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BRIDGET

World Contraception Day: That Is Not the Life I Wanted

By: BridgetAkudo Nwagbara, Chair of the Youth Health Workers Advocates, Nigeria - MNCH “I had a dream to be the best that I can at anything I want to be….I couldn’t because I became a mother ...

Barbara, The Nation

The power of critical mass

"Critical mass" -- that's a phrase heard in Africa to describe what is needed to begin making progress in the battle to stop violence against women not only in times of conflict but also in peaceti...

MADRE, MADRE

Clean water for Gaza: Maryam’s story

Like many Palestinian women living in the Gaza Strip, 40-year-old Maryam struggles to provide safe drinking water for her family. Israel has restricted the movement of people and goods into G...

Karen, Green Prophet

“Thirsty for Change” fashion show raises awareness about Israeli water conservation

It takes 400 gallons of water to grow enough cotton for an ordinary t-shirt. A pair of jeans? That's 1,800 gallons. And we all know that while some women spend 6 hours every day to get drinking water,...

Lisa, George Washington University

Ecofeminism and the right to water

While the right to water and the right of water may seem to be the same thing to many people, the two are extremely different.  I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference on the right t...

Jonathan, Anderson School of Management at UCLA

A gender crisis, a global opportunity

You may be woman, but I can’t hear you roar. In fact, I can’t hear you at all. Maybe it is because you don’t really have time.  No one can blame you. But maybe if you, and the hundreds of mi...

John, Water Advocates

A forgotten glass ceiling: a safe drink of water

There is a photograph that travelers inevitably take when they go to a developing country -- a picture of a woman carrying a large container of water on her head. The woman's posture is ramrod strai...

Sonam, Global Voices

Is organized religion an impediment to fulfilling MDGs?

If only governments would take a second look at religion and see how it stands in the way of improving the lives of its marginalized populations, it has the potential to hasten the process to achievi...

Toni

A poem for invisible women

In this video award-winning artist Toni Blackman addresses 'invisible women' around the world. Toni Blackman is one of the artists of MDGfive.com, a website that harnesses the power of art and social ...

Maya

Girls, love yourselves and win the role-play game called Life

Imagine that life is a role-play game where the plot develops as a result of the decisions you have made and the puzzles you have solved. So how could you win this game? What happens if someone st...

Jenna, Hands to Hearts Intl

Aiming development dollars at mothers to improve the lives of families

What's the best way of investing in the developing world? One organization is empowering families by investing in mothers. Hands to Hearts International (HHI) is a non-profit organization that seeks ...

Chris, 100% disabled US Vetetran

A technical perspective on women’s liberation through the Pill

How can we ensure that every woman who chooses can access the Pill or other appropriate contraceptive options? There are many technical factors to consider. Health-Care System, regulations, manufac...

Bhumika, Freelancer

Fifty years of the Pill

It's been fifty years since the Pill was introduced in America. How far have we come since then--and how far do we still have to go? This year the revolutionary birth control pill will achieve a mi...

Zoneziwoh, zoneziwohshow

Woman or man, only their works will speak

African women face many constraints and discrimination which affect them economically. Though women with economic power tend to make positive choices for their families and communities, too often they...

Don

Women’s status determines world’s status

This blog post is a response to the post "Invest in women -- it pays!" If women we given equal status in all societies in the world, we would have not only a better life for women, but a drastic lo...

Bhumika, Freelancer

Video response: Harassment against women in Kathmandu, Nepal

Women and young girls face harassment while using public transportation in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is common and tolerated, and there is no law to punish the culprits. Image via Wikipedia [youtu...

Melanie, Women in Cities Intl

The continuum between violence against women and girls in private and violence against women in public

Violence against women occurs both at home (within the family) and in the public sphere (rape, robbery, etc.). To best help women, we need to stop treating public and private violence as separate issu...

Claire, Ashoka

Technology to aid women in labor

A new technological platform called Ushahidi could be used to help women in labor experiencing complications all over the world. As mobile and web technologies become increasingly accessible to tho...

Anusha, United Nations

Women’s Rights: Is equality still an illusion?

Though many believe violence against women to primarily be a problem in other parts of the world, the situation for many women in the U.S. is still problematic. The Washington Post’s recent artic...

Sarah, UNIFEM

Working with men and boys to end violence against women in Yogyakarta

Indonesia has made great strides against gender based violence, by setting up crisis centers for women and working with men and boys. Violence against women has been recognized as a serious issue i...

IPS News, IPS

Media: The untold stories of violence against women

By Miren Gutierrez and Oriana Boselli Robert Dijksterhuis, Jac SM Kee, Monia Azzalini,Paula Fray, Thenjiwe Mtintso and Laila Al-Shaik. Credit:Miren Gutierrez/IPS Violence aga...

Asteris, digitalrights.gr

Greece: Police violence against migrant woman triggers reforms

Evidence of egregious police violence against a migrant woman in Greece has influenced a politician to punish the guilty officers. Greece has been embroiled in a row over abusive migrant detention...

Firuzeh Shokooh, Global Voices

Puerto Rico: Voices against violence

Although violence against women is a serious problem in Puerto Rico, feminist bloggers have been speaking out against this issue that affects women everywhere. They are more than numbers. They are ...

Marietta

Violence “Behind Doors” in Hungary

Despite the alarming frequency of domestic violence in Hungary, existing laws don't do enough to protect women. "At least one woman a week dies in Hungary as a result of domestic violence," said Kr...

Fortune, Environ Synergy Services

Why are women in developing nations hit hardest by climate change?

Climate change has far reaching effects, but it particularly impacts women, especially those living in developing nations. The serious changes in the global climatic conditions have significant con...

