Women’s Rights

Men Start to Make Women’s Struggles Their Own in Argentina

By Fabiana Frayssinet BUENOS AIRES, Sep 30 2015 (IPS) – The meeting was about gender equality, but for once there were more men than women. It marked a watershed in the struggle in Argentina to make the commitment to equality…

Echoes of the original Mother’s Day Proclamation at home and abroad

By Frida Berrigan, May 8, 2015 for Waging Nonviolence “From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says ‘Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.’” Julia Ward Howe…

Latin America’s Social Policies Have Given Women a Boost

By Fabiana Frayssinet. BUENOS AIRES, May 8 2015 (IPS) – Although they do not specifically target women, social policies like family allowances and pensions have improved the lives of women in Latin America, the region that has made the biggest…

India’s Women Lose the Election

By Manipadma Jena for IPS NEW DELHI, Apr 21 2014 (IPS) – “Men just do not want to give up their seats, it’s as simple as that,” says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view…

First female lawyer’s office opens in Saudi Arabia

Bayan Alzahran has opened the first female lawyer’s office in Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday, two months after she and three other women were granted licenses to practice the profession in the kingdom. “Our activity is…

Towards a Change of Culture Leading to a Gender-Balanced Approach

By Emma Bonino for IPS In this column, Emma Bonino, the Italian minister of foreign affairs, writes about progress made in strengthening women’s rights, and the challenges that still lie ahead. ROME, Dec 23 2013 (Columnist Service) – The past three years have…

International Day(s) for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Orange the World!)

“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I…

Ibero-American Female Judges Meet in Bolivia

La Paz, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) More than a hundred delegates from 11 countries will participate in the XIV Ibero-American Meeting of Female Judges, which will be inaugurated today in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba. The objective of the meeting,…

Afghanistan: Talks with the Taliban must focus on justice and human rights

Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group. The call comes as…

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people. Will his successor be more sympathetic…

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