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 24 million people in Ghana, [...]...Leggi Tutto
Georgia: Warren Hill’s execution will not be carried out tonightGeorgia execution chamberThe state Attorney General’s Office will not be filing an appeal today to try and overturn a stay of execution granted Thursday to condemned killer Warren Hill, an office spokeswoman said.As a result, Hill will not be executed at 7 p.m. tonight, a date set earlier this
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
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’
New research shows improved access to finance increases numbers of women in business. Two new sets of research, one from the Women’s Business Council and one from Social Enterprise UK, have identified access to finance as one of the main barriers to increasing the numbers of women in business. As a
The Church of England synod votes to move ahead with draft law. Reactions were largely negative when the motion that would have made it lawful for women to be consecrated to the office of bishop in the Church of England was defeated in November 2012. The Right Reverend Justin Welby, the then Bishop
“It’s your game too, come and join the team.” The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) and the Football Association (FA) are joining forces to encourage women to turn their passion for football into a career. I know what you’re thinking – another day, another initiative to get
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
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
Have we reached a tipping point for women’s football?  Women’s football has been reaching new heights of popularity, and the Women’s European Championship will get an unprecedented amount of coverage. Last year’s Olympics saw the first ever sold-out stadium for a women’s match as Team
Saudi Arabia maids to get day off every weekDomestic workers must ‘obey’ their employers and respect Islam in new rules.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday new rules to protect the rights of foreign domestic workers, most of whom are from South Asia, but stressed they must “respect” Islam and “obey” their employers.Labour Minister
Texas executes John QuintanillaJohn QuintanillaHUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court declined for a second time Tuesday to halt an execution scheduled for a Texas man convicted of fatally shooting a retired sheriff's deputy during a robbery of an amusement center.John Manuel Quintanilla, 36, was executed by lethal
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
Mystery shoppers to nominate shops that fulfil toy campaigner’s good practice criteria. Let Toys Be Toys, the parent-led campaign that aims to see ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ signs removed from toy shops and websites, has announced the launch of a good practice Toymark: to be awarded with the help of
On stage in Tehran: Stories of death row youthA scene from "The Blue Feeling of Death"in Arasbaran Cultural Center in TehranTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The stage curtains open. Six nooses hang above the young inmates, who are making chairs in the prison workshop to be used as the platforms in their own hangings. The audience gasps.This is
Texas executes Vaughn RossVaughn RossHUNTSVILLE, TX -- A former Texas Tech graduate student convicted of a double slaying a dozen years ago has been executed.Vaughn Ross received lethal injection Thursday evening for the January 2001 fatal shootings of an 18-year-old woman with whom he had been feuding and an associate
It smacks so clearly of the desire to control women; what they wear and how they behave. Miss World. Yes, it does still exist. The 62-year old pony show for women which was set up in the early 1950s, at a time when a woman’s place was most certainly in the home, or as a [...]...Leggi Tutto
New report exposes ‘systematic dismantling’ of state institutions, legislation and practices designed to tackle women’s inequality. The Fawcett Society, an organisation which campaigns for women’s equality and rights at home, at work and in public life, has warned the UK government against taking a
On Death Row in PakistanOn the rare occasions that Zulfiqar Ali Khan, 43, is allowed to leave his cell in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he passes the gallows where he will one day be executed.A manicured path leads up to the whitewashed wooden gallows, and on either side there are neat flowerbeds, according to
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
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
Death penalty for leading Bangladesh IslamistTribunal finds Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islam, guilty of war crimes.A Bangladesh court has sentenced a senior leader of the country's largest Islamic party to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.Ali Ahsan Mohammad
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
U.S.: The Reasons Behind the Slow Pace of ExecutionsOpponents of the death penalty have hit upon an effective tactic: Learn who is making the lethal drugs used in executions and publicly shame them. Now, death penalty states are fighting to make the names of the drugs a state secret.States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in
Despite growing evidence of humans rights abuses, G4S are awarded contracts to run services to vulnerable women. Why? We can learn a lot about how G4S might run services in the women’s sector by looking at some of the findings of last week’s inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died after
Women are writing their own parts to escape the limitations of male-penned scripts.  Female cineasts are practiced at low-level suffering; that perpetual ache as we sit through hour upon hour of celluloid stereotypes, cringing at false representation, raging at the denial of agency, resigning
Georgia court blocks Warren Hill execution as state acquires new drugsThe death penalty in Georgia has been thrown into disarray after a court blocked the upcoming execution of Warren Hill and castigated the state for passing a new secrecy law hiding the identity of the pharmacists who have supplied the lethal injection drugs needed to kill him.The ruling leaves the
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
Very few people have addressed terrorism in terms of the human rights of civilians. A new book by left-wing American feminist writer Meredith Tax argues that the Left in the UK and America is often too ready to embrace right-wing Islam – to the detriment of women and others in the Islamic
Malaysian escapes gallows after Singapore law reformA Malaysian convict has become the first person in Singapore to have a mandatory death sentence for murder commuted after the city-state eased rules on capital punishment, officials said Wednesday.The Attorney-General's Chambers said Fabian Adiu Edwin, 23, a construction worker from the eastern
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
“This is not only about golf – it’s about women’s place in society.” Every two or three years one of Scotland’s notorious cadre of sexist golf clubs hosts the Open championship, diminishing the country’s commitment to equality and fairness. And sportsmen become clearly
Call for an end to police infiltration of protest groups – and defending the right to protest. Anti-racist campaigners, whose organisation was infiltrated by under-cover officers in the 1990s believe a Hillsborough-style panel is the only way to uncover the truth. Last week members of Youth
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