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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Women parliamentarians from the Arab States region unite to make a difference for sustainable development. While the Arab States region is at a crucial point of transition in history, gender equality and inclusion must be on the top of the region’s...
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
After Amira’s husband was killed in the Syrian war, she found herself adrift in Lebanon. Barred from working and with two young children to feed, she resorted to marrying off her nine-year-old daughter and putting her 12-year-old son to work. Amira...
Friday, September 09, 2016
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice (WGDAW) was created by the Human Rights Council in 2010, and consists of five independent expert members from different regions of the world.  The methods of work...
Friday, September 09, 2016
In this report, the Working Group examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life. The cultural construction of gender determines the role of women and girls within the family, including in marriage. After analysing the...
Friday, September 09, 2016
Bahrain Institute for Public Administration (BIPA) Director-General Raed Mohammed Bin Shams recently announced endeavors to help Bahraini women develop tools to grow into positions of leadership, a strategy that falls in line with the goals of the...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Turkey, host to the world's largest Syrian refugee population, which swelled after a civil war broke out in the country five years ago, is looking to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of the refugee community - women. Authorities said...
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Local rights groups criticized on Tuesday the legal provision on female genital mutilation (FGM) in its current format, proposing several amendments besides those put forth by the health ministry. Since its issuance in 2008, the legal provision...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Womankind Worldwide explains the importance of the CDIMA, Center for the Holistic Development of Aymara Women (CDIMA). Asunta is 46 and from Queñi. For years she suffered physical and emotional abuse from her brother. “He wanted to have all the land...
Friday, August 26, 2016
It is election time in Zambia, with citizens going to the polls today to elect the President, Members of Parliament and Councillors, and to vote in a constitutional referendum. It looks to be a close race, but unfortunately not as far as women are...
Friday, August 26, 2016
I recently met with Siiqqee in Ethiopia, visiting projects that promote women’s economic rights and ending violence against women. Siiqqee enables hundreds of women in a community to escape domestic violence, support themselves and their children...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
When the Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Regional Coalition for Middle East and North Africa met last month in Beirut, one seat was noticeably empty. While completing departure procedures at Cairo International Airport, authorities informed Mozn...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade, Human Rights Watch said in a report released last month. Adult women must obtain...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Turkey’s performance in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was reviewed by a United Nations committee on July 13, as a Turkish delegation provided official figures and answered the...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance (CEWLA) has slammed MP Ahmed al-Tahawy, member of the parliamentary health committee, for saying that it is not appropriate to halt the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), which he describes...
Cecilia Tkaczyk Former Member of the New York State Senate
Thursday, August 25, 2016
TimesUnion interviews former Member of the New York State Senate, Cecilia Tkaczyk, on the topic of women in politics. Access the original interview here. What brought you into politics? In 2012 I was on the Duanesburg school board and we were...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Atlantic publishes the following article on the relationship between American Muslim women and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Access the original article at The Atlantic’s website. Donald Trump has effectively declared Muslims the enemy, ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
TITLE: A woman’s place is apparently not in the house (either of them): Discrimination and harassment of women in politics ABSTRACT: Women continue to be under-represented in politics around the world. Myriad obstacles face politically ambitious...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
After years of wrangling and debates among African leaders, the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) is gaining real momentum, with a new action plan signed this week by Pan African Parliament (PAP) representatives and the U.N. Population...
Monday, August 22, 2016
  Background UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the UN, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women, and the achievement of equality between women and men as...
Friday, August 19, 2016
"Fiction can be an engaging, non-confrontational way to set the scene for constructive conversations, even on the most serious issues. We hope that Be 100 Ragl II can help enlighten men and women on how to build a more just and equal society...
Friday, August 19, 2016
Dear Mr. President, We as women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa, civil society organizations, NGOs, and INGOs are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt. We request that...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The Guardian has published an editorial on sex abuse that we transcribed due to its interest and relevance. Click here to access the original article. Calling out everyday sexism is a necessary part of an all-too-slow shift in the macho culture of...
Friday, August 05, 2016
The World Economic Forum has published an article on the relevance that sexism still has in politics nowadays. By the end of the year, two of the world’s most powerful political institutions – the United Nations and the US government – could be led...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
People and their talents are among the core drivers of sustainable, long-term economic growth. If half of these talents are underdeveloped or underutilized, growth and sustainability will be compromised. Moreover, there is a compelling and...
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Former Burundian government minister and spokeswoman Hafsa Mossi was shot dead by unknown assailants in the capital Bujumbura last month. "Hon. Mossi assassinated 10.30 in Gihosha", in the east of Bujumbura by, "two criminals in a vehicle," police...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, the United Nations celebrated 70 years of fostering human rights, and governments and civil society assessed 15 years of implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, and of Security...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The ceasefire, brokered in February 2016, is beginning to fail. As violence once again escalates in Syria, and the international community fails to protect the Syrian women and men from mass atrocities, WILPF believes that addressing the root causes...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on UN’s campaign to highlight the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution– hoping that their largely unsung work in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine will inspire others. A series of five...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Human Rights Council decided to appoint, for a period of three years, an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  It also adopted a resolution on youth and human...
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Moroccan government approved last month an amendment to the Moroccan Penal Code that liberalizes the nation’s abortion laws. This amendment is the most recent manifestation of efforts to reform the 50-year-old code in accordance with the goals...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Europe, refugee women on Greek islands are in constant fear, according to Amnesty International. Shirin, an Afghan journalist, was once shot at by the Taliban. After fleeing near-fatal attacks in her...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
According to UNFPA, there are 21.2 million people in need in Yemen, 3.4 million of them women and girls of reproductive age. Women & Girls Hub published this article by UNFPA Yemen. Click here to access the full news story. During times of...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Guardian has published an article on the views of UN Women’s Executive Director about changing laws blocking women’s economic progress. A global action plan to empower women economically by 2030 will focus on six areas, including addressing...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
OpenDemocracy has published the following report in defense of grassroots women crisis responders. “False claims that deny the impact of grassroots women's crisis responses are diverting much needed resources away from the very people making the...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Executive Director of Nazra For Feminist Studies center, Mozn Hassan, was banned from traveling last month. Nazra published the following statement: “The Passport Administration at Cairo International Airport banned this morning feminist...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Returning to Syria after working for the BBC in London, Zaina Erhaim found that all of the citizen journalists reporting on the civil war were men. When she decided to run training sessions for women who wanted to be journalists, she quickly...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Inter-American Commission”, “the Commission”, or the “IACHR”) has ruled repeatedly on impunity for human rights violations as one of the main obstacles to observance of the rule of law...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Inter‐American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter “the Commission” or “the IACHR”) presents this thematic report in which it examines the dimensions of the problem of sexual violence in Mesoamerica.  It examines the regulatory and...
Friday, July 01, 2016
As the world adopts a new framework to tackle its most acute development problems, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) has a clear vision for its role. Building on high-impact grant-making since 2009, the Fund is poised to directly support...
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Womankind Worldwide is a women’s rights and international development organization making an impact through the power of partnership. Since it was founded just over 25 years ago Womankind has helped 18 million women and their families. Their vision...

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