All-female unit keeps peace in Liberia

Mar 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM In Monrovia, the first women-only UN peacekeepers join the 15,000-strong force, inspiring local women to become police. The Christian Science Monitor-  Behind rows of razor wire, a machine gun peeking over the sandbags is trained on the road below. This is just one of...

Sudanese women to be stoned

Mar 20, 2007 at 12:00 AM (Reuters) – Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language, the rights group Amnesty International said. Sadia Idriss Fadul was sentenced on February...

Niger: Rape & Beatings of Women

Dec 06, 2007 at 12:00 AM IRIN – The news that 70 percent of women in parts of Niger find it normal that their husbands, fathers and brothers regularly beat, rape and humiliate them came as no surprise to human rights experts in Niger. “Women here have been indoctrinated by...

Kenyan Women in Leadership positions

Apr 25, 2008 at 12:00 AM Women’s E News – In Kenya, women cracked the political glass ceiling, with President Mwai Kibaki appointing seven women to his cabinet, a national record. Kibaki promised to reserve 30 percent of all public appointments and elective positions for women, Nairobi’s The Nation reported...

A setback to womens rights in Tunisia

Apr 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM Human Rights Tribune – Khadija Cherif, president of the oldest Tunisian women’s association believes that freedom for women is linked to democracy. In an interview in Geneva she said, “Tunisia is seen as the exception in the field of women’s rights in the Arab...

Women activists arrested in Zimbabwe

Jun 03, 2008 at 12:00 AM Amnesty International –  A group of Zimbabwean women activists are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment following their arrest at a peaceful demonstration in Harare. Fourteen activists from the organisation Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), including WOZA leaders Jenni Williams and Magadonga Mahlangu,...

2 Nobel Laureate on Darfur

Jul 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM Prominent Women Urge African Leaders on Darfur OneWorld – Two Nobel Laureate women and actress and activist Mia Farrow are urging African leaders to increase political pressure on Sudan, saying the continent’s leaders have not done enough to end the violence in the Darfur...

Pillay is new High Commissioner for H.R

Jul 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM UNHCR – The United Nations General Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Navanethem (Navi) Pillay, of South Africa, to succeed Louise Arbour as High Commissioner for Human Rights — the leading UN human rights official. At a special meeting in New York on 28...

Zimbabwe Rights Activist recognized

Mar 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM Zimbabwe Rights Activist Receives Award VOA News – Clinton recognized Mukoko, who was abducted from her home outside Harare by state security agents in December 2008 and later accused of plotting to overthrow the government, for her courage and inspiration to other women. U.S....

Courageous Women of Zimbabwe

May 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM Listening to the Courageous Women of Zimbabwe Huffington Post – Against the odds, women leaders in Zimbabwe have committed to put aside their divides and work together to foster equality, democracy and peace in their troubled country. Women leaders from the three main political...

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