News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

Menstrual Hygiene Project Keeps Girls in School

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DHAKA, Mar 23 (IPS) - Breaking taboos surrounding menstruation, a project to distribute sanitary napkins to girls in one district of Bangladesh has had a positive impact on school dropout rates – and should be replicated in other parts of the country, experts say.

New Approach Needed for Peace in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NEW YORK, Mar 22 (IPS) - When the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban's despicable treatment of women was cited by First Lady Laura Bush as one of the main reasons for going to war. Yet, since that regime fell 15 years ago, the Afghan government has neither included women in the peacebuilding process, nor has it stemmed the endemic rate of violence against them.

‘Words of Fear and Loathing Can -and Do- Have Real Consequences’

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - "Politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees. Words of fear and loathing can, and do, have real consequences," warns the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

'Hate Group' Inclusion Shows UN Members Still Divided on LGBT Rights

Monday, March 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 (IPS) - A group designated as a hate group for its "often violent rhetoric" against LGBTI rights was an invited member of the United States Official Delegation to the annual women's meeting say rights groups.

Former Boko Haram Abductees Speak Out

Saturday, March 18, 2017

DUBAI, UAE, Mar 18 (IPS) - Though still fearful for her life and the safety of her family, one of the girls who escaped abduction by Boko Haram in Nigeria has appealed to global leaders to intervene and help bring back 195 schoolgirls still being held by the terrorist network.

‘Religious Discrimination, Fanaticism and Xenophobia Worsened’

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROME/GENEVA, Mar 18 (IPS) - Religious discrimination, fanaticism and xenophobia have worsened in several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, thus there is a need for alternatives to identify a common strategy to address these challenges, a Geneva-based think tank promoting global dialogue stated.

Oh Happy Day!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROME, Mar 18 (IPS) - Once a year, there is a day when the seven billion inhabitants of Planet Earth should feel happy or at least are encouraged to do so--the World Happiness Day, which is marked every year on March 20. So far, so good.

“The Struggle Continues” for Human Right to Peace and Inclusion of Women

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 (IPS) - UN officials and activists gathered to discuss the essential relationships between sustainable peace and gender equality during a two week-long UN meeting, begining March 13.

Travel Restrictions Cast Shadow on UN Women’s Meeting: Rights Groups

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 (IPS) - Increasing travel restrictions have prevented delegates from attending this year's UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), according to several women's rights groups.

Why Do Some Men Rape?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DAYLESFORD, Australia, Mar 15 (IPS) - A recent report from Equality Now titled 'The World's Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic' offered a series of recommendations for strengthened laws to deter and punish sexual violence against women and girls.

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