Women are writing their own parts to escape the limitations of male-penned scripts.  Female cineasts are practiced at low-level suffering; that perpetual ache as we sit through hour upon hour of celluloid stereotypes, cringing at false representation, raging at the denial of agency, resigning ourselves to a life of ‘looked-at-ness’. For the pred...Leggi Tutto
New research shows improved access to finance increases numbers of women in business. Two new sets of research, one from the Women’s Business Council and one from Social Enterprise UK, have identified access to finance as one of the main barriers to increasing the numbers of women in business. As a
The Church of England synod votes to move ahead with draft law. Reactions were largely negative when the motion that would have made it lawful for women to be consecrated to the office of bishop in the Church of England was defeated in November 2012. The Right Reverend Justin Welby, the then Bishop
“It’s your game too, come and join the team.” The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) and the Football Association (FA) are joining forces to encourage women to turn their passion for football into a career. I know what you’re thinking – another day, another initiative to get
WNN Breaking (WNN) Cairo, EGYPT, NORTHERN AFRICA: According to the EIPR – Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights the Egyptian government has been slow to respond to last weeks violence against the region’s minority Coptic Christians following the removal of former President Morsi and
Rochelle Jones for AWID – WNN Improve It (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In an AWID – Association for Women’s Rights in Development interview Rajaa Altalli, co-founder and Public Relations Director of the CCSDS – Center for Civil Society and Democracy in
Have we reached a tipping point for women’s football?  Women’s football has been reaching new heights of popularity, and the Women’s European Championship will get an unprecedented amount of coverage. Last year’s Olympics saw the first ever sold-out stadium for a women’s match as Team
Saudi Arabia maids to get day off every weekDomestic workers must ‘obey’ their employers and respect Islam in new rules.Riyadh: Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday new rules to protect the rights of foreign domestic workers, most of whom are from South Asia, but stressed they must “respect” Islam and “obey” their employers.Labour Minister
Texas executes John QuintanillaJohn QuintanillaHUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court declined for a second time Tuesday to halt an execution scheduled for a Texas man convicted of fatally shooting a retired sheriff's deputy during a robbery of an amusement center.John Manuel Quintanilla, 36, was executed by lethal
Women not yet full and equal participants in public and political life in Northern Ireland. The submission made by Northern Ireland’s Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) to the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) with regard to the UK’s
Safeeyah Kharsany – Al Jazeera – Tuesday, 16 July 2013 (originally published 14 Jul) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former South African deputy president, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the head of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
New national stalking advocacy service launched last week at the House of Lords. In 2012, the stalking law reform campaign – led by criminal behavioural analyst Laura Richards and a former officer of the National Association of Probation Officers, Harry Fletcher – succeeded in criminalising
Texas executes Vaughn RossVaughn RossHUNTSVILLE, TX -- A former Texas Tech graduate student convicted of a double slaying a dozen years ago has been executed.Vaughn Ross received lethal injection Thursday evening for the January 2001 fatal shootings of an 18-year-old woman with whom he had been feuding and an associate
It smacks so clearly of the desire to control women; what they wear and how they behave. Miss World. Yes, it does still exist. The 62-year old pony show for women which was set up in the early 1950s, at a time when a woman’s place was most certainly in the home, or as a [...]...Leggi Tutto
New report exposes ‘systematic dismantling’ of state institutions, legislation and practices designed to tackle women’s inequality. The Fawcett Society, an organisation which campaigns for women’s equality and rights at home, at work and in public life, has warned the UK government against taking a
On Death Row in PakistanOn the rare occasions that Zulfiqar Ali Khan, 43, is allowed to leave his cell in Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he passes the gallows where he will one day be executed.A manicured path leads up to the whitewashed wooden gallows, and on either side there are neat flowerbeds, according to
Lillian Banda – WNN Features (WNN) Lusaka, ZAMBIA, EASTERN AFRICA: If recent developments are anything to go by, the campaign to end child marriages is steadily gaining momentum in Zambia. Since its launch in April this year with Zambia’s First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba, the campaign
