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New Law Spurs Action, Bringing Protection to Many

UN Women | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
UN Women

A new law against domestic violence adopted in August in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, coupled with efforts to promote the Istanbul Convention are giving new hope to survivors.

Clean Energy Powers The Roof Of The World

Man Bahadur Gurung | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Man Bahadur Gurung

My people, the Gurung tribe, are used to our remoteness. Heavy monsoon rains, flash floods and frequent landslides make it impossible to build roads or power grids. But we refuse to live in the dark. So we have learned to make the most of what we have: water and gravity.

The Ocean Is Taking Away My Island

Ursula Ravoka | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Ursula Ravoka

I don't know much about science. What I know is that our shores are being eaten away. And nothing can stop the erosion. We are climate refugees. And we are fighting for our lives.

Empowering Young Women In Upper Egypt: ENID's Work In Qena

UN Women | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Without a proper education, young women become one of the most disadvantaged groups in rural Egypt. They are more likely to continue to work in poorly paid farms, to be married off early and to face greater risks in nutrition, health and overall well-being.

Women Are Key to Building Peace in Afghanistan

Quhramaana Kakar | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Quhramaana Kakar

It is important that we understand the connections between women's identities, priorities and contributions in facilitating conflict resolution, reintegration, reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan.

A Sole Woman at the Negotiating Table for Peace

Shadia Marhaban | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Shadia Marhaban

I was part of such a peace process that produced an agreement to end a 30 year bloody conflict between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). That was almost ten years ago.

Building a Culture of Peace in the Philippines and Beyond

Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman

All of us have our own nightmares and dark stories to tell. Mine goes way back when I was seven years old, living in Saudi Arabia, and I witnessed war.

Why Women Matter for Peace

Radhika Behuria | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Radhika Behuria

What is often disregarded is how much women know about conflict, and therefore how much they can contribute to peace.

Haiyan Six Months On: A Promising Start on the Long Road to Recovery

Helen Clark | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Six months after one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded on earth slammed into the Philippines last November, the physical signs of recovery are increasingly visible.

The Syria Crisis at Three Years

Sima Bahous | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Sima Bahous

This week the Syria crisis reached another ominous milestone, passing the three-year mark with no clear sign of an end to the death, destruction and suffering that have plagued the Syrian people since 2011.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls: An Urgent Priority

Helen Clark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women -- a day which reminds us that violence against women continues to be destructive and pervasive. Ranging from domestic violence and child marriages to the use of rape as a tactic of war, violence against women kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer, is a grave assault on many more women and girls and imposes high economic and social costs on societies.

Lebanese Journalists Trained to Cover/Uncover Corruption

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a very ambitious plan that will require a gargantuan effort on journalists' part given the stakes involved, as members of parliament and ministers are not obliged to divest themselves of business interests.

Somalia's Best Bet?

The Huffington Post | Clare Richardson | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

After 21 years of civil war and a 2011 drought that triggered what was called the "worst humanitarian disaster in the world" at the time, Somalia at l...

Every Voice Matters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

He doesn't run a large company, lead a government agency or record the music he so loves on a major label. But 8-year-old J.D. Malkin has quite a voice.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Position Panned By U.N. For Protecting High Drug Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two major United Nations organizations warned world leaders on Thursday to avoid restrictive free trade agreements that may threaten pub...

Rio Dialogues Part I: WHY Should I Even Care?

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Elischia Fludd

In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. But critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster.

"One Day on Earth" Film Premieres at U.N. and Around World

Jim Luce | Posted 06.24.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

'One Day on Earth' is a living time capsule of who we are. We have much to fix -- but we have more going for us, it seems, than not.

2011 Human Development Index

Posted 01.03.2012 | World

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Index on Wednesday, painting a grim picture of the prospects fo...

Gender Equality and Social Justice: Why Foreign Assistance Matters

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

I hate to see our Congress turning away from the rest of the world. That's not who we are as a people, and as a nation. Our values give hope to women and men struggling against poverty, discrimination and oppression everywhere

Eighteen Months After the Earthquake: A Return to Haiti

David Weiss | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
David Weiss

I returned to Haiti and was astonished by the progress that I saw. There remains a monumental amount of work to do but it is important to understand that the contrast between now and three months after the earthquake is night and day.

Opportunities for Economic and Political Inclusion in the Arab Spring

Helen Clark | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Helen Clark

There are moments when historic, transformational change is possible. This is one of those moments in the Arab States.

Jobs, Equity and Voice: Why Both Economic and Political Inclusion Matter in the Arab World

Helen Clark | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Helen Clark

In both Tunisia and Egypt, we have longstanding programs to advance human development. We are now working with the national authorities on support for their countries' next steps.

Stop That Feminist Viral Statistic Meme

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

That thing you might have heard, about women's work, income and property ownership -- it's not true. (And yes, I really am a feminist.) If you're a f...

Connected Arab Youth Are the Secret to Present Uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab youth of today are connected and determined to take part in deciding their own future. Understanding them and giving them an opportunity to share in power is the only logical way to help find solutions.