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Norwu, Rise Up Girl Leader, Loses Right to Speak at UN

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.18.2016 | Home
Let Girls Lead

This week, the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) commenced in New York City to focus on the linkages between ...

Intersectionality, Women's Rights, LGBT Rights and Moving the Conversation Forward

Andy Kopsa | Posted 05.09.2015 | Home
Andy Kopsa

This is the truth of what happens to women and girls around the world. We are brutalized and then re-victimized because in some way the violence visited us was "our fault." We see this in the United States and around the world.

A Surefire Sister

Brooke Bastinelli | Posted 11.30.2014 | Home
Brooke Bastinelli

Let's face it: The world can be pretty cruel to girls. Sometimes, it doesn't feel safe at all or the media are bombarding our senses with confusing information. It's hard to be a girl, but it also can be pretty fabulous.

In the Fight for Gender Equity in the Labor Market, There is No "Other"

Anika J. Hermann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Home
Anika J. Hermann

These numbers are unconscionable. And they have dire implications. Leaving aside micro-level issues arising from women being economically dependent on men, wage gaps threaten large-scale economic stability.

UN Women's Conference Does Well on Sexual Rights But Gays Lose Out

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.26.2014 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

Usually one searches for all the good proposals that were deleted or changed in the annual UN women's conference that helps set the agenda for the world body. This year the end result was relatively positive.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Ending Violence Against Women -- Now the Real Work Starts

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.20.2013 | Home
Louis Belanger

Last Friday, governments at the UN adopted an outcome document at the conclusion of the 2 weeks session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (C...

CSW57 -- Signed, Adopted, and Delivered

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

Getting governments to agree to take steps to end violence against women has been a long, drawn-out process. The final document wasn't perfect, but at least women didn't slide too far back.

UN Holds Line: Women's Rights are Human Rights

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.18.2013 | Home
Evelyn Leopold

With seven out of 10 women a target of sexual abuse, one would think it would be simple to adopt a program to combat violence. In the end a U.N. conference did that.

The Catholic Church’s Defense Of Women At The U.N.

Meg T. McDonnell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Home
Meg T. McDonnell

Eyes are on Rome as the Catholic Church chooses its next pope. But there's some pretty fascinating "Catholic" stuff going down in New York right now at the United Nations, which is holding its 57th annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Violence Against Women Must End

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Home
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

The horrific rape and murder in Delhi should remind us that the women of the world cannot wait another decade for the international community to address this issue. The time to act is now.

Violence Against Women Is a Choice Men Make: 4 Ways to Make the Right One

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.07.2013 | Home
Soraya Chemaly

We will never achieve gender justice and close the safety gap without boys and men standing beside us. I know many men believe in equality, some are activists and allies for change. Every day I appreciate the work they do. But there are simply not enough of them.

Consent and Ending Violence Against Women and Children

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home
Soraya Chemaly

A culture of consent is based on the rights of potential victims instead of on the rights of potential rapists.  Which would you prefer?

What Is Women's Role in Advancing Peace?

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
Nancy K. Kaufman

Could women actually make a difference and change the equation when it comes to peacemaking in the broadest sense?

The West Should Listen To Muslim Women Reformers

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Apart from moral obligations to support reformers, the West shares common interests for their advance with liberal Muslims and progressive Muslim societies.

Iran's New Diplomatic Aggression Ironic and Dangerous

Laura Kam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura Kam

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders make so many shocking statements that many focus only their words. But the real action...

Report from Rio: Men and Boys in Gender Equality

Pedro C. Moreno | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pedro C. Moreno

What is striking about this meeting is the number of men involved -- accounting for at least half the attendants. A far cry compared to other gatherings on women.