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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Adds female officers to swelling army
Afghanistan’s army got its first female officers in decades last week when 29 women graduated in a class of new recruits who hope to help take the lead role in national security from foreign forces by 2014. The women will not be sent to the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Azerbaijani official: Victory of 19 women in parliamentary elections is good result
Azerbaijani State Family, Women and Children Affairs Committee Chairperson Hijran Huseynova said the fact that women received more votes in the 2010 parliamentary elections than in previous years demonstrates the success of Azerbaijan's policy...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Massouda Jalal - A Pioneer of Women's Empowerment
In 2004, Massouda Jalal created history in Afghanistan as the first woman to contest for the post of President as an independent candidate. She lost the election against Hamid Karzai, the current President of Afghanistan, but that has not...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Africa: Women's involvement in African politics vital to protecting their rights
Female representation in government and legislative bodies in sub-Saharan Africa is growing but more women must take political leadership roles in their countries to ensure that laws and conventions protecting their rights are implemented,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab Women See Protests Creating Opportunity for Equal Rights
Azza Kamel, a women’s rights advocate in Egypt, said the popular uprisings in her country and its neighbors are creating new opportunities for women.  “There was no difference between women who were veiled or not veiled,” Kamel said at the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab States: Is revolution in Mid-East bad for women's rights?
Egyptians gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, in a victory celebration, after their revolution unseated president Hosni Mubarak. Tunisians have also been sampling new freedoms of speech and press. But even as the exultation lingers, women in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: The fight for women's rights in the Middle East
Jane Martinson reports from the Women in the World summit, where campaigners are drawing attention to the internet as a tool to aid women in the Middle East. To read the full article, please visit The Guardian.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan: Afghan women remain wary of politics - and rightly so
Afghan women, the reluctant cause celebre of post-9/11 international politics, marked this year's International Women's Day in an atmosphere of uncertainty. There is international pressure to negotiate with the Taliban and to altogether...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Afghanistan & Bangladesh: Gains, Setbacks for Women's Equality in Afghanistan, Bangladesh
This week marked the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In two South Asian countries, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, women seeking equality have seen some surprising gains despite ongoing setbacks. VOA's Sarah Williams spoke with...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Australia: Marriage equality un-Australian: Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has declared that marriage rights for same-sex couples are imcompatible with Australian culture and heritage one day after hundreds demanded their rights in Sydney and Brisbane. When asked if she was expressing a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: Muslim women remake their image
When the stories and images of these thousands of diverse and complex Muslim women hit the airwaves, they not only shattered stereotypes, they also revealed the fallacy of focusing solely on the veil. These discussions have been counter-...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: Gender equality during revolutions must live on
While representing a month of liberation for many in the Middle East, March was revolutionary for the area in more than one way. At the culmination of Women’s History Month, I would like to take note of some very famous women as of late: the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia: 46.6% of survey respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated
Public opinion polls show 46.6% of respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated, while 41.1% disagree with this opinion, said head of Caucasus Research Center while presenting a “Survey on Gender Dimension of Civic and Political...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia: 46.6% of respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated
Public opinion polls show 46.6% of respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated, while 41.1% disagree with this opinion, said head of Caucasus Research Center. Presenting a “Survey on Gender Dimension of Civic and Political...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Armenia: Female leaders start а short-term sitting protest
A group of women intelligentsia has initiated a daily silent sit-in at Yerevan’s central Liberty Square, which according to its organizers, is the logical continuation of Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian’s 15-day hunger strike staged...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: Arab sisterhood
The Turkish media are not keen on highlighting women’s issues, and when it comes to the Arab spring, it follows the same policy and neglects women most of the time. The Turkish media generally are unable to understand and reflect developments in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Asia: South Asian Women Caught Between Tradition and Modernity
Part of an ongoing series about women and the challenges they face across the world. South Asian women lag behind men in literacy, workforce participation, reproductive rights and most other areas. Yet the region’s array of female leaders put...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Arab states: The rising voices of Arab women - from social activism to eco-feminism
From hunger fasts in Bahrain, to women’s only marches in Yemen, to Asmaa Mahfouz (known as “a woman worth 100 men”), whose anti-Mubarak video helped trigger the revolution against autocratic rule, to the defiant Iman Al-Obeidi in Libya, women...

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