image‘A retrograde oppressive step, and ethically, morally and legally unjustifiable’. by Tina PJ. I am assuming the call for a blanket legal ban on the wearing of a burqa would also mean a ban on the niqab, as the burqa and niqab are the particular styles of Islamic female dress which cover, either partially or entirely, the face. For... ‘A retrograde oppressive step, and ethically, morally and legally unjustifiable’. by Tina PJ. I am assuming the call for a blanket legal ban on the wearing of a burqa would also mean a ban on the niqab, as the burqa and niqab are the particular styles of Islamic female dress which cover, either partially or entirely, the face. For clarification, here is an image showing
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
imageGingerbread campaigns to stop single parents being charged to use the new Child Maintenance Service. The Child Support Agency, which has been in place since 1993, is being phased out and will be replaced next year by the Child Maintenance Service. It used to be free to get help from the
imageThe Government of the Republic of South Sudan should publicly disclose information about its use of the death penalty. South Sudan's prison service carried out at least four executions this November. Two men convicted of murder were hanged in Juba on 12 November. Two others were killed in
imageOnce again he failed to take seriously the effects of the sexualised representation of women in the U.K. media. By Stephanie Davies-Arai. November 25th is End Violence Against Women Day. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide, and nationally up to 70 per cent of
Anita Powell for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Activists around the world on Monday launched 16 days of activism against gender violence, an annual campaign that for more than 20 years has aimed to eradicate violence against women and girls.  But the campaign
imageExecution in Kuwait, April 1, 2013 Kuwait's supreme court has upheld a death sentence for a member of the Gulf state's ruling family convicted of killing his nephew, also a royal. Sheikh Faisal Abdullah Al-Sabah was convicted of shooting Sheikh Basel Salem Al-Sabah to death
imageProject 28-40 is looking for answers – and for 100,000 women for a survey. Please join in! The Project’s goal is to identify in detail a range of factors preventing women from reaching their professional potential, particularly the ‘missing women’ in middle management
imageKhonj execution, Nov. 24, 2013 November 24, 2013. A 32-year-old man was executed in public in Khonj, Iran, over rape and murder charges. The execution was carried out in presence of the families of the murdered ones and members of Khonj security council. According to the
Michael Kaufman and Gary Barker – The Guardian News – Monday 25 November, 2013 It may seem foolish to be optimistic on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The World Health Organization affirms that one in three women will experience
imageProposal to bring back one of the most repugnant symbols of Taliban regime is in draft revision of country's penal code. Afghan government officials have proposed reintroducing public stoning as a punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said, even though the practice has been
imageThis Christmas 120 women – mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, aunties, friends – will be missing from dinner tables around the UK. During 2013 they have been killed by their violent partner or ex-partner. Their names will be read out in an act of remembrance at a vigil
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
imageIran Human Rights, November 26: According to reliable sources in Iran eleven prisoners, among them one woman, were hanged in the Ghezelhesar prison of Karaj (west of Tehran). The female prisoner was transferred from the Gharchak prison of Varamin to Ghezelhesar for execution. The
imageA vivid portrait of the pressures and insecurities faced by young women. Powder Room – a comedy with an all female cast and set in the private space of a female public toilet- follows a group of women on a night out in a London club. Sam (Sheridan Smith) is there with glamorous
Valeria Marchinetti – WNN Features (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: “When you put your eyes on this report, despite all the louder sounds around you, what you can hear is, above all, silence. All the words you can read in this dossier is like a punch in your stomach. Someone will say
imageDubai’s highest court upholds death sentence against duo who killed compatriot. Dubai: Two Bangladeshi men who killed their compatriot and stole his cigarettes have lost their appeal and will face a firing squad. On Monday the two defendants, 27-year-old M.G. and 22-year-old
