Browsing All Posts filed under »Women Empowerment«

‘Women of the Wall’ movement fights Israeli gender bias

May 4, 2012


ANN RODGERS – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Posted: May 02, 2012 Anat Hoffman was arrested in Israel for going to the Western Wall to do what would be regarded as a holy act in her synagogue: donning a prayer shawl and reading from the Torah. — She leads the Women of the Wall movement to allow […]

What Disrespect Looks Like to Women

May 3, 2012


Posted: 05/ 1/2012Linda Durnell Behavior that denigrates women is prevalent throughout the world. Women are wives, co-workers, sisters, mothers, friends, daughters and over half of the population, and most of these women will be disrespected for simply being a woman. When women’s issues are regarded as secondary to those of men’s — as illustrated by […]

The Word on Women – Forced sterilization and the Millennium Development Goals

April 27, 2012


By Widney Brown | Yesterday at 4:53 PM | Comments ( 1 ) Two reports by the BCC this month raise the spectre that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which include reducing maternal mortality and ensuring environmental sustainability may actually be undermining women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The BBC has reported on the UK […]

Missoula "SlutWalk" empowers victims of sexual violence

April 15, 2012


Posted: Apr 14, 2012 10:20 PM by Alex Schwier (KPAX News) Updated: Apr 14, 2012 11:19 PM Missoula “SlutWalk” empowers victims of sexual violence MISSOULA- High heels and short skirts made a huge statement in Missoula Saturday. Many Missoulians stood tall in the solidarity of supporting victims of sexual assault. The weather warms to summer […]

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: Women, Space, and Resistance

April 13, 2012


by TRACY E. ORESaint Cloud State UniversityGender & Society 2011 25: 689 In her book Remedios: Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of Puertorriqueñas, Levins Morales (1998) reflects on how tostones became a central part of Puerto Rican cuisine. She imagines how enslaved women, given nothing to eat by slave masters but plantains, used […]

Heroine With a Thousand Faces: The Rise of the Female Savior

April 9, 2012


Male hero figures abound in our culture. But lately, they just don’t seem to be getting the job done. Photo Credit: shutterstock By Lynn Parramore, AlterNet Posted on April 8, 2012, Printed on April 9, 2012 Hard times were made for heroes. In the face of oppression, it’s natural to want a savior – […]

Girls’ and women’s education: UNESCO’s barefoot partner

April 6, 2012


The Barefoot College, in Tilonia, India, which has trained 300 African grandmothers as solar engineers and thus electrified over 1000 villages, has become the first civil society partner to join UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Barefoot College has been described as the only school in the world open only to people […]

Where Men Now Fear to Tread

April 4, 2012


By Hannah Rubenstein No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya. Credit:Hannah Rubenstein/IPS UMOJA, Kenya, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya; one has not for two decades. It is a village only of and […]

Rural women’s empowerment: A long road ahead

March 30, 2012


Published: 27/03/2012 © FAO/G. Napolitano Advancing rural women’s economic empowerment and access to decent rural employment, supporting associations in giving them a stronger voice in decision-making, and fostering their better access to land are three priority areas in enabling rural women to realize their full potential for food and nutrition security. The UN Inter-Agency Task […]

The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the World

March 8, 2012


Mar 7 2012 An appreciation of how far women have come in the world economy — and how far they still have to go, even in the U.S. Reuters Growth is complicated. But there are a few easy rules. One such decree is that you cannot expect to have a fully functioning economy if you […]

Donor policies fail to bring real and sustained change for women

March 5, 2012


For all their talk of empowerment, initiatives by development agencies and donors fail to tackle power imbalances, and do not allow women to realise their own hopes and dreams Posted by Andrea Cornwall Monday 5 March 2012 Women vote in Iran’s parliamentary elections at a mosque in southern Tehran. Photograph: Raheb Homavandi/Reuters The empowerment of […]

How Gender Values Point the Way for a More Effective U.N.

February 21, 2012


By Alisa Clarke* Mexican women say “We are not spoils of war”. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS NEW YORK, Feb 20, 2012 (IPS) – A growing list of U.N. Security Council Resolutions acknowledges the importance of gender in processes for peace. Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960 note that women continue to be marginalised in peace negotiations […]

Gender and conflict in Iraq

February 16, 2012


By Mehrunisa Qayyum, February 15, 2012 “Violence emanates from the man, so we have to have projects that make him aware of this circumstance,” said Zainab Sadeq Jaffer, an Iraqi human rights attorney who presented at the US Institute for Peace Conference entitled “Women Fighting for Peace”. Others may argue that violence is not a […]