A new play at the Globe Theatre examines women’s struggle for higher education. It is Girton College Cambridge 1896 and its principal Elizabeth Welsh (Gabrielle Lloyd ) is determined that her small group of female students will be allowed to graduate at the end of their studies. Welsh had sacrificed everything to establish the college [...]...Leggi Tutto
A new campaign aims to change the debate around welfare benefits and debunk the images. We all know what it’s like to live on benefits, whether we’ve ever had to do so or not. We’ve heard the tales, imbibed the rhetoric, grown fat on our daily diet of stereotypes and scaremongering. Mouthing the
Valuing Maternity to investigate the impact of welfare reform on pregnant women and new mothers. The Valuing Maternity campaign, which is made up of advice providers such as Citizens Advice, specialist charities like Maternity Action and trade unions and is asking women to come forward with their
Lauren Hersh for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: International human rights organization, Equality Now, has launched a campaign calling on the United Nationals to listen to survivors and address the root causes of sex trafficking and
Tierney Sneed – U.S. News & World Report – Monday, 23 September 2013 (originally published 17 Sept) In many ways, the plot of “Wadjda” is one any current or former child can relate to. Wadjda, a spunky 10-year-old girl, wants a bike and will do anything to get it. She
Helen Clark – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) United Nations, New York, N.Y., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Every minute, someone dies from armed violence somewhere in the world (pdf), according to human rights groups and peace campaigners. Though the number of international conflicts has decreased in recent
Jennifer Lazuta for VOA news – WNN Science & Health (WNN/VOA) Dakar, CHAD, MIDDLE AFRICA:  A study published this month in the Lancet medical journal found a new meningitis vaccine being used in Chad reduced the incidence of the disease by 94 percent.  According to the World Health
Chi Onwurah – Guardian – Friday, 20September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept) It may not have made the headlines, but roughly the same number of men and women spoke at last week’s British Science festival in Newcastle. With Maggie Aderin-Pocock appearing alongside Robert
WNN Breaking (WNN/OMCT) Paris, France | Geneva, Switzerland, WESTERN EUROPE: The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), welcomes the release on
I rattle on quite frequently about the barriers to women in cycling. And I will today, too. Writing in the Guardian this week, Grace Wong raised one of the issues which is frequently overlooked: the way in which women’s sportswear is marketed. As a runner and a cyclist, this is something that
Daniela Walker – PSFK – Thursday, 18 September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept) Living in a city, most women expect to be harassed at some point or another. ‘Hey, baby, what’s your number?’ ‘You’re so pretty when you smile’ – but artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh wants men to ‘Stop Telling
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: Bringing a window of optimism and confidence to displaced women and girls who have suffered greatly under war and conflict in the rural northeast region of the DRC – Democratic Republic of the Congo, a 46-year-old Roman
Claudia Forster-Towne – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Its National Braai Day again, a colloquial name given to South Africa’s Heritage Day. It is a day when South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and diversity in the wider context of a nation that
Campaign to put consent in the UK’s National Curriculum. Campaign4Consent is a Twitter Youth Feminist Army (TYFA) campaign to get sexual consent taught in schools as part to the sex and relationships education (SRE) National Curriculum. Campaign4Consent believes that the current curriculum is
WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Statements of condolence and concern came from the Office of the United Nations Secretary General over 36 hours ago as the those involved in an armed siege in the Westgate Shopping Mall in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi continued. People
Some dates for your diary of woman-centric events going on around the UK and the world this week. Across the UK – and worldwide: 28 September: Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion The Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) is calling on members and
Kent Monroe – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN) State of Virginia, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Follow the wood line at the back of the house, past the currants, past the birch-lined pond, and there comes a trail that leads through the woods to the secret garden. This is where I bury the
Protest against the Radisson hotel group supporting an industry that has a record of exploitation. The Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in London’s Bloomsbury is set to host a major conference for the porn industry on September 22-25 and women’s groups are calling for a boycott of the hotel
Amanda Rodriguez reviews the new prison TV series Wentworth. The second in a weekly series of cross-posts from Bitch Flicks. Wentworth is an Australian women’s prison drama that is much grittier, darker, more brutal and realistic than another recent prison drama - Orange is the New Black -
WNN Breaking (WNN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Working to bring stronger protection for child soldiers who have been abducted in Africa, UNICEF, also known as the UN Children’s Fund, is stepping up the commitment level to stop the use of child soldiers inside the AU
‘Government and pro-government forces have continued to conduct widespread attacks on the civilian population’. A new report from the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Syria has illuminated the increasingly brutal tactics that the country’s government – and, to a
#fuckhonour and #fuckshame, when it silences young people reaching out. By Huma Munshi In the film ‘Monsoon Wedding’ an adult survivor of sexual abuse comes face-to-face with the perpetrator at the wedding of her best friend. As a result of the close familial ties and the need to uphold community
Karen Ingala Smith highlights the reality of cultural femicide. Many people know the statistic: ‘two women in England and Wales a week are killed through domestic violence’; but how many try to connect with that and to feel the impact of what it really means? In the first three days of
Josh Wingrove – Globe and Mail – Tuesday, 24 September 2013 (originally published 23 Sept) As the gunfire began in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, Joanne Ball-Burgess hid. The Canadian was among the shoppers targeted by Saturday’s attack, and first heard the gunshots as she left the washroom
New figures show bonus and flexitime disparity on top of the continued pay gap. Nothing puts a damper on the annual back-to-school-and-work energy of early autumn better than a new batch of statistics revealing the huge financial disadvantages faced by women in the workplace around the world. In
Pro-choice protest against ’40 Days for Life’ on 24 September from 6.45pm-7.30pm. On 25 September the ‘pro-life’ campaign 40 Days for Life will begin “prayer vigils” outside reproductive health clinics around the UK in an attempt to block women’s freedom to choose a
Joined by friend Beth Candy, Wonder Woman and her Lasso of Truth return to promote peace and fight evil. Internationally renowned comic book writer Grant Morrison has started work on a new Wonder Woman story. Despite being one of only three DC Comics characters that are continually in print, Wonder
Vandana Shiva for YES! – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/YM) New Delhi, INDIA, SOUTHERN ASIA: My ecological journey started in the forests of the Himalaya. My father was a forest conservator, and my mother became a farmer after fleeing the tragic partition of India and Pakistan. It is from the Himalayan
Ask the Labour Party to include women claiming asylum in their party’s policy on women’s safety. Over the summer, the London Refugee Women’s Forum took part in a film making workshop and made this powerful short film introducing themselves and the issues that they’re
Researchers in Copenhagen have found that, for some men at least, watching porn makes them more sexist....Leggi Tutto
Amina Zia Massoud – WNN Inside Perspectives on Afghanistan This important story is an updated version of a previous release by WNN – Women News Network (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: As 2014 approaches there are worrying signs that Afghan women’s rights will diminish once
Petition the UK government to improve the responses to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Unity & Hope is running a petition is to call for action from everyone who cares about supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). Help us tell the government to take urgent action to
Women are taking centre-stage to revitalise plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The Othello Syndrome, for example, said director Hannah Kaye, focusses on the gender politics of Shakespeare’s original. “Essentially the production provides a contemporary feminist lens with which
Emine Bozkurt – Hurriyet Dailey News – Wednesday, 18 September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept) 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The symbolism of this date has led to 2023 being set as the “deadline” for many financial, political, and social targets