• Women

    Are Those Fair-Trade Flowers You’re Buying? A Dutch Charity Raises Awareness

    by  • October 26, 2016 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    Flower Tambuzi Kenya HIVOS

    While people buy flowers to celebrate special occasions or to merely liven up their home, most buyers do not think twice about the origins of the flowers or why they are so affordable. Almost all the roses now sold in Europe come from Eastern Africa and most of them are produced — little surprise...

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    Yikes Again! UN Staffers Protest Wonder Woman’s Role at the UN

    by  • October 20, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    Poor Wonder Woman! CREATIVE COMMONS

    Wonder Woman is not so wonderful in the eyes of hundreds of United Nations staff members around the world. Earlier this week, a petition began circulating among personnel to ask their boss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to rescind the choice of the cartoon character, whose main uniform is a bustier and high heels, as an...

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    Yikes! Has the UN Really Named Wonder Woman an Honorary Ambassador?

    by  • October 16, 2016 • Women • 

    Wonder Woman

    The United Nations has appointed two public figures to large roles in the organization. The most recent high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, was tapped this month to be the next secretary-general, ending an eight-month campaign that included — and rejected — seven capable female candidates. The UN also named Wonder Woman as an...

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    No Prosecutions for Female Genital Mutilation in Britain, So What Is the Problem?

    by  • October 3, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 1 Comment


    NOTTINGHAM, England — Female genital mutilation has been illegal in England and Wales since 1985. Scotland has similar but separate legislation. Much more comprehensive laws forbidding the practice were introduced in 2003 and again in 2015, creating additional safeguards and stringent punishments for those practicing FGM, as it is known. Yet no one in...

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    Six Asian Nations Lead in Seriously Skewed Sex Ratios at Birth

    by  • September 28, 2016 • Asia, Health and Population, Women • 

    Celebrating Children's Day at Chaoyang Project Hope School in Beijing. ALAN YE/CREATIVE COMMONS

    An unprecedented imbalance in sex ratios of more boys than girls being born is seriously underway in six Asian countries. As the imbalances spread across reproductive and marriageable age groups, the well-being of those Asian nations, which together represent nearly two-fifths of the world’s population, is threatened. The unusually high sex ratios at birth...

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    Guterres Leads Latest Poll for UN Secretary-General Again, but It May Not Matter

    by  • September 9, 2016 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    At the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, recently, some discussions on the sidelines seem to have focused on the next UN secretary-general candidates. XINHUA/PANG XINLEI

    The latest Security Council straw poll pointing to the selection of the next secretary-general of the United Nations happened on Sept. 9, with the results leaving António Guterres of Portugal still the front-runner ever since the informal, anonymous balloting began in the Security Council in July. The latest poll is the fourth such vote;...

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    The Hidden Shame of Sectarianism in Scotland and How It Affects Women

    by  • August 31, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    The Tartan Army,

    On the international stage, Scotland’s feminist credentials appear groundbreaking. All main political parties in Scotland are led by women, including the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, from the Scottish National Party. Women’s rights have been named a priority, and gender equality has been high on the political agenda, with Sturgeon and her party pledging their...

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    Harassed at the Rio Olympics or Elsewhere in Brazil? Call 180

    by  • August 9, 2016 • Cities, Gender-Based Violence, Women • 


    RIO DE JANEIRO — Throughout Brazil, it’s not uncommon to come across posters, billboards and advertisements on buses and in subways showing women and men holding cellphones and this message: “Violência contra as mulheres? Eu logo 180: Violence against women? I’ll call 180.” These notices have been up since the country hosted the 2014...

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    In Hanoi, Families Finance Vietnam’s Entrepreneurial Women

    by  • August 1, 2016 • Asia, Development, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, Women • 

    Do Thi Khuy, center, the domestic worker; Phan Thanh Ho, right; and Thuy Pram, a Vietnamese writer.

    HANOI — Michaela Walsh, a founder and the first president and chief executive of Women’s World Banking, and Lilia Clemente, the founder of Clemente Capital, an early investor in developing nations, went to Vietnam in early June to meet women and observe how they fared with their street carts, market stalls and shops under...

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