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Ruth Colian-Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Israel's first ever ultra-Orthodox women’s party makes bold debut
The first-ever Israeli political party dedicated to ultra-Orthodox women, was unveiled Monday. Heading the party, called “B’Zhutan: Haredi Women Making Change” is Ruth Colian, 33, a veteran social activist and feminist who declared that this was a “...
Helen Clark
Sunday, November 23, 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25th 2014
Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark  Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every...
Tahere Si’isi’ialafia’s
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
It’s important for youth to be involved at the high level – Tahere Si’isi’ialafia, Samoa
Photo: UN Women/Ellie van Baaren At 24, Tahere Si’isi’ialafia’s Baha’i of Samoa is a board member of the Pacific Youth Council and has represented the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at several high-level international meetings, including the...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Is India on the cusp of a gender revolution?
In late March, Raveela Gangula rallied a dozen women to stop a drunken man from savagely beating his wife in Muthangi, a village in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Although they restrained him and called the police, he was released that...
Monday, April 21, 2014
IPU deeply concerned by attack on another Afghan woman MP
IPU is deeply concerned by the shooting of Afghan MP Mariam Koofi, the latest in a string of attacks on parliamentarians in Afghanistan, particularly women legislators. Koofi, the sister of fellow MP and human rights activist Fawzia Koofi, was...
Saturday, April 12, 2014
India election 2014: The woman calling for Narendra Modi to take responsibility for mass murder
Minutes before he was hacked to death by a Hindu mob, veteran Muslim politician Ehsan Jafri reached for his phone and dialled one last number. For the dozens of neighbours also cowering in his home, it seemed like their only chance. At the...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
India, the message is clear: women want a say in politics
In 1952, a decade after the Indian independence activist Aruna Asaf Ali hoisted the flag of the Indian National Congress at the Gowalia Tank maidan, India held its first general elections. Women had come out in massive numbers to take part in the...
Monday, April 07, 2014
In Arunachal, women contest only on six Assembly seats, India
The women form the majority of the electorate in Arunachal Pradesh but when it comes to contesting elections the numbers are at the odds with their population, with only 6 of them joining the fray for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls and Assembly...
Sunday, March 30, 2014
If not Hillary Clinton, then Sarah Palin for 2016, poll shows
When it comes to women in the White House, Sarah Palin takes the cake in Americans’ eyes, a new poll found. The Economist/YouGov poll asked participants which female candidate — other than Hillary Clinton — they’d like to see run for the high office...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Impossible under the Taliban, there are now 69 female MPs in parliament
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, women rarely left their homes. When they did venture beyond their four walls, they wafted through crowded markets covered from head to toe in all-encompassing burqas. While most women in conservative...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Indonesian Women Marginalized at the Polls Too
“Men are from Mars and women are from Venus” may have been the title of a best-selling book, but it also emphasizes how women have always been depicted differently to men. It also happens in politics. Physical and psychological differences aside,...
Sunday, March 23, 2014
ICTs and Women's and Girls' Empowerment
Recent advances made in technology have tremendously changed the way information is being shared in today's societies. However, adapting these advances in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the benefit of women's and girls...
Monday, January 13, 2014
India, U.S. to move WHO resolution on addressing violence against women
It urges member-states to address the issue in national health plans and reinforce legal framework India and the United States will jointly move a resolution to address violence, particularly against women and girls, at the Executive Board meeting...
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Indian women continue to fight for respect: A place at the high table
As the world celebrates 100 years of women suffrage, Indian women continue to fight for things that matter. 2013 was a turning point for women in India as the brutal gang rape of Nirbhaya and the huge protests in the aftermath placed the issue of...
Monday, December 16, 2013
In pictures: Women world leaders
Have a look at some of the world's female leaders! published December 16, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
In Chile, women politicians rise, but women's rights lag
“In Chile, the skirt’s in charge,” blared the headline of Santiago tabloid La Cuarta the day after Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei advanced to a second round in the country’s presidential race. Voters today will pick between the two life-long...
Sunday, December 08, 2013
In Paraguay, a visual tribute to the CEDAW Committee
“Todas las Mujeres has shown me once again the importance of exercising my powers of observation. To observe is to observe ourselves. In seeing those women, I saw myself. Making Todas las Mujeres for me meant reconnecting with my world. It was a...
Monday, November 11, 2013
India’s Politicians Ignore Women Voters in Election Campaigns
On the eve of Diwali, I was walking around the inner circle of Connaught Place, a well-known shopping center in Delhi, with a journalist friend. The business arcade teemed with people. Suddenly loud, belligerent voices tore through the festive air....