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Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture

Sunni Women Tell of ISIS Detention, Torture

Fighters from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq, Human Rights Watch said today. Although accounts of gender-based violence have emerged from areas under ISIS control, these are the first cases against Sunni Arab women […]

On Colourism And Other “Isms”

On Colourism And Other “Isms”

  Colourism is defined as the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group (see Google’s first million pages). Yes. I had to look it up. Unless you have experienced the sharp end of colourism or indeed, are of the darker-skinned races then […]

What Feminism Looks Like In 2017

What Feminism Looks Like In 2017

Every day, women are breaking barriers. We’re astronauts and doctors and judges. We raise children and juggle families. We are doing amazing things. Most of us acknowledge that we have a fair way to go yet and, in some places, a hell of a long way. In my professional circles, this acknowledgement that we want […]

Invest And Mobilize To End Violence Against Women

Invest And Mobilize To End Violence Against Women

  One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust. Of all women who were victims of homicide globally in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. Violence against women and girls, a gross human rights violation, […]

A Post-Election Message Of Thanksgiving From Republican Women For Hillary

A Post-Election Message Of Thanksgiving From Republican Women For Hillary

  Let’s be honest: Gratitude wasn’t the first emotion we felt after the election. In fact, it wasn’t the second, third, or one hundredth emotion we felt. We were shocked, demoralized, sad, confused, angry, unsure, nervous and, frankly, scared for the future of our country. But, after several days of reflection, we’ve realized that we […]

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

How Hungary And Poland Have Silenced Women And Stifled Human Rights

In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate. Polish women successfully preventing a total ban on abortion from coming into law recently was one of them. While we may praise the success of Polish women’s “black protest“ – where women across the country went on strike and dressed in black […]

China’s Marriage Rate Is Plummeting – And It’s Because Of Gender Inequality

China’s Marriage Rate Is Plummeting – And It’s Because Of Gender Inequality

  One of the greatest fears of Chinese parents is coming true: China’s young people are turning away from marriage. The trend is also worrying the government. After a whole decade of increases in the national marriage rate, China witnessed its second year of decline in the number of newly registered unions in 2015, with […]

Syrian Girls Are Being Pushed Into Child Marriage In Lebanese Refugee Camps

Syrian Girls Are Being Pushed Into Child Marriage In Lebanese Refugee Camps

Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. In developing countries, one in every three girls is married before 18; one in nine is married before 15. If the present trend continues, 150 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday over the next decade. That is an average of […]

UN Women Provides Immediate Support To Women In Grande Anse After Hurricane Matthew

UN Women Provides Immediate Support To Women In Grande Anse After Hurricane Matthew

  On October 11, UN Women staff in Haiti visited Jeremie, one of the most affected areas by Hurricane Matthew in the Grande Anse Department, and met with women’s organizations, civil society and local authorities to discuss and respond to the most urgent challenges that women and girls are facing after the catastrophic storm. After […]

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Empowering Women Farmers Of Rwanda Through Mobile Technology

Farmers in Rwanda now know the exact size of their land, can better forecast production and access markets through digital, mobile-enabled platform supported by UN Women and World Food Programme. What’s more, the programme is bridging gender equality gaps in agriculture and ensuring women’s equal participation in the value chain. In Gasovu, Muhanga District, a […]

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