Mahnaz, UNFPA

Abused by the system: Denying insurance coverage to domestic abuse victims

In eight states in the United States, it is still legal for insurance companies to deny coverage to women who have been abused, as these women are considered a financial liability. In some parts of...

Tanya, Halton Public Health

La Femme: The key to development and progress

Many international non-governmental organizations focus on the empowerment and progress of women. Here are some of the most relevant ones. On this past International Day for the Elimination of Viol...

Raphael, The Civil Rights Party

Overlooked abuse victims: Minority women in Canada

Many minority women in Canada who face the issue of abuse have to deal not only with the violence itself but with barriers involving race and gender that prevent them from seeking help. The issue...

Rose, Ifendu for women

Religion, globalization and violence against women

I will like to talk about religion, globalization and violence against women. Insights from my initial research for a doctoral degree in theology reveal a great deal of information on how women are tr...

Diego, Global Voices Online

Brazil: The violence against women debate

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Brazilian bloggers reignite the debate and campaign to end violence. Following a series of special blog-posts on Global Voi...

Nicole, hangPROUD.com

Violence: It starts with language

Violence against women, as with everything else, begins with how we communicate. Through our language, we have created a culture in which women are seen as weaker, quieter, more submissive, and the le...

Radha, UNFPA

Best practices in preventing trafficking

‘Conversation starters’ answered the questions: “What are some of the best practices in preventing trafficking?” and “How do we protect victims from further abuse and violence?” Below is a...

Juliana, Global Voices Online

Stop violence against women

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and through videos, many people and organizations around the world are expressing their need to end the violence a...

Radha, UNFPA

This week’s highlights: Domestic violence and men

'Conversation starters' answered the question: "Can you share any stories of men and boys mobilizing to stop domestic violence?" Below is a brief summary of the thoughts shared at Conversations for a ...

Radha, UNFPA

Help stop trafficking now

It's shocking: Between 500,000 to 2 million people, mostly women and children, are trafficked every year according to a UN study on violence against women. There is an urgent need to eradicat...

Imran Ahmed, MFA, Pakistan

Domestic violence: My conclusions

I have dealt with this and other female issues in my country. There are various trends that perpetuate domestic violence. I have listed some of my conclusions. Domestic violence is one of th...

Elga, Delt@

Domestic violence: What must be done

Violence against women, above all domestic violence, should be addressed from different perspectives. At the governmental level in all countries, violence against women should be prevented with pr...

Farzana, NRCDV

8 ways you can coach boys into men and other links

Want to know more about violence against women? Here are some useful links and resources. I read the blog-post "A call to action: Your views on men and domestic violence". Here are links to sever...

Wahid, Womanshade Pakistan

Violence against women in Pakistan

Society must change its way of thinking in order to eliminate domestic violence. My experience is that Pakistan has a long way to go in order to fix this problem. Violence against women, particular...

Juliana, Global Voices Online

Videos on how maternal mortality affects communities

When a woman dies during pregnancy, childbirth or due to complications after delivery, it affects not only the family, but also the whole community. These videos, by different human rights organiz...

Daniel, DC Publications SB

Activism and motherhood in Asia

Humanitarian activist mothers in Asia are becoming icons for human rights causes worldwide. What does a woman sacrifice for the cause she fights for? Irene Fernandez is a women and migrant rig...

Juliana, Global Voices Online

In labor and in chains: Pregnancy and prisons

Imagine a woman giving birth handcuffed and her feet shackled. Do pregnant women in prison deserve human rights, or can pregnancy become a way to avoid jail? All over the world, pregnant women str...

Juliana, Global Voices Online

Philippines: A pregnant woman’s right to study and work

Are human rights related to motherhood reserved only for married women? Philippine men and women are blogging about a new legislation related to a pregnant woman's right to study and work. In Phi...

Deni, Americans for UNFPA

Women are trapped in a cycle

The feminization of AIDS and poverty are linked in a cycle that practically ensures the spread of the disease, even if a vaccine were developed. For the 51 million of girls around the world who wer...

Deni, Americans for UNFPA

Why Investing in Women is MORE Important

Typically when women make a little money they invest it in their families (up to 90% by some estimates). When coffers wealthy nations run dry, investment in women’s issue is usually one of the first...

Gill, IPPF

Girls Count, Women Matter

In these turbulent times of financial crisis, rising food prices, climate change and political instability, it is women and girls who will be disproportionately affected, particularly poor women in po...

Ian, Author & Journalist

G8 Not Great Unless Stimulus Targets Women

Although it remains to be seen how effectively they implement it, the G 8 agenda is, quite correctly, focusing on how to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the developing world. But an even tighter...

Jill, Women Deliver

Invest in Women – it Pays!

At the moment the world loses 15 billion dollars every year in productivity that doesn’t happen because mothers and their newborns are dying – one mother a minute, four million newborns every year...

Mark, Mark Tuschman Photography

Capital of Hope

Women and children do bear the brunt of economic hardship during any economic downturn. I witnessed this during the course of  2007 and 2008 when I made several trips to Ghana to photographically doc...

Neil, UNFPA

Graça Machel on Africa & the Financial Crisis

One of the people who helps me understand the impact of the economic crisis on women is Graca Machel, the passionate advocate for women and children and a former Minister of Education and Culture in M...

Kimberly

11 July 09: World Population Day

Investing in Women is a Smart Choice We echo the words of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the Observance of World Population Day: In the midst of the worst global economic crisis in generatio...

Alex

Women and the Global Economic Tsunami: Who Bears the Pain?

Who’s responsible for globalization? Probably a woman called Ug. Ug recognised that the woman in the next cave made better mammoth-skin shoes than she did. She also knew that Mr. Ug threw a pretty h...

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