Women, Peace and Security

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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.

Literature

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

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 Microsoft, Symantec and Slack brought her to the show for nearly a decade, was waiting for a friend at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, …

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> …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

George H. W. Bush

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 …

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

Somali elections: How women still fight for political space in African polls

The recent Somali elections have been touted as the next step towards peace and stability in the beleaguered east African state.<p>Somalia’s new …

Famine-hit South Sudanese Eat Weeds and Water Lilies to Survive

THONYOR, South Sudan (Reuters) - Like thousands of other South Sudanese families caught up in famine, Sara Dit and her 10 children are hiding from …

Africa

Leila de Lima: Top Duterte critic arrested on drug charge

<b>A leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Leila de Lima, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.</b><p>Senator Leila de Lima is accused of receiving money from detained drug lords.<p>She has insisted on her innocence and says the charges are an attempt to silence her criticism …

Asia

Why does a Nigerian Muslim leader want to restrict polygamy?

<b>Polygamy is widely accepted all over Nigeria but one of the country's most prominent Muslim leaders is trying to ban the practice - in some cases.</b><p>Why are multiple spouses under scrutiny?<p>Men who cannot afford more than one wife are the catalyst for these reforms.<p>The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, …

Rights & Freedoms

BBC World Service - BBC OS, A man's world: Libyan women banned from travelling abroad alone

A ban has come into force in parts of eastern Libya that stops women from travelling abroad without a male guardian. The ruling is from the military governor now in charge of the east of the country - and it's caused uproar and alarm. We spoke to Iman, a female political organiser and academic, who …

Women's News

Why women joined the battle against the U.S. Navy SEALs in the botched Yemen raid | Opinion

Close<p>U.S.<p>Military Releases, Then Withdraws, Yemen Raid Video<p>It is the latest controversy surrounding the raid on a...<p>U.S.<p>NYC Yemeni-Americans Close …

Women Are Critical In the Fight Against Terrorism and the Islamic State | Op-Ed | US News

President Donald Trump's decision to suspend refugee admissions to the United States and block the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has …

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Myanmar Security Forces Allegedly Raped And Abused Rohingya Women And Girls

Human Rights Watch report lists horrific crimes against the ethnic Muslim group.<p>Myanmar’s police and army forces carried out a campaign of rape and sexual abuse against ethnic Rohingya Muslim women and girls in late 2016, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Monday.<p>The rights …

Aung San Suu Kyi

The Women Who Could Save Mosul

A group of female parliamentarians have developed a plan to mend the post-ISIS fabric of Iraq's second-largest city.<p>BAGHDAD — Farah al-Sarraj thinks …