For five years in a row, Iceland has been rated the country with the world's smallest gender gap by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The rating means Iceland is the country where women enjoy the most equal access to education and healthcare. It is also where women are most likely to be able to participate fully in the country's political and economic life.
Iceland is joined at the top of the The Global Gender Gap Report, 2013 by its Nordic neighbours Finland, Norway and Sweden.
One thing I think is fascinating about this survey is that it reveals that not one of the G20 group of leading industrial nations appear in the top ten. Industrial development is clearly not a good indicator for what is surely the most important measure of genuine development - equality.
For example, Lesotho is a rather poor and 'underdeveloped' country: about 40% live below the International Poverty Line, and it ranks 158th on the Human Development Index (although the excessivly high level of HIV/AIDS may skew the overall figures) - yet it comes in at 16: two places higher than the UK; seven above the USA; and 29 above France.
Bhutan, with it's National Happiness Index, comes in at 93 - so maybe the men are happier than the women.
I was a law student at Nelson Mandela’s alma mater, Wits University in Johannesburg, when he was released in 1990 . . . It was a matchless moment, a night that is crystal clear in my memory: two decades later.
Kigali — "There is a saying that all Rwandans believe in. You can't forgive if you forget, but when you remember, you know what harmed you and you can forgive and move forward," Honore Gatera tells IPS as he walks through the grounds of the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda's capital. The museum was established in 2004, 10 years after the horrific Rwanda genocide. It is estimated that 800,000 minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives in the massacre that began after a plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was shot down over Kigali in 1994.
Official says pair arrested in London set up squat in Brixton in 1976
"A source at Lambeth Council said the couple were believed to have been in the property for about 10 years after moving there from a council property, and concerns had previously been raised with police about the education of the youngest woman."
So, just to clarify, three women were kept in servitude against their will ... in council owned property.
[IWPR]Kenyans who suffered in the bloodshed that followed a disputed election in 2007 have welcomed a decision by the United Nations Security Council to reject a bid to postpone the trials of the country's leaders in The Hague.
Halima* is a jovial Form One girl in who starts by saying "If it were not for Shangia, I do not know where I would be. Life had become unbearable."
Halima was only 13 years old and in Standard 8 when she was married off to a man old enough to be her father, after all her parents did not see the value of educating a girl. The year was 2011. A few months later she was holding a baby in her hands that ushered her to a new stage — motherhood. The responsibility of taking care of a young one weighed her down and she often wondered what she did to deserve such suffering. She envied her friends who had continued with education and had joined secondary school. She desperately wanted to speak to someone who would hear her out but when she looked around no one fit the bill.
Then one day, like a miracle from heaven, three women walked into her matrimonial home and asked about her welfare, at last some saviours had come, she thought. She wasted no time in pouring out her heart telling of the suffering she was going through and how she longed to go back to school.
A fresh report presented before the European Commission has published first-hand testimonies of victims of human trafficking from Eritrea to the Sinai, pointing the finger directly at Eritrean high officials.
The mastermind behind the cross-border smuggling of people and weapons is a shadowy senior commander called General Teklai Kifle aka "Manjus".
(Sydney) – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should retract his November 15, 2013 remarks condoning the use of torture in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Law Centre, Amnesty International Australia, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, and the Castan Centre for Human Rights said today in a letter to the prime minister.
At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Abbott said, “we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.”
[VOA]Addis Ababa -Africa has become a better place for children in recent years, but more investments are needed in health and education to further improve the lives of African children, according to a new study of the African Child Policy Forum.
Frank Schaefer could be defrocked after jury convicted him of disobeying the Methodist Book of Discipline A Pennsylvania minister convicted under United Methodist church law of performing his son's same-sex wedding ceremony could learn on Tuesday if he will be defrocked.
As American states have found it harder to source drugs for lethal injections, they stand accused of using improvised and possibly painful methods - and buying drugs furtively from unregulated pharmacies.
If we have to have executions, then surely, in the 21st century, there is a way to make it efficient and humane.
Given the number of executions carried out in the USA, one would imagine that somebody could have worked out an efficient system - this all sounds like the worst kind of cack-handed amateurism.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said it expects African countries to air their views concerning their relationship with the court in the coming Assembly of State Parties (ASP) conference to be held at The Hague.
Speaking during a conference on Building a Legacy at the Court 600, Memoriam Nuremberg Trials, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart said African countries are important partners as they form the majority of members of the ICC.
Talking will be better than the current sulking and whining from the AU
Michael Hailu, director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), announced at ICT4Ag, a major conference on ICTs in agriculture, that smallholder farming is set to be transformed by a combination of investment and increasing access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly mobile phones.