WNN Improve It (WNN/UN Women) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: Walking down a quiet street in Cairo to enjoy the evening air, 23-year-old Heba couldn’t help but wonder whether she was putting herself in harm’s way. “Can I join my family for dinner after this walk,” she asked
imageCall for ‘john schools’ and the legal requirement that all persons found purchasing sex attend them. Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment (SPACE) is an international group of sex-trade survivors with core membership from Ireland, the US and the UK. They will
Deborah Mazon – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) San Antonio, Texas, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: When I first heard a commercial ad for the Black Girls Rock Awards, I thought it was going to be another music awards show.  Boy, I was wrong! I discovered my mistake while channel surfing.  I landed on
image#JusticeNotJumpers protestors to target energy companies on fuel poverty. On 26 November, the day that Winter Death statistics are released, protestors will be taking action against price rises introduced by Npower and the other Big Six energy companies. Last year there were 24,000
imageHere are some woman-centric events for your diary going on around the UK this week. Bridlington: 29 November – 1 December: Valkyrian Fest 2013 at Shades Nightclub, 23 Queens Square, Bridlington. Go and watch loads of Valkyrian artists, all in aid of Rape Crisis. For the full line
imageNovember 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Trigger warning. By Karen Ingala Smith Monday 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I’ll be highlighting the UK’s shocking record of women
Teresa Lamas – WNN Improve It (WNN) Madrid, SPAIN, WESTERN EUROPE: Congolese journalist Caddy Adzuba Furaha has for years been reporting on the sexual aggressions suffered by the women of her country where thousands of women have been and continue to be used as weapons of war. Reporting on
imageOn Dec. 3, Jerry Duane Martin is slated to be the final inmate Texas puts to death this year. He was convicted and sentenced to die five years ago for the 2007 murder of Texas Department of Criminal Jus­tice prison guard Susan Canfield during a prison escape. Martin and an accomplice
Pooja Bhatia – Ozy – Wednesday, 27 November 2013 (originally published 19 Nov) There’s a fairy godmother up in Harlem named Kathryn Finney. These days, she’s wont to describe herself like this: “Big hair, even bigger ideas.” What’s the big idea? It’s
imagePublic execution in Saudi Arabia RIYADH: Saudi authorities beheaded on Tuesday a Pakistani man convicted of smuggling drugs to the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, the interior ministry said. The man, who has not yet been named, was found guilty of attempting to smuggle
imageBAGHDAD -- Iraq said it had executed 11 people convicted of crimes related to "terrorist attacks." The Justice Ministry said the executions took place on November 24. A total of 162 people have been executed in Iraq so far this year, compared with 129 in all of 2012. International
Corrie Maclaggan – The New York Times – November 26, 2013 (originally published 14 Nov) AMARILLO — DeDe Cummins’s family has farmed in the Texas Panhandle for a century, but no one expected her to have any interest in the work. “I was a girl,” said Ms. Cummins
imageThe first feminist overview of European gender equality. Billed as a ‘snapshot’ of the current situation, and based on legislation and statistical data, the report was published by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and examines three main topics and the links between them
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Afghanistan’s Justice Ministry has proposed reintroducing public stoning for convicted adulterers, possibly restoring a punishment in force during the Taliban’s brutal rule. Human Rights Watch and Afghan officials said
imageKuwait's supreme court upheld on Monday a death sentence against a woman for murdering her Filipina maid after torturing her, and confirmed a 10-year sentence on her disabled husband. The ruling is final and cannot be challenged but could be commuted to a life term by the ruler of the
imageWelcome to our weekly bulletin of British women’s sports news and results from around the globe. Football: A £2.4 million scheme to increase the participation of women and girls in football was announced this week. The Football Association (FA), Sport England, the Premier
"The profound moral question is not, 'Do they deserve to die?' but 'Do we deserve to kill them?'" - Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ... "The profound moral question is not, 'Do they deserve to die?' but 'Do we deserve to kill them?'" - Sister Helen Prejean, CSJLeggi