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Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

2020 NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). If current levels of child marriages hold, 14.2 million girls annually or 39,000 daily will marry too young. Furthermore, of the 140 million girls who will marry before […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
The women’s day special

The women’s day special

Observation of International Women’s Day has become a routine like eating breakfast. How many of us even know that it was women who invented the technologies that make the so-called indispensable things in our life – computer, mobile/cell phone and wireless gadgets. When Steve Jobs died, the world mourned. When Jean Bartik died the same […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Vatican brings flowers amid debate on women’s role

Vatican brings flowers amid debate on women’s role

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s spokesman came to his press briefing Friday bearing flowers for female journalists to mark International Women’s Day. “On behalf of all of us men, congratulations and happy Women’s Day!” said a beaming Rev. Federico Lombardi. A heartfelt gesture, to be sure, but one that came a day after an […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Indian gang-rape victim shares US courage awards

Indian gang-rape victim shares US courage awards

Washington: The Indian gang-rape victim whose brutal death shocked the nation and the world was among nine women honored by the United States on Friday for their courage. The young student, who has become known simply as “Nirbhaya” or “fearless,” was awarded the US International Women of Courage award posthumously after she died of massive […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Women’s day Special, Women advancing in their careers

Women’s day Special, Women advancing in their careers

Women have certainly moved up the ranks but pay disparity still exists As women all around the world celebrated their strengths and achievements on Friday, the question on many people’s minds is whether the battle for equality of the sexes has been won. There’s no doubt men are still dominating the corporate world by numbers, […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Half of girls in South Sudan forced to marry

Half of girls in South Sudan forced to marry

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The 17-year-old beaten to death for refusing to marry a man old enough to be her grandfather. The teen dragged by her family to be raped to force her into marrying an elderly man. They are among 39,000 girls forced into marriage every day around the world, sold like cattle […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
India’s “Ring the bell” is global call to stop wife-beating

India’s “Ring the bell” is global call to stop wife-beating

A middle-aged man cleaning his motorcycle in a quiet Indian neighbourhood is distracted when he hears the repeated cries of a woman being beaten by her husband in a first floor apartment nearby. Unsettled, he walks into the building, climbs the stairs and nervously rings the doorbell of the apartment the cries are coming from. […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Women abducted, gang-raped near Delhi

Women abducted, gang-raped near Delhi

Two women have been kidnapped and gang-raped near Delhi, police told AFP on Thursday, in two separate incidents that highlighted the persistent risk of sexual assault in India. In one case, three men abducted and attacked a 19-year-old woman, who hailed an auto rickshaw carrying two male passengers near a popular shopping centre in Delhi’s […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Gang-rape victim in Dubai bares all

Gang-rape victim in Dubai bares all

7 March 2013 A British woman who was kidnapped and gang-raped by three Iranian men in Dubai has come forward to talk about the brutal attack. In an interview to XPRESS a week after the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced two of the accused to ten years in prison (the third one is missing) […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
The Istanbul Convention: strengthening the response to ending violence against women

The Istanbul Convention: strengthening the response to ending violence against women

During a side event at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) on 4 March, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri praised the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) as a “gold standard” and welcomed […]

March 6, 2013 | By More