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#WD2016:Mission to ensure sexist data replect women’s realities (No woman or girl left behind

#WD2016:Mission to ensure sexist data replect women’s realities (No woman or girl left behind

Copenhagen — Campaigners are finding more and more holes in official data to track where and which women need help Data, once the domain of geeks, is being put at the centre of women’s rights by campaigners arguing current statistics are sexist and need to have “soul” that reflects women’s real lives. While the 193 […]

Network Aims to Promote African Women as ‘Gamechangers’

Network Aims to Promote African Women as ‘Gamechangers’

Woman journalists across Africa are being invited to join a network which aims to achieve better coverage of initiatives led by women and children and of the issues that affect them. The “Women in Media Network” is the brainchild of the civil society trust formed by Graça Machel, the advocate for women’s and children’s rights, […]

Gambia: Wig Poised to Create Alternative for Women to Improve Income

Gambia: Wig Poised to Create Alternative for Women to Improve Income

A Gambian local initiative called Women’s Initiative Gambia (WIG) founded and run by Gambians exists to creating job alternative to women by providing technical skills to Gambia women and girls to gain self-employment to be financially independent and become self- reliance in The Gambia with a stated goal of increasing their income, and thus improving […]

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

Strict Laws Drive West African Women to Dangerous, Illegal Abortions

From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions – driven by shame, stigma and restrictive laws. Many pregnant women and girls in the region seek abortions from untrained practitioners in unhygienic surroundings or self-induce using desperate methods, ranging from drinking bleach to inserting […]

Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Mental illnesses are the world’s leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week. The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has nearly doubled in the past decade, […]

‘We are demanding change’: the Somali woman taking on international NGOs

‘We are demanding change’: the Somali woman taking on international NGOs

  In a Geneva conference hall last October, at the last global consultation meeting of the current humanitarian reform process, the great and the good of the humanitarian world mingled and chatted over coffee and croissants. The mood was collegiate and cosy – until a bespectacled Somali woman, in hijab and flowing robes, took to […]

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

Can the Throw-Away Fashion Industry Lead a New Trend Toward Sustainability?

After oil, fashion is the most polluting industry on the globe, believes Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative. But as many industries, from automobiles to agriculture, try to make their products and processes greener, the fashion industry – hardly a leader in conversations on reducing climate change – is starting to shift as […]

Upcoming UN Forum to Focus On Women’s Empowerment, Sustainable Development

Upcoming UN Forum to Focus On Women’s Empowerment, Sustainable Development

Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, will be the focus of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which begins its 60th session in New York next week. “It will be a festival of ideas channelled to implementation,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, […]

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Partnerships essential for sustainable development

Tehran – UN chief while emphasizing on partnerships, said sustainable development is only possible with the active engagement of governments, parliaments, employers, workers, civil society, the private sector and other agents of change. In his message on the World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2016, Ban Ki-moon said the day highlights the imperative of […]

Uganda: Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women

Uganda: Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women

Kampala — Mayimuna Monica* has been living with HIV for over 10 years and wants to have a baby. But she can’t because her uterus was removed against her will at a government hospital where she had gone to deliver her last child now aged eight. “My uterus was removed in 2007. When I got […]

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