"Just last week, Human Rights Watch released a detailed report on the campaign of rape being waged in Iraq by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and called for much-needed medical and psychological help for the survivors. The organization interviewed 20 women and girls in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk earlier this year who escaped captivity by the militant group, and also spoke to medical workers who are doing their best to help the survivors."
"The Women in Politics 2015 Map launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that although the numbers of women in executive government and in parliament continue to inch forward, the slow rate of progress will severely check global development plans due to be adopted later this year."
"Santiago — “It’s time to step it up for gender equality. We have waited long enough!” With this call to action, global women leaders gathered at the high-level event on “Women in power and decision-making: Building a different world,” held in Santiago, Chile, on 27–28 February 2015. They urged governments and the private sector to take stronger measures to close the gap of inequalities in order to achieve the goals established 20 years ago during the Fourth World Conference on Women that resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action."
Where in the world can a man abduct a woman, marry her, and immediately become impossible to prosecute? That would be Lebanon and Malta. Where can’t a married woman get divorced without her husband’s permission? Try Israel. In Russia, women are still forbidden from “hard, dangerous and/or unhealthy trades.
Andrea Khalil, editor, Gender, Women, and the Arab Spring. London and New York: Routledge, 2015. [Editors’ Note: This book was originally published as a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies 19.2 (2014). To mark the publication of this special issue as a book, we are reprinting a NEWTON piece written by the editor, Andrea Khalil, in May 2014.]
"The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has launched its 2015 Women Make the News initiative to promote gender equality in the global media.
Women Make the News is an initiative developed by UNESCO as part of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender, created out of the recognition that persistent gender inequality, both in terms of sources quoted in the news and of journalists delivering the news, is damaging to the overall push towards gender equality."
Women are the greatest victims of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the extent of the violence being inflicted upon them can no longer be ignored, an international panel of human rights campaigners has said.
Kids on Gender is a child-led analysis of gender performance. We listened to 13 children reveal their ideas of what gender is, what they think about it, and whether they believe in it. The kids use group discussion, art, and performance to both explore the gender roles society has given them, and ultimately reject them.
The EU funded project ICT-go-girls published a new Handbook for schools: “Promoting Entrepreneurship through ICT for Girls”. It is a practical 40 pages manual for schools, teachers, educational administrations, which summarizes the project’s findings and recommendations fro motivating girls to work and lead in the ICT field, by starting inspiring measures early in secondary school. The handbook is available in 5 languages and PDF format.
"Stop by a women’s shelter in Syria today, and the inhabitants will tell you just how bleak the future looks. After more than four years of civil war, the pervasive sexual assault that has become a blight on the country, regardless of allegiance, shows no sign of abating."
The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence tries to determine why, in the 64 countries and economies covered, 15-year-old boys are more likely than girls, on average, to be overall low achievers, and why high-performing 15-year-old girls underachieve in mathematics, science and problem solving compared to high-achieving boys.
"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan scolded feminists on Tuesday for taking issue with a statement he made regarding Allah and women's role after protests erupted over the murder of a 20-year-old university student, saying feminists have no link with religion and that they are trying to distort the meaning of remarks from the Prophet Muhammad."
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