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Egypt women wage war against ‘sexual terrorism

Egypt women wage war against ‘sexual terrorism

Faced with a spike in sexual violence against female protesters, Egyptian women are overcoming stigma and recounting painful testimonies to force silent authorities and a reticent society to confront ‘sexual terrorism.’ The victims of the attacks have been talking openly about their ordeals, insisting they will not be intimidated by a campaign they believe is […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
UN demands action to end violence against women

UN demands action to end violence against women

The head of the UN women’s agency said Monday it’s unacceptable that an average of 40 percent of women globally are likely to be beaten, raped, abused or mutilated in their lifetimes and demanded action to end the violence. Speaking at the opening of a two-week meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
Nepal’s women climbers break highest glass ceiling

Nepal’s women climbers break highest glass ceiling

KATMANDU, Nepal — It’s the world’s highest glass ceiling. Of the 3,755 climbers who have scaled Mount Everest, more than half are Nepalese but only 21 of those locals are women. Aiming to change the all-male image of mountaineering in their country, a group of Nepalese women have embarked on a mission to shatter that […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
Indigenous women’s assemblies tackling cases of violence and rights violations

Indigenous women’s assemblies tackling cases of violence and rights violations

“There’s a lot of violence here and, before, we weren’t empowered to defend ourselves,” explains Priscila Maciel Duarte Lopes, a 51 year-old indigenous Brazilian Guarani-Kaiowa community leader. “Now we know that the most important thing is to help each other, because we don’t get help from outside. [But] if we are united, we can ask […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
UN Women supported survey in Delhi shows 95 per cent of women and girls feel unsafe in public spaces

UN Women supported survey in Delhi shows 95 per cent of women and girls feel unsafe in public spaces

“I have started carrying pepper spray to protect myself. My parents have become more protective, they want to know where I’m going, when I’ll be back and with whom I’m hanging out,” says Srishti, a 20-year-old Delhi student who feels unsafe when she steps out of her house. Her fears reflect the broader and growing […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
Calling out: companies join efforts to end violence and empower women

Calling out: companies join efforts to end violence and empower women

Naila Chowdhury worked for 17 years for Grameen, 10 of them with Grameenphone, the largest Mobile Phone Operator in Bangladesh. In 1997, she was the only woman amongst the 16 directors on the company board. Restless and entrepreneurial, she decided to go independent and founded TeleConsult Group. In her business plan, she included a component […]

March 2, 2013 | By More
India to set up ‘women’s bank’

India to set up ‘women’s bank’

India’s government said on Thursday it would set up a new public sector bank for women as part of efforts to address gender imbalances in a country. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said 10 billion rupees ($186 million) had been set aside to capitalise the new bank that is to focus on lending to women and […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
Talks under way to set up “Arab Court for Human Rights”

Talks under way to set up “Arab Court for Human Rights”

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, discussed in Manama last night, the King’s initiative on establishing “Arab Court for Human Rights”. King Hamad praised the Arab League’s interest to adopt the initiative that seeks to support human rights, and dignity, affirming the […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Gargash to address Human Rights Council next Thursday

Gargash to address Human Rights Council next Thursday

The Human Rights Council today opened its regular twenty-second session and started its high-level segment. The Council held a high-level panel discussion to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). The VDPA is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century. It […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
TOWARD EQUALITY AS A NORM

TOWARD EQUALITY AS A NORM

“The key message of the study is that by empowering women to claim their rights, women are better equipped to bring about change in their communities,” Shirin Ebadi, a human rights lawyer and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, said in her foreword to the report. “The present study highlights the critical role legal empowerment […]

February 24, 2013 | By More