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    “Donor Base for UN Women Continues to Widen”

    28 Oct 2011

    Lakshmi Puri
    Credit: Courtesy of UN Women

    Sunaina Perera interviews LAKSHMI PURI, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 18, 2011 (IPS) – The donor base for UN Women has expanded to 95 countries since the new United Nations entity was launched at the start of this year, according to Lakshmi Puri, the assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director of UN Women. More »

    ‘Men Have Failed Zambia, Now Is the Time for a Woman’

    28 Oct 2011

    Edith Nawakwi is the only female candidate to run for president in Zambia’s upcoming elections. Credit:Ephraim Nsingo/IPS

    Ephraim Nsingo interviews Zambia’s female presidential candidate EDITH NAWAKWI

    LUSAKA, Aug 10, 2011 (IPS) – In Zambia’s highly patriarchal society Edith Nawakwi, 52, has broken a few records on the political scene over the last two decades. And she broke another one on Sunday by being the only female candidate to file for nomination to run for president in Zambia’s upcoming elections. More »

    Challenge Men To Share Political and Economic Power

    28 Oct 2011

    Bineta Diop (l.) with Asha-Rose Migiro, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Credit: Ryan Brown/UN Photo

    Souleymane Faye interviews BINETA DIOP, founder and executive director of the NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité

    DAKAR, Jul 22, 2011 (IPS) – Bineta Diop, director of the non-governmental organisation Femmes Africa Solidarité, is at the forefront of the fight for better protection of women in conflict zones and their integration in peace processes. More »

    ISRAEL: AN ATTEMPT TO SILENCE PEACE MOVEMENT

    12 Jul 2011

    By Jody Williams and Rachel Giora (*)

    Jody Williams

    Jody Williams

    Rachel Giora

    Rachel Giora

    WASHINGTON AND TEL  AVIV, Jul (IPS)  As the world watches the “Arab Spring” unfold in the Middle East -a reaction against decades of oppression and suppression of civil society- there are disturbing signs that Israel is stealthily moving to dismantle some key civil rights and quiet the voices calling for justice and equality for the Palestinians.

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    HISTORIC VICTORY FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS

    16 Jun 2011

    By Erika Guevara Rosas and Christine Ahn

    Erika Guevara Rosas

    Erika Guevara Rosas

    Christine Ahn

    Christine Ahn

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jun (IPS)  Today millions of women workers from across the globe made history. From June 16, domestic workers secured the passage of the ILO Convention on domestic work for governments to ratify into law.
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    IRAN IMPRISONS HUMAN RIGHTS BEACON NASRIN SOTOUDEH

    09 Mar 2011

    Shirin Ebadi

    Shirin Ebadi

    By Shirin Ebadi (*)

    LONDON, Mar (IPS) Not so long ago, my colleague Nasrin Sotoudeh was the lawyer that so many of us human rights defenders in Iran called when our own government harassed us or put one of us, or a family member, in jail.

    Sadly, it is now Nasrin who is in jail.
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    ITALY HAS A LONG WAY TO GO IN GENDER EQUALITY

    08 Feb 2011

    Emma Bonino

    By Emma Bonino (*)

    ROME, Feb (IPS) Italy is one of the most backward countries in Europe in almost every indicator of gender equality. This is despite the fact that in terms of advanced degrees and qualifications, women surpass men and, in the last 30 years, have reached positions of power in all sectors of the market and proven that a company improves with a woman at the helm. More »

    SUDAN REFERENDUM AND THE FUTURE FOR SUDANESE WOMEN

    30 Jan 2011

    Wangari Maathai

    By Wangari Maathai (*)

     

    NEW YORK, Jan (IPS)  Southern Sudanese are at the polls to decide whether they want to remain part of a united Sudan or to break away and become Africa’s newest country. The referendum is taking place from 9 to 15 January, but official turnout figures are not expected until the beginning of February. The outcome, which is largely expected to result in an independent South, will have an enormous impact in both the South and the North. More »

    THE WORLD NEEDS WOMEN TO MAKE PROGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    02 Dec 2010

    Wangari Maathai

    By Wangari Maathai (*)

     
    NAIROBI, DEC (IPS) A year after much-touted climate change summit in Copenhagen, country negotiators from around the world are together again to work out an international response to climate
    change. While many believe we should lower our expectations for this year’s climate change summit underway in Cancun, this would be a mistake. As global temperatures rise, so do the challenge’s for
    the world’s poorest citizens- women, especially those living in developing countries. More »