Girls Fight Back Against Child Marriage

Courtesy of IPS News
November 12, 2013

Shirin Aktar, a young girl who resisted child marriage, poses with her mother outside their home in northern Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPS RANGPUR, Bangladesh, Jul 5 2013 (IPS) - Shirin Aktar was just 13 years old when her parents decided it was time for her to get married. The eldest girl in a... Read more »

A Call for Aid, Not Laws, to Help Women in Italy

Source: Nadia Shira Cohen | International Herald Tribune
August 20, 2013

Responding to the persistent problem of violence against women, Prime Minister Enrico Letta this month announced “very harsh, very tough” measures to counter domestic abuse and what he called “femicide,” the killing of women because they are women, often at the hands of current or former husbands... Read more »

Obama Condemns Violence Against Egyptian Civilians

Courtesy of The Associated Press
August 15, 2013

President Barack Obama spoke out on the crisis in Egypt on Thursday, saying he’s “concerned” by recent events. “The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” Obama said. “We deplore violence... Read more »

Renewable energy lamps encourages safety for pregnant women in northeast Kenya

By Contributing Writer Abjata Khalif , WNN.com
August 15, 2013

(WNN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Sankuri village in the eastern Kenya region near the Indian Ocean is 300 kilometres (186 miles) from the nearest larger capital town of the province in Garissa. Known as a remote area that has poor phone communications with roads that are considered too rough... Read more »

Female Journalists Face Bomb Threats On Twitter

Courtesy of Huff Post.com
August 1, 2013

Multiple female journalists faced bomb threats on Twitter on Wednesday, which has led to a police investigation into the matter. The Guardian reported that its columnist Hadley Freeman was among the women threatened. The Independent’s Grace Dent was also targeted. Dent took a screenshot of the... Read more »

Pope Charts New Ground On Gay Priests And Women

By Susan Adams, Forbes.com Staffer
July 30, 2013

Pope Francis said today that he will not judge gay priests based on their sexual orientation. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” said the 76-year-old Argentinian pontiff, speaking in Italian during a hastily-arranged 80-minute news conference on... Read more »

A Jewish Pathbreaker Inspired by Her Countryman Mandela

By Samuel G. Freedman, N.Y. Times Staffer
July 29, 2013

Sara Hurwitz, the dean of Yeshivat Maharat, right, congratulates inaugural graduates Ruth Balinsky, left, and Rachel Kohl Finegold at a ceremony in June. On the Sunday in mid-June when a yeshiva in Manhattan ordained three women as Orthodox Jewish religious leaders, Nelson Mandela lay in a Pretoria... Read more »

Afghan women educated through cellphones

November 25, 2012

Afghan women sit in a class and study using mobile phones in Kabul—AFP Photo KABUL: Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone. The phone is called Ustad Mobile (Mobile... Read more »

Women and Agriculture: Empowering Women to Feed Our Future

Adi Elbaz
May 10, 2012

It is a well-established fact that empowering women leads to a stronger local and global economy. According to usaid.gov, there is a 10 percent increase in crop yields when women have the same amount of land as men. The benefits of female agricultural empowerment span generations; more crops means less... Read more »

Maternal Mortality in the Black Community

Adi Elbaz
April 8, 2012

The United Statesmay be a global superpower, but we are failing miserably when it comes to maternal mortality. The current maternal mortality rate in the United States is five times what it “should” be; according to a 2010 United Nations report, we are ranked 50th  in the world for maternal mortality,... Read more »

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