• Women

    It Still Exists: Slavery Drags On in Mauritania Despite Being Illegal

    by  • February 15, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania — “The officials here in Mauritania will tell you the opposite of what victims will tell you, which is that there is no slavery in Mauritania,” said Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, who lives in this West African capital and was enslaved during his childhood. “They will just tell you that people who say...

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    Citing Trump Immigration Ban, a Major Group Drops Out of UN’s Annual Women’s Conference

    by  • February 11, 2017 • Middle East, UN Agencies, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    The annual meeting of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York every March, may be in trouble because of uncertainty and fear about the Trump administration’s attempt to ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. One major group has announced it is pulling out, and calls are being heard...

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    Marriage Is Not for Her

    by  • January 30, 2017 • India, Women • 

    BANGALORE — Ask any woman to describe marriage in a few words, and she is most likely to say: romance, respect, understanding, support, care. The reality of this relationship for a sizeable number of women, unfortunately, is marred with violence, deceit, exploitation and other traumas. Yet a woman in India cannot imagine her life...

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    It’s Time to Rally Grass Roots to Fund the UN Population Fund Again

    by  • January 29, 2017 • UN Agencies, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, Women, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Imagine yourself a pregnant woman in Syria making her way on foot to a refugee camp when suddenly you go into labor. The United Nations Population Fund is there to save you and your baby’s life. That is what UNFPA does. I have seen their work on site in Mali and in Senegal. President...

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    Trump’s ‘Gag Rule’ Contradicts UN Policy Helping Women in Distress

    by  • January 24, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Poverty, Refugees, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    Just days after a global outpouring of support for a movement demanding protection for the rights of women and other advances promoted by civil society, Donald Trump has fully turned back the clock. On Jan. 23, with a stroke of his presidential pen, he banned all official American aid to any global organization that...

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    At Swearing-In, António Guterres Pledges Gender Parity at the UN

    by  • December 12, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    António Guterres was sworn in as the ninth United Nations secretary-general on Dec. 12 in a low-key ceremony played out in the General Assembly Hall, featuring moving tributes by ambassadors to the 10 years that Ban Ki-moon has led the UN, a job he hands to Guterres on Jan. 1. Among other remarks, Guterres...

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    Glassed In: Why Women Are Unhappy in the Workplace

    by  • December 6, 2016 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 

    It is not only “glass ceilings” limiting women’s career progress but also “glass floors” and “glass walls” blocking gender equality in the workplace. These hurdles actually limit the entry and mobility of both women and men in predominately gender-defined jobs. If women are to achieve gender equality with men at high levels in the...

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    This Entrepreneur Shows Kenyans That Women Can Prosper in Business

    by  • November 16, 2016 • Africa, Development, Women • 

    Jennifer Riria, the chief executive of Kenya’s largest microfinance institution, grew up in a village at the top of Mount Kenya, the second-tallest mountain in Africa. Her birth was cause for disappointment: the fourth of her parents’ daughters. Her father abused her mother, and she grew up watching women carry firewood, water, food and...

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    Being UN Deputy Secretary-General: Louise Fréchette Recounts Her Experience

    by  • November 12, 2016 • General Assembly, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    Louise Fréchette, a Canadian, was the first United Nations deputy secretary-general. Appointed by Kofi Annan, she took office in March 1998, bringing to the job qualifications that exceeded those of most UN secretaries-general. She had spent a quarter-century in the Canadian foreign service, including as ambassador to several Latin American counties and to the...

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