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New US law gives women a crucial role to play in mitigating conflicts

Conflicts rage across the world from Afghanistan to Ukraine to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, exacting devastating human tolls of death, …

United States

Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Launches Liberia-2017 Women Situation Room

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the Women Situation Room (WSR) in Liberia with thanks and appreciation to all Liberians …

Disease

Kashmir 'mass rape' survivors fight for justice

<b>More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports.</b><p>It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian …

Pakistan

Liberia’s Women Warn Male Presidential Candidates: Keep the Peace

MONROVIA, Liberia — On the eve of a presidential election that will almost certainly return male rule to Liberia after 12 years, women delivered a warning.<p>By the hundreds they came on Monday, streaming through the mud and gathering on a grassy field in the Airfield Junction neighborhood, across the …

Liberia

Rape is an instrument of war in Central African Republic conflict, finds study

Survivor testimony points to widespread use of sexual slavery and violence by warring factions, with women affected unable to access healthcare or support<p>Rape and sexual slavery have been used as weapons of war across Central Africa Republic, with armed groups carrying out brutal attacks with …

Africa

Attacks on Tunisia’s transitional justice process threaten women’s advancement

Continued attacks on the transitional justice process in Tunisia will weaken the gains made by women, and prevent an inclusive transition to …

Rights & Freedoms

Pope Francis appeals for reconciliation in war-scarred Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia — Pope Francis on Thursday pressed a message of reconciliation as he began a five-day trip through Colombia, a country scarred by more than 50 years of internecine conflict and struggling to implement a fresh accord with Marxist rebels.<p>In his Chevrolet popemobile Thursday …

Latin America

Lucia Topolansky is Uruguay's first female vice president

<b>Lucia Topolansky, senator and wife of ex-President Jose Mujica, has become Uruguay's first female vice-president.</b><p>Ms Topolansky took over after the resignation of Jose Sendic amid corruption allegations.<p>A former left-wing guerrilla like her husband, she escaped prison, spent 13 years in jail, and …

Latin America

How cooperatives help ensure Indonesian women don't get left behind

July 1 is the International Day of the Cooperative, recognized by the United Nations. This year’s theme is inclusion.<p>Women working in Indonesia’s …

Cooperatives

Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development …

Refugees

Taking Women, Peace and Security to the Next Level in Africa - IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

By UN Women<p>UNITED NATIONS (IDN-INPS) - African advocates, pioneers, and thought leaders of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, together with the …

Africa

Anger in Singapore as first female president is elected without a vote

Halimah Yacob did not have to face an election after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria<p>An establishment stalwart has been named Singapore’s first female president but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was …

Singapore

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame

Aung San Suu Kyi, a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner, is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Yanghee Lee: Aung San Suu Kyi ‘needs to show leadership’ over Rohingyas

Yanghee Lee, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar, reacts to the reports coming out of the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Beware the Women of ISIS: There Are Many, and They May Be More Dangerous Than the Men

This report from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism raises frightening questions about women returning from the ‘caliphate’—if they can return at all.<p><i>Editor’s Note: As police tracked down the members of the cell that brought terror to Spain on Thursday, the names that</i> …

Islamic State (ISIS)

As the caliphate crumbles, Taliban steals ISIS' tactics to target women

<b>(CNN) —</b> A glossy women's magazine has hit virtual newsstands, its front cover splashed with the image of a woman, veiled from head to toe, walking off into a yellow-hued desert.<p>But, unlike other fashion or beauty publications, this one has a niche audience in mind: would-be female jihadists.<p>The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

These women want to fix cybersecurity’s massive gender gap

After years of uncomfortable interactions at the world's largest hacker gathering, these women are making their own opportunities.<p>Last year, Leigh Honeywell got a stark reminder of why she stopped going to the Defcon hacker convention.<p>The security expert, whose background at companies like …

Cybersecurity

A New Tune on Women’s Rights in the Arab World

LONDON — “I want to tell you something, so listen to what I say. When a man is talking, a woman should obey. She shouldn’t say ‘yes’ and then forget the next day. She should appreciate his value if she wants him to stay.”<p>So goes the title track of “The Man,” a new album by the Egyptian singer Ramy …

Gender

UN Chief Asks All Nations to Sign New Pact Protecting Women

<i>A member of the all-female Bangladeshi police unit, preparing to leave the UN mission in Haiti as it closes. A new UN compact with countries</i> …

A Seat at the Table: The Evolving Role of Afghan Women Peacebuilders

In Afghanistan, many women help resolve conflicts and promote peace on a grassroots level. However, only a few women have held peacebuilding roles at …

Investing in women key to sustainable peace in DR Congo and Nigeria – UN deputy chief

10 August 2017 – Investing in women and girls must be central to global efforts towards sustainable peace and development in both Nigeria and the …

How bride prices drive terrorism recruitment in Middle East, Africa, Asia

Terrorism experts have long known that poverty is a factor in tempting young men to join radical terrorist groups, but what about bride prices?<p>A new article in <i>MIT Press Journal</i> argues that many young, male recruits who are driven to terrorist organizations for financial reasons are actually …

Foreign Policy

Send the Breast Pump With the Defense Attaché

I held the syringe up to the light above the bathroom mirror and flicked it a few times with my finger to make sure I had the exact dose of Lupron. I checked my watch to calculate the time in Washington. I pulled the waistline of my pants below my belly button, steadied my feet, wiped my abdomen …

National Security

Frustration Over a War and Its Crimes

Carla del Ponte has spent most of her professional life busting war criminals and fighting organized crime, so when she quits the United Nations panel investigating atrocities in Syria in disgust, she deserves a hearing.<p>“I am frustrated. I give up,” she told a Swiss newspaper. Everyone in the …

Syria

A Seed Sown By the West: Afghanistan's Young Liberal Elites Challenge the Taliban

A young, liberal elite has emerged in Kabul, including many women. It is taking a stand against the Taliban's atrocities in the form of political and …

Fall of Mosul Raises Question: What Should Be Done with Female Foreign Fighters?

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin<br>In the aftermath of the assault on Mosul, we have gained significant insights into the scale and substance of the brutality …

Islamic State (ISIS)

At 15, she joined ISIS after converting to Islam. Now this German teen wants to go home.

When 15-year-old Linda W. started to wear long-sleeved clothes early last year, it quickly struck her classmates and teachers in the sleepy eastern German town of Pulsnitz as odd. Her conversion to Islam was noticed almost immediately in a part of Germany where only 0.5 percent of the population is …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The sex slaves of al-Shabab

BBC News, Mombasa<p><b>When Salama Ali started investigating the disappearance of two younger brothers last year she made an awful discovery - not only were radicalised young Kenyan men leaving to join the al-Shabab militants in neighbouring Somalia, but women were being seized and trafficked by the</b> …

Africa

‘You Cannot Have Peace if You Don’t Listen to Women’

KIGALI, Rwanda – Marie shuffled seven chairs to fit around the table in her courtyard, placed down a tray of tea, and poured water into glasses. When her friends arrived, she hugged each of them.<p>“If they won’t let us in,” Marie paused, “We’ll have to find another way.”<p>“They” were the Burundi …

Africa

Myanmar Muslim minority subject to horrific torture, UN says

BBC News<p><b>A top UN official says "crimes against humanity" are being committed by the military and police against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority.</b><p>The UN's special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was speaking as part of a joint BBC Newsnight-BBC Our World investigation.<p>Aung San …

Asia