Michaela Haas – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) Santa Barbara, California, AMERICAS: There is no hope for a female pope, but there might be one for a female Buddhist leader. When Pope Francis washed the feet of two young women during Easter, this provoked the criticism of conservative Catholics who pointed out that the liturgies [...]...Leggi Tutto
Homeless women have specific needs which the sector does not seem particularly good at meeting. St Mungo’s run accommodation and support projects for homeless people. ‘Rebuilding Shattered Lives’ is its current national 18-month campaign to raise awareness of women’s homelessness, to
More than 80,000 people sign petition for return of the ‘Tour de France Feminin’. You may not know this but the Tour de France has a reigning women’s champion in the shape of British cyclist Emma Pooley. She won the race in 2009, and since it hasn’t been staged since, technically she
Ana Cecilia Alvarez – Daily Beast – Thursday, 01 August 2013  You hear it all the time. Hey baby, smile for me a little bit. Why are you so upset? Come on I know how to make you feel better. Some women decide to respond to the constant teasing, cat-calling and harassment with a cold
Alison Saunders takes over as Director of Public Prosecutions later this year. Last week the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Alison Saunders would be the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and will take over from Keir Starmer in November. She will be the head of the Crown
Lys Anzia – WNN Justice (WNN/DN) Jacksonville, Florida, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Amy Goodman with Democracy Now covers issues of justice in the State of Florida (U.S.) and the case for Marissa Alexander as she interviews an attorney and a civil rights advocate. Marissa Alexander, the
Ian Johnston – NBC News – Wednesday, 31 July 2013 (originally published 29 Jul) PARIS — The politician known as “NKM” is a rising star in France – a tough, military-trained engineer first elected to the National Assembly at the age of just 29 and tipped by some as a future
Mike Prashker – WNN Learning! (WNN/CGN) Ramla, ISRAEL, WESTERN ASIA: One hundred newly qualified Arab-Israeli teachers – fresh out of teacher-training college – are now being actively recruited to teach in Jewish-Israeli schools by the Ministry of Education and Merchavim (Hebrew
Women are being failed by the very systems that promised to protect them. As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the
Disastrous performances prompt widespread calls for grassroots rethink. A couple of weeks ago I was lauding the launch of Kick off Your Career, the new initiative to get women involved in all aspects of football. I cooed over the glossy brochure, the high profile unveiling by the Football
WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution
Welcome to our bulletin of the news and results from British women’s sport this week. Athletics: Britain’s women excelled at the IPC Athletics World Championships this week in Lyon. The undoubted star was Hannah Cockcroft, who completed the sprint double. She took the T34 100m in 17.88
Issa Yussuf – All Africa – Friday, 02 August 2013 (originally published 31 Jul) Zanzibar — IN a bid to prove their strength and determination,ten women in Kikungwi coastal Village, about 48 Kilometres, South of the Zanzibar stone town have constructed their own houses without any help
Exploring what other cultures can teach us about supporting women as they become mothers. When the government released statistics last month revealing the first fall in UK mothers initiating breastfeeding since the collection of data started in 2004, a number of news agencies reported the
Victims of trafficking are often treated like criminals rather than victims of crime. Guest post from Eaves Man Charitable Trust has been supporting Eaves’ Poppy Project over the last two years through funding a specialist Prisons and Detention Centres Outreach Worker in addition to supporting
This weekend in London there’s a  festival dedicated to feminist sci-fi films. Called Women on the Edge of Time, it promises futuristic “worlds free of sexism”. Tellingly, time-travel movies are absent from the programme. And as Anna Smith writes in the Guardian, ‘From The
Award-winning screenwriter, feminist, columnist and theorist Elaine Morgan has died. A coal-miner’s daughter, born Elaine Floyd, Morgan studied English literature and language at Oxford before teaching for the Workers’ Educational Asscociation (WEA). Determined that her bookish only child
One of the important features of our campaign is giving survivors the opportunity to shout back. Guest blog from Everyday Victim Blaming. In case you’ve been hidden away, Caroline Criado-Perez of The Women’s Room, started a petition and a fund raiser to get the Bank of England (BoE) to Keep a Woman
WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In what UNOCHA - the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – is calling “thousands in urgent need of relief” Syrian citizens in sealed off areas in Aleppo, Idlib, Rural Damascus and Homs are facing
Harriet Harman asks Britain’s national newspapers to report on female journalists over 50. Harriet Harman has been hard at work since heading up the Labour party’s Commission on Older Women, established last year. The commission was set up to focus on three key areas – older women in the
The stigma and marginalisation faced by sex workers often leaves them excluded from conversations about violence against women. As reported last week on this site, on 19 July an International Day of Protest was held in reaction to the murders of Dora Ozer and Petite Jasmine. On 21 July, just two
WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In a detailed and comprehensive nation-wide campaign sweep that reached into 76 separate U.S. cities, 47 state divisions of the U.S. FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation along with 230 separate agencies and 3,900+ local, state and
An artist making ground-breaking and enigmatic work since her first exhibitions in the mid-1960s. The Serpentine Gallery is currently presenting Leaps Jumps and Bumps, the first solo exhibition of the work of Elaine Sturtevant to be held in a public institution in the UK. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, in
Portraying women as nothing more than objects to be looked at is unacceptable in the 21st century. The UK’s biggest teaching union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), has thrown its backing behind the campaign calling on David Dinsmore, Editor of the Sun, to drop page 3. The support comes as the
Holding the private sector to account or holding critics at bay? Margaret Hodge, MP, chair of the UK government’s public accounts committee, has confirmed that there will be two new reviews into the UK Border Agency’s COMPASS contract and into private sector delivery of public services
Campaigners renew calls for community sentences and support for women’s centres. In 2006, after six women died in the Styal prison in Cheshire, Baroness Jean Corston was commissioned to provide recommendations on ways to keep vulnerable women out of prison. She made 43 recommendations and called
Today marks the start of International Breastfeeding Week 1 – 7 August. World Breastfeeding Week was first held in 1992 and it is now observed in over 120 countries with support from UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, organisations and individuals. The event is organised by the World
But does UK policy indirectly continue to support it? Between 1999 and 2012, Panzi Hospital, in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  treated 19,270 survivors of sexualized violence. The hospital’s medical director and international advocate for survivors of rape in conflict, Dr Denis
WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Spikes in food prices and extreme climatic events have threatened global food security in recent years, raising concerns about humanity’s ability to feed its growing population. These fears prompted scientists from the Royal
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study. Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated
Saba Eitizaz  – BBC News – Tuesday, 30 July 2013 (originally published 26 Jul) Female cartoon superhero Burka Avenger is set to debut on Pakistani television next month. The country’s answer to Wonder Woman and Supergirl uses books and pens against bad guys trying to shut the
Twitter backlash over online abuse of Caroline Criado-Perez goes mainstream. After announcing the success of her campaign to get the Bank of England to keep a picture of a woman on British banknotes, campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, co-founder of The Women’s Room, was sent hundreds of rape
Cydney Hargis – IPS - Monday, 29 July 2013 (originally published 27 Jul) WASHINGTON, Jul 27 2013 (IPS) - In the face of global climate change and currency devaluation, improved strategies are being used to combat high international poverty and malnutrition rates, and to increase global food
WVoN talked to the co-founder of The Women’s Room and Mediawatch who wants women to stay on banknotes. Caroline Criado-Perez has been a very busy woman lately. Not content with taking on British media with The Women’s Room, a database of female experts available to talk to the media