Re-establishing the importance of respect for a woman’s life, beyond her reproductive capacity. Twelve women’s stories will be told in a new film made in response to the Irish government’s recent and limited change to Ireland’s abortion law. The new legislation, passed last month, excludes any provision of abortion rights for the...Leggi Tutto
David Smith for Guardian Development Network in Namibia, Africa – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/GNDN) Windhoek, NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: When Erin Hayba began a project to bring computers to solar-powered schools in the world’s biggest refugee camp, there were plenty of skeptics. “People
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) UN New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: 12 August 2013 – Marking International Youth Day, United Nations officials today highlighted the plight as well as the contributions of young migrants, who often face hard conditions away from their homes. “It is important to emphasize the
Some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK this week. Workshops: 14 August: Choicework: Pro Choice Embroidery Workshop and Discussion - Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7XW at 7pm. Choicework is a participatory patchwork piece celebrating and
New research shows that boys are typically paid more than girls for carrying out household chores. A number of years ago, the Equal Opportunities Commission, as it was then, ran an advertising campaign for equal pay. The poster featured two children – one a girl and one a boy. The caption read
New e-book reminds us that the struggle for women’s suffrage continues. Refreshingly, there was much positive hullaballoo surrounding the centenary of Emily Wilding Davison’s death. Brutally mown down by King George V’s horse after running on to the track at the Grand Derby in Epsom on June 8
Students and sex work: ‘everybody knows this goes on’. As reported in the Huffington Post, the National Union of Students (NUS) has estimated that 20 per cent of women working in lap dancing clubs are students. And a study by the Universities of Kingston and Leeds found that as many as
Rene Kiamba – WNN Science and Health (WNN/USAID) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: At the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, one thing was clear. In order to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG)
Mabvuto Banda - IPS - Thursday, 07 August 2013 (originally published 03 Aug) LILONGWE, Aug 3 2013 (IPS) - Malawi’s President Joyce Banda knows a thing or two about women’s empowerment. After all she is the first female southern African head of state. But she has not had it easy. Banda had a tough
Launched of attempt to tackle sexual assault and harassment on London’s transport networks. The 2,000 police officers who monitor London’s buses, trains and underground have been trained to deal with sexual offences and victims as part of Project Guardian, which was launched on 22 July. Project
WNN Breaking (WNN/RFE/RL) Baku, Azerbaijan, EASTERN EUROPE/WESTERN ASIA: RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) calls upon the Azerbaijani government to investigate a blackmail and intimidation campaign against investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, following the July 26 release of a new
Zhang Hongping – All-China Women’s Federation – Wednesday, 07 August 2013 (originally published 05 Aug) A training course aimed at promoting the development of urban and rural women in Nyingchi Prefecture, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, opened on July 25, 2013
UNOCHA reporting from Yemen – WNN Improve It (WNN/UNOCHA) Sana’a, YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: Thirteen-year-old Nakhlah Ramadhan was tending sheep with her younger sister Fatima on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, when she stepped on a landmine. She was killed instantly
Film Board responds to concern about depictions of sexual and sadistic violence. Sexual violence has continued to prove divisive in the popular press, never more so than with the publication of E.L James’s erotic fiction book, Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011. The book caused outrage for its
Lizzy Davies – Guardian – Monday, 12 August 2013 (originally published 08 Aug)   Italy‘s prime minister has vowed to crack down on violence against women, as the government passed a package of measures designed to tackle the problem. “We believe that in our country
WNN Breaking (WNN) Manama, BAHRAIN, WESTERN ASIA: As Ms. Maryam Al-Khawaja was attempting to return home for a visit to Bahrain from her home in Denmark, the female human rights defender and acting President of the BCHR – Bahrain Center for Human Rights was stopped by a British Airways staff
Zach Dyer – Tico Times - Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug) A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America. Despite its concerns about the
Daisy Sindelar, Nino Tarkhnishvili & Ana Lomtadze for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – WNN Improve It (WNN/RFE/RL) Tbilisi, GEORGIA, EASTERN EUROPE: For many in socially conservative Georgia, a woman’s virginity remains a virtue. Virginity tests are another matter, however. A
Golnaz Esfandiari for RFE/RL – WNN Justice (WNN/RFE/RL) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: A group of prominent Iranian women’s rights activists and intellectuals have outlined some of their main demands for President-elect Hassan Rohani, who spoke against gender discrimination during his campaign
A play featuring the Delhi rape case goes to the Edinburgh Fringe. The story of the young Delhi woman who was gang-raped and left for dead has been brought to the stage in a piece that has just had its fifth public performance at London’s Riverside Studios, and is now to open at the Edinburgh
WNN Earth Watch (WNN/NOAA) Boulder, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS:  The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research
Italy Correspondent Valeria Marchetti - WNN Features (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: In Italy prostitution is not illegal. What is outlawed is the exploitation of prostitution. Many sex workers on the street deal with pimps and the harshness in the physical realities of the industry. Women
Help needs to be about finding the right way for a mother to feed her child. The general consensus is that in the majority of cases breast feeding gives a baby the best possible start in life. So what happens when breast feeding simply doesn’t work for a mother and her baby? I spoke with
Temitayo Olofinlua on-the-ground with the Global Press Institute – WNN Science & Health (WNN/GPI) Lagos, NIGERIA, WESTERN AFRICA: Four teenage girls have invented a urine-powered generator to create safer and more access to electricity. Only 50 percent of Nigerians had access to
Research indicates necessity rather than choice. The number of working mothers has increased by one million since 1997, with more than 2.2 million now the main wage-earner in their family. Initially that sounds like good news, as if women are beginning to earn more equitable wages. The reality is
Welcome to our weekly round-up of British women’s sports news and results from around the globe. Tennis: Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her first round match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a wrist injury. She was due to face Belgian player Yanina Wickmayer on 5 August. Robson is
Awareness campaign also a vehicle to explore the social stigma attached to female body hair. In aid of the UK’s only charity for sufferers of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Verity, cis and trans women around the country are taking a break from their usual body hair removal regimes all this
How do you take a 13-year-old victim of sexual abuse and turn her into a ‘sexual predator’? The UK courts can show you how. This is the point we have arrived at: a 13 year old child is sexually assaulted by an adult male and the judge and prosecutor both hold the child responsible for
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Berkeley, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As global temperatures rise, so do our levels of hostility and violence, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University  discovered a strong link between shifts in
Page three of the Irish Sun no longer shows bare breasts. The Irish edition of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid has adopted a more covered-up approach to the ‘glamour shot’, with this week’s ‘stars’ including former Miss World Rosanna Davison and Dutch model Sylvie van der
The Independent becomes the first national paper to pledge to cover as much women’s sport as men’s. Over the last year, hundreds of column inches have recorded how the London Olympics showed sport at its best: welcoming, uplifting, and above all inclusive. The performances by female athletes made a
WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/Syria Untold) Damascus, SYRIA, WESTERN ASIA: When Syrians took to the streets in March 2011, they rebelled not only against the ruling Assad family, but also against the obscurantism that had been imposed on them for decades. Art as a whole, and music in particular, have played
New research has found that women know less about politics than men, even in wealthy countries. The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, revealed that the gap in political awareness is actually the widest in affluent countries and countries that promote gender equality. The UK
A few weeks ago, for the very first time, I breastfed my baby in public. Guest post from Cassandra Fox. Nothing to trouble the squeamish – I was just sat in a cafe, amongst a clientèle largely made up of other mothers, with a strategically-placed muslin cloth saving my modesty. For many