Nation – Wednesday, 17 July 2013 (originally published 16 Jul) JAXSON KHAN  -  On July 12, 2013, youth took over the United Nations. Hundreds came to hear Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani girl who was shot on a school bus last year by the Taliban for standing up for her and other girls’ right
Death penalty for leading Bangladesh IslamistTribunal finds Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islam, guilty of war crimes.A Bangladesh court has sentenced a senior leader of the country's largest Islamic party to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.Ali Ahsan Mohammad
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) North Kivu, DRC, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about a new emergency in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where renewed fighting has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days. Fighting has
The UK needs to review the gender impacts of the welfare reform and public sector cuts. On 17 July the UK government has to present its 7th report on its progress with regard to women’s rights to the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Several
Can CEDAW stop the rollback of women’s rights by the coalition government? On 17 July the UK government will appear before a United Nations committee to discuss the UK’s progress, or lack of progress, on furthering women’s rights. Representatives from the UK’s government will appear before
WNN Breaking (WNN/UNOCHA) Sana’a, YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: The UN has warned that efforts to find a political solution to the insecurity that has plagued Yemen since 2011 could be undermined unless support for humanitarian programmes is quickly and dramatically increased. This warning came as UN
Georgia court blocks Warren Hill execution as state acquires new drugsThe death penalty in Georgia has been thrown into disarray after a court blocked the upcoming execution of Warren Hill and castigated the state for passing a new secrecy law hiding the identity of the pharmacists who have supplied the lethal injection drugs needed to kill him.The ruling leaves the
Maia Blume – Policymic – Thursday, 18 July 2013 (originally published 16 Jul) For the last fifty years, the rights of Tunisian women have been guaranteed by law, thanks to Tunisia’s first president, Habib Bourguiba, in 1956. Not only were women given the right to vote and divorce, but
Very few people have addressed terrorism in terms of the human rights of civilians. A new book by left-wing American feminist writer Meredith Tax argues that the Left in the UK and America is often too ready to embrace right-wing Islam – to the detriment of women and others in the Islamic
Malaysian escapes gallows after Singapore law reformA Malaysian convict has become the first person in Singapore to have a mandatory death sentence for murder commuted after the city-state eased rules on capital punishment, officials said Wednesday.The Attorney-General's Chambers said Fabian Adiu Edwin, 23, a construction worker from the eastern
Jocelyne Cesari – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Boston, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Islam is often perceived as a potential threat to democratisation, and justifications for this view tend to repeat ad nauseam the idea that for Islam, there is no separation between politics and religion
“This is not only about golf – it’s about women’s place in society.” Every two or three years one of Scotland’s notorious cadre of sexist golf clubs hosts the Open championship, diminishing the country’s commitment to equality and fairness. And sportsmen become clearly
Call for an end to police infiltration of protest groups – and defending the right to protest. Anti-racist campaigners, whose organisation was infiltrated by under-cover officers in the 1990s believe a Hillsborough-style panel is the only way to uncover the truth. Last week members of Youth
WNN Science & Health (WNN/SciDev) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: An innovative new research program is being set up to help build evidence for cost-effective health provision in humanitarian crises — an area where there are major data gaps. The program will feature a number of
Engender’s Oral Statement for the UK’s CEDAW review 2013 by the United Nations. The period since the last examination of the UK by the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee has seen a clear and stark diminution of
Welcome to our weekly bulletin of British women’s sports news and results from around the world. Athletics: At the British Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham over the weekend, Perri Shakes-Drayton took her fifth British title in the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.34 seconds
Faiza Elmasry for VOA – WNN Learning! (WNN/VOA) Manassas, Virginia, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Keeping kids occupied each summer while schools are not in session can be a challenge for American families. Many summer activities cost money, but the public library is one place where children and