• gender inequality

    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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    The Right to Abortion and to Education: Legal Safety Nets for Girls Caught Up in War

    by  • October 10, 2016 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Rape is prevalent in many armed conflicts around the world today. Government security forces, nonstate militias and violent extremists use rape as a weapon of war. Women and girls are disproportionately targeted for such attacks and many endure the foreseeable biological consequence of rape: pregnancy. Rape of women and girls affects their legal rights...

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    Six Asian Nations Lead in Seriously Skewed Sex Ratios at Birth

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

    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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    UN’s Newest Vote to Pick the Next Secretary-General? Guterres Wins Again

    by  • September 26, 2016 • Secretary-General • 

    António Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal who most recently was the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, once more dominated the latest straw poll held by the UN Security Council on selecting the next secretary-general. The five-year term starts Jan. 1, 2017, when Ban Ki-moon, a Korean, leaves office. The fifth poll,...

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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 Iraqi Kurdistan, It’s a Life of Harsh Contrasts for Women and Girls

    by  • July 9, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Terrorism, Women • 

    ERBIL, Iraq — Despite the war crimes being committed against women and girls in northern Iraq since the extremist group ISIS invaded two years ago, rejection of entrenched violence and discrimination against females may be taking root among pockets of the autonomous Kurdish region here. Yet in many ways, life for women and girls...

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    Fleeing Violence, Syrian Women Try to Cope in Turkey and Lebanon

    by  • April 6, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Refugees, Syria, Women • 1 Comment

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Amima and Fatima Jebari are Syrian sisters who fled last year to the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, after the Free Syrian Army entered their village in the north, they said, and violence ensued between the rebel group and the government forces of Bashar al-Assad in the...

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    In London, a New Academic Center Focuses on Sexual Violence in Conflict

    by  • March 8, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Women • 

    LONDON — The Center for Women, Peace and Security, based at the London School of Economics in Britain, is a year old. The first of its kind in Europe, the center aims to shed light on the prevalence of violence against women during conflict through academic research and forums. The concept of the center...

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    Argentina Has a Problem: Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls

    by  • January 24, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women • 1 Comment

    BUENOS AIRES — Like many countries, Argentina is considered a source, transit and destination nation for the trafficking of men, women and girls, according to the United States State Department. Female victims and children are brought to the country from across South America — Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru — as well as from...

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    A New Commission to Focus on Women’s Rights Gaps in the Global Goals

    by  • January 11, 2016 • Health and Population, LGBT, Women • 

    A respected medical journal and a leading American population research and policy organization have teamed up to create a commission to fill gaps and turn vague promises in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into real gains for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The initiative, sponsored by the London-based journal The Lancet...

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    The Butterflies of Buenaventura, Saving Women’s Lives

    by  • November 27, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Latin America, Women • 

    BUENAVENTURA, Colombia — Described as Colombia’s horror capital, this costal city is a denizen of drug trafficking, gang violence and turf wars primarily between right-wing paramilitary networks and leftist rebels. Soldiers patrol the streets as part of the government’s attempt to crack down on the dangers, while abductions and sexual violence remain rampant as...

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    The Drug War: A Dangerous Trap for Poor Children and Their Families, a New Report Says

    by  • November 20, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Trafficking, Latin America, Poverty, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 1 Comment

    In time for Universal Children’s Day, a new report shows how the war on drugs hurts children’s health, puts them into the line of fire amid drug-gang violence and leads them into the netherworld of human trafficking and enslavement. The drug war also destroys families when parents are unnecessarily imprisoned for drug crimes, among...

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    The Heart of Pope Francis’s Speech at the UN: Don’t Look Past the Poor

    by  • September 25, 2015 • Development, General Assembly, Poverty, Secretary-General, Women • 2 Comments

    Pope Francis spread his gospel of not forgetting the poor at the United Nations on Friday morning, where he spoke in his native Spanish to the 193 member delegations and heads of state gathered before him at the General Assembly Hall. It was his first appearance at the UN during his first trip to...

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    The Legal Push to End Genital Cutting of Girls in the US and Abroad Progresses

    by  • August 11, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 2 Comments

    Almost 20 years have passed since the genital mutilation of girls has been outlawed in the United States, but the traditional practice has continued to grow ever faster in recent years with increased immigration from parts of Africa where it is most common. It is estimated that more than 500,000 girls and women in...

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    Starting From Scratch as a Non-Western Immigrant in Canada

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Health and Population, Migration, Refugees, Women • 

    WINNIPEG, Canada — Every new immigrant to Canada has to live through the three stages of acculturation, which for most people is not easy. First comes the thrill and joy of exploring a new land, then feelings of marginalization and hostility toward the host country and, finally, acceptance. The numbers of non-European immigrant women...

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    An Independent Report on Sexual Abuse Cases by UN Peacekeepers Surfaces

    by  • March 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, Women • 1 Comment

    A report commissioned by the United Nations but never made public — which studied sexual exploitation and abuse committed by UN peacekeepers — has been released online by AIDS-Free World, a nonprofit organization founded by two former UN officials, Stephen Lewis and Paula Donovan. The report, written by an independent three-person team, was based...

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    The Noose Tightens on Money Flows to Jihadists in Iraq and Syria

    by  • February 12, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Middle East, Security Council • 

    The Russian-sponsored resolution to fight more precisely the financing of the Islamic jihadists who control swaths of Iraq and Syria passed unanimously in the United Nations Security Council recently, expressing the entire council’s dread, at least for now, of the two main protagonists terrorizing the region — Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Nusra Front....

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