Indigenous women shape women’s rights

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2011

The voices of indigenous women have repeatedly reminded national governments, human rights bodies and other national and international fora that their human rights as women need to be addressed as the rights of indigenous women. Accordingly, indigenous women have called on the United Nations bodies and processes related to women to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “as a minimum standard in the fulfilment and enjoyment of rights by indigenous women”.

UN: Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez reiterates FGM as a form of torture

Publication Date: 
June 1, 2011
Juan E Mendez - UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

Female Genital Mutilation: Progress-Realities-Challenges

 Statement by Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Side Event sponsored by Women’s UN Report Network, Inter-African Committee, Worldwide Organization for Women and NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva. 1 June 2011

Interview: Amina Wadud - "The Koran Cannot Be Usurped"

Publication Date: 
September 14, 2009
Professor Amina Wadud

Islam, gender equality and human rights are compatible – this is a basic conviction of Amina Wadud, author of several books about Islam and women. Martina Sabra interviewed the Islamic feminist at a recent conference about "Women power in Islam" in Germany.

Professor Wadud, in 2005 you produced a world-wide media hype because you publicly lead a gender-inclusive prayer for Muslim men and women in New York. You received hate-mails from all over the world, there were even bomb threats. Looking back, what do you think about the events today, and what are your conclusions from what happened?

Jessica Horn: Every act of violence is a choice

Publication Date: 
May 26, 2011
"In this house we want a life free of violence against women". Local campaign in Suchitoto, El Salvador.

“Sometimes we need to name the abnormal as abnormal, and take action to defend what is normal!” - Shereen Essof. Jessica Horn reports at the close of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference, 'Women Forging a New Security: ending sexual violence in conflict'.

In a caucus to gather input for the global campaign  to End Violence Against Women, one of its founders Charlotte Bunch reiterates the basic feminist point, now underlying human rights-based laws and policies on sexual violence- that “rape is about power, not sex”.

Q&A: "Clergy sexual abuse of women is a violent abuse of power"

Publication Date: 
May 15, 2011
Dr. Valli Batchelor

Cléo Fatoorehchi interviews DR. VALLI BATCHELOR of the World Student Christian Federation Book Project.

NEW YORK, May 15, 2011 (IPS) - Ninety to 95 percent of victims of clergy sexual exploitation are women, according to recent estimates by the Columbia Theological Seminary's Rev. Pamela Cooper White, and yet very few studies have been conducted on this issue.

Child Marriage: Barrier to girls' empowerment

Publication Date: 
May 23, 2011
Global Health Magazine
Ending child marriage within this generation - Global Health Magazine

An adolescent girl living in poverty could be the most powerful person in the world. If she is reached early enough, she can accelerate economies, arrest major global health issues and break cycles of poverty.

When a girl gets a chance to stay in school, remain healthy, gain skills, she will marry later, have fewer and healthier children, and earn an income that she’ll invest back into her family and community.  When she can grow into a woman and become an educated mother, an economic actor, an ambitious entrepreneur, or a prepared employee, she breaks the cycle of poverty. She and everyone around her benefits.

Housemaids: The gap between our conduct and Islamic principles

Publication Date: 
May 17, 2011
Arab News

Islam has advocated sublime human conduct.  
It came to polish the behavior of people, whether individuals or groups, and to ensure their human rights in the best possible manner and form of human conduct. It did not stop there. It also called for a better treatment of animals.

International: Bin Laden's wife and the stereotyping of Muslim women

Publication Date: 
May 13, 2011
The Guardian
'I could relate Amal Ahmed al-Sadah to the general context of Muslim women, but this risks essentialising her' Photo: Guardian

We should focus on events in Bin Laden's home, but not sensationalise the details of Amal Ahmed al-Sadah's life. Women played an interesting role in the account of the final hours of Osama Bin Laden's life. Three wives, as well as nine of his children,  where he was killed, along with the families of two Pakistani brothers. Initially, it was  that Bin Laden had used one of his wives as a human shield.

Europe: New Council of Europe convention to prevent and combat violence against women

Publication Date: 
May 11, 2011
Council of Europe

Istanbul, 11.05.2011 - The Council of Europe’s new  (CETS n° 210) has been passed and also open to accession by non-European countries and by the European Union. 

This new landmark Council of Europe treaty is the first legally binding instrument in the world creating a comprehensive legal framework to protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.

Combating Early Marriage from the Ground Up

Publication Date: 
February 11, 2011
Yeshi Alem, left, educates her village about the perils of making girls marry young. Right is one of the women she counsels.

At age 12, Loko, whose last name is withheld for privacy reasons, was forced to marry a man 50 years her senior. As with many child marriages in her home country of Ethiopia, it was a family member who made the decision that derailed her childhood. The 10th of 11 children, she was sold off by her older brother after their father died. Marriage brought a destitute life—her husband was too old to work, and they often went hungry.