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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  “Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres   Why we must eliminate violence against women Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one […]

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

5 Habits Professional Women Should Break

1. Apologizing This one is probably something that could be applied to all women everywhere, but especially in a professional realm. Women, for whatever reason, feel compelled to say, “I’m sorry!” for a lot of things that don’t warrant an apology, especially when it comes to asking clarifying questions and/or asking for something we know you […]

Being A Woman And A Leader: It’s Challenging But Achievable

Being A Woman And A Leader: It’s Challenging But Achievable

Ladies, this isn’t news to us. As a woman in the work force you need to work twice as hard, be twice as successful, twice as creative, and be twice as productive as the men in your field just to even be recognized as a valuable asset to your company. The stakes are even higher […]

Women In Sports Ad Strikes Nerve In Arab World

Women In Sports Ad Strikes Nerve In Arab World

An online commercial released by Nike  this week showing Arab women fencing, boxing and spinning on ice-skates has stirred controversy over its attempt to smash stereotypes about women leading home-bound lives in the conservative region. It begins with a woman nervously peering out of her doorway and adjusting her veil before going for a run […]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  Background By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November […]

Why Does The Women’s Rights Movement Marginalise Women With Disabilities?

Why Does The Women’s Rights Movement Marginalise Women With Disabilities?

Civil law in Pakistan permits men to have up to four wives but Noori, a visually impaired woman, married into a family where the preference is for one. Nonetheless, Noori’s husband remarried because she had a disability. Kasturi, an Indian girl with polio, wants to marry but her mother believes no one will have her […]

Religious leaders at The Forefront Of Ending Gender-Based Violence In Ethiopia

Religious leaders at The Forefront Of Ending Gender-Based Violence In Ethiopia

  Archbishop Abune Markos from East Gojam Zone Diocese in Ethiopia believes in gender equality. He is committed to end child marriages and all forms of violence against women and girls in Ethiopia. “Education is power and the key to freedom,” he says. “Marriage should only happen when people are ready…. You can only marry […]

Nigerian Rapists Escape Punishment Using Money, Influence – And Marriage

Nigerian Rapists Escape Punishment Using Money, Influence – And Marriage

When 14-year-old Amina got married last year, the occasion was solemn. Rather than the flamboyance that often characterises Nigerian nuptials this was a subdued affair, attended only by a few family members and close friends. The bride and groom knew each other, but they had not been in a relationship. Rather Amina, not her real […]

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

VIDEO: Romania’s Generation Of Girls Trafficked Into Europe’s Sex Industry

Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home. Often deceived by boyfriends who are little more than pimps, these teenagers are desperate for a better life. Maya is now in a brothel in Switzerland, but her younger […]

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

ANALYSIS: What Say Do Women Have in Kenya’s Peace and Security?

In March, Kenya became one of 60 countries to have developed an action plan to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), on women, peace and security. Besides the principles of the 2010 Constitution, the action plan – like the resolution – focuses on four pillars, namely prevention; protection; participation […]

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