists in front of her as she drove down a street. She hadn’t done anything wrong – the Muslim mum-of-two was just wearing her headscarf. Instances of verbal abuse followed...Leggi Tutto
He forced one woman to perform oral sex, told another to work as a prostitute to pay off her debts. These are financially difficult times for many, but would you turn to a loan shark to try and survive? Increasing numbers of women are doing just that, with horrific consequences. With high street
CPJ – WNN Breaking (WNN/CPJ) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: Several journalists working for international media said they were assaulted or briefly detained over the weekend. The attacks and harassment came as Egyptian authorities publicly accused international journalists of distorting
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, of South Africa, took the oath of office today as the new head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women’s rights and their full participation in global affairs. In a ceremony presided over
An increasing number of women in Hull are prostituting themselves to feed their children. The Humberside Police Force and the Hull Lighthouse Project, a charity that helps street workers in Hull, blame the increase on welfare reforms and high unemployment rates. Police Constable Lorraine
Elahe Amani with Laleh Gillani on translation – WNN Justice (WNN) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As a human rights activist with 6 family members who have been executed or died under IRN – Islamic Republic of Iran policies against political prisoners in the 1980s, Ms. Mansoureh Behkish
Welcome back to our weekly round-up of British women’s sports results from around the globe. Athletics: Women led the way for Team GB at this week’s IAAF Athletics World Championships in Moscow, winning four of Britain’s six medals. The star of the show was team captain Christine Ohuruogu, who
Manar Ammar – WNN Breaking (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: Violence spread across Egypt again on Friday as hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with police in what they dubbed as the “Friday of Anger.” That anger stems from the death of over 600 people on Wednesday
AP – FOX Sports – Friday, 16 August 2013 (originally published 15 Aug) A Swedish high jumper at the world championships competed with her fingernails painted in the colors of the rainbow on Thursday, showing support for gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law recently passed
Finally, an advert for period products we don’t need to cringe at: a tampon ad goes viral. An advertisement for period products has gone viral, with five and a half million (and counting) YouTube hits, coverage in the Irish Times, the Guardian, and the Telegraph as well as numerous blogs. Camp
WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Moscow, RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE: A suspect allegedly involved in the 2006 killing of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya has been shot by an unknown attacker in Moscow. Murad Musayev, a lawyer for Dzhabrail Makhmudov, said on August 15 that his client
Report finds cuts in education, benefits and support services may deter women from further and higher education. A new report by the National Union of Students (NUS) called Cut to the Quick has outlined the impact of government cuts and reforms on female students. The report quotes research from
Project gives young women space to share experiences and debate the issues. The first discussion group in a project aiming to challenge sexism and racism in music will take place this week, on 22 August. The project, set up by End Violence Against Women, Object and Imkaan - a UK-based, black
VOA News – WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/VOA) Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Earlier this month a 13-year-old California girl with an allergy to peanuts died in her father’s arms after unknowingly consuming a small amount of peanut butter in a snack she was eating. The girl quickly
A spoon concealed in their underwear is helping youngsters escape forced marriages. The idea is that if you are being taken abroad against your will, having a spoon in your underwear will set off security alarms at airports, giving you one last chance to ask for help from the airport’s staff
Government intervention to address boys’ underperformance is not a new phenomena. With August comes the usual scrutiny of girls and boys performance in end of year examinations. But don’t let this August’s media circus allow your attention to dwindle completely from some of the key issues revealed
UKIP’s treasurer: ‘Chess, bridge, poker – women come absolutely nowhere’. Last week, Stuart Wheeler, who has been treasurer of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) since 2011, attended a debate at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) about whether gender quotas should be used to make
Rachel George – Policymic – Monday, 19 August 2013 (originally publish 15 Aug) Over six thousand Tunisians — most of them women — rallied this week to protest against a major question of word choice. After a years-long effort to create a suitable constitution to bring Tunisia forward in
WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) Kibwela, EASTERN DRC, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the release of 82 children from the Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga armed group through the joint efforts of aid agencies working in the country
These are acts underpinned by the desire of neighboring countries wanting access to raw materials. by B K Kumbi, Congolese historian and activist. I would like first to thank Sarah Cheverton for this article that really tries to make sense of the horrific war in the Congo. The problem of the
Suheir Azzouni for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) Paris, FRANCE, WESTERN EUROPE: Last month, my family and I went back home to Palestine for summer vacation. Five days into the vacation, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MoI) handed us documents expelling us from our country, leaving us
Lesbians are “correctively” raped, gay men and women beaten to death, Russian police stand idly by. Green MP Caroline Lucas has written to Foreign Office Minister David Lidington expressing her “deep concerns” at Russia’s anti-gay legislation and says Britain should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics
Professor Polly Arnold launches her “call to arms” for more women in STEM subjects. According to the BBC, just one-third of the UK’s science undergraduates are female – and only 9 per cent of professors. And with inequality in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) costing
Excuse me as I burn my M&S bra but there is something unsettling about their latest ad campaign. Marks and Spencer (M&S) has enlisted twelve of “Britain’s leading ladies” to front their autumn collection. These include actor Helen Mirren, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and award-winning
IRIN  Humanitarian News and Analysis  – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As evolving technologies multiply the rate of “big data” in emergencies from crowd-sourcing, to crowd-seeding to social media – humanitarian organizations are now focusing on how
Nilanjana S Roy – India Forbes – Tuesday, 20 August 2013 (originally published 16 Aug) The idea that we are equal stops at the ground beneath our feet. The soil of India, the land of Bharat, is owned chiefly by men. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)
Jessica Berman for VOA – WNN Breaking     (WNN/VOA) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Scientists say copper may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder that causes dementia and eventually death. Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause
Some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week. Activism: 24 August: Lose The Lads’ Mags Day of Action at a Tesco store near you, from midday A day of family-friendly protests, calling on Tesco to stop selling lads’ mags. The protest will include
‘If I boycotted every label that didn’t use black models on catwalk I’d probably be naked.’ Model Iman is calling for a consumer boycott of fashion brands in protest at the lack of black models being employed to promote them on. She wants a return to 1960s-style direct action to hit
Carolyn Weaver for VOA – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/VOA) New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: New York isn’t often thought of as a beach town, but the city’s southeastern edge is all coastline. Surfing aficionados can get on the subway train in Times Square with their surfboards, and be riding
Join us for a national day of action as supporters hold family-friendly protests outside local Tesco stores. Have you seen the papers over the past week? Lose the Lads’ Mags has been all over the news, including the front pages of Metro and the Guardian. First the Co-operative told lads’ mags
Tim Irwin for the UN Refugee Agency in Labrab, South Sudan -  WNN Breaking (WNN/UNHCR) Labrab, SOUTH SUDAN, NORTHERN AFRICA: Humanitarian organizations in South Sudan are working to deliver emergency assistance to some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by armed conflict in Jonglei state
Catherine Hoskyns – New Internationalists – 15 August 2013 (originally published 12 Aug) An innovative development is currently taking place in Nicaragua. A number of co-operatives with Fair Trade contracts are including in the costs of production (for sesame oil and green coffee) a
Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: Following an extreme violent use of force against pro-Morsi protesters on the streets of the Nasr City district of Cairo under what the United Nations describes as “sit-ins and demonstrations,” the protest camps outside