News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

  1. Economic Empowerment of Women Good for All

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor is a writer at Africa Renewal,* published by the United Nations

    Government staffer Souhayata Haidara enjoys talking about her life in a patriarchal society. Her career is a triumph of patience and perseverance, she tells Africa Renewal with a smile and a wink.

  2. Women in Ethiopia Still Struggle Despite Leadership in Government

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    ADDIS ABABA, Apr 19 (IPS) - Bethlehem Mengistu is WaterAid Country Director in Ethiopia

    Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country's government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors.

  3. Empowering Girls Through Sport

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - For too long, women and girls have been excluded from the playing field—literally. But now, many are paving the way in the fight against gender inequality through sports.

  4. Brunei’s Shariah Code & the New Stone Age

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 15 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which was the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and concluded in Belgrade, April 12   Sivananthi Thanenthiran is the executive director of the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a regional NGO based in Malaysia championing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific. She is also a "SheDecides" Champion for Asia Pacific.Over a week ago – on April 3 – Brunei, the tiny South East Asian kingdom on the island of Borneo, announced its citizens would face the full force of the Shariah law.

  5. Religion & Development: An Enhanced Approach or a Transaction?

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12 (IPS) - Dr. Azza Karam is a Senior Advisor at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Coordinator of UN Interagency Task Force on Religion, and Professor on Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

    Since 2008, a number of articles/opinions have been written, on the nexus between religion and development.

    In chronological order, the articles first made the case for why ‘religion matters' to the attainment of developmental objectives, noting how religious leaders are critical to changing social norms which can be in contradiction to human rights, and noting the extent to which faith-based organisations (FBOs) have anyway served as the original social service providers known to human kind.

  6. Why New York Should Not Decriminalize Sex Trade

    Tuesday, April 09, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 09 (IPS) - Taina Bien-Aimé is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). Prostitution policies are bubbling up again in legislative circles across the United States, but few representatives seem to have much clarity on the issue. 2020 presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has given mixed messages on her thinkingwhile Bernie Sanders has said he simply has "no answer."

  7. Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women, Peace & Security

    Monday, April 08, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 08 (IPS) - Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury in his address during the launch of the initiative on "Mobilizing Men as Partners for Women , Peace and Security."

    Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury is former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations and Initiator of the conceptual breakthrough that led to adoption of UNSCR 1325, as Security Council President in March 2000In the first month of Bangladesh joining the Security Council in January 2000, President Nelson Mandela was in New York to report to the Council in his capacity as the UN-mandated facilitator of the Burundi Peace Process. In an informal setting, he shared with us that his efforts to include women in the peace table were not working as participating men stonewalled.

  8. Women Activists Protest Torture & Imprisonment Under Repressive Regimes

    Thursday, April 04, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 04 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which will be the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and scheduled to take place in Belgrade, April 8-12.

    Faced with an uneven battle against right wing nationalist governments, repressive regimes and extremist groups, scores of civil society organizations (CSOs) are gearing themselves to fight back.

  9. Latin America Resets Its Strategy against Femicides

    Thursday, April 04, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Apr 04 (IPS) - Several initiatives are seeking to strengthen the fight against femicides in Latin America, a region which, despite growing popular mobilisation and pioneering legislation against gender-based murders, still has the world's worst rates in what has been described as a "silent genocide," says U.N. Women.

  10. Invested in Gender Diversity

    Thursday, April 04, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Apr 04 (IPS) - RAKHI KUMAR is a senior managing director and head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors.*

    Across the investment industry, asset owners and asset managers push to enhance gender diversity at all leadership levels

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