Converting Africa’s impressive economic growth over the past decade into progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goals remains a major challenge, according to a joint report published at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in May.
Iraqi-born Noor Almaleki was 20 years old when her father killed her, running her over in his car—a fatal punishment for dishonoring her family by attempting to assimilate to Western culture.
Published by Karen Ruimy on December 9, 2013
It can be hard to compare the education systems of different countries. Youngsters in different countries start school at different ages, progress at different rates and sit different exams.
Published by Karen Ruimy on December 7, 2013
With her performance art and activism, Aliaa Elmahdy is putting herself at risk to raise the issue of women’s rights in Egypt.
Published by Karen Ruimy on December 6, 2013
The activist and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali takes on a new clash of values over forced marriages in America.
Published by Karen Ruimy on December 5, 2013
The Syrian refugee crisis is taking a huge toll on children. Of the 2.2 million people who have left Syria since the war began, more than a million of them are under 18. In Jordan, children can be found working in cafes or selling drinks or flowers by the side of the road. Many of them are their family’s sole breadwinner. Photographer Lee Harper travelled to Jordan to speak to some of the children in the capital Amman and border town Irbid
Published by Karen Ruimy on December 4, 2013
The prime minister and his allies say mixed-gender student housing gives rise to depravity, drugs, prostitution, and ‘terrorism.’
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 30, 2013
The country is one of the last in the Middle East to establish a minimum age for marriage, but pressure from inside the government could soon protect young girls from forced unions.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 28, 2013
The overwhelming vote on Wednesday by the Church of England’sGeneral Synod in favour of the legislation for female bishops shows that it can learn from its mistakes just as a dinosaur that came up against an electric fence could learn after many years to stop leaning on it.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 25, 2013
Egyptian women were at the heart of the revolution that toppled president Hosni Mubarak. Their contribution ranged from work in the labour movement to a female journalist breaking taboos by suing the government for harassment.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 23, 2013
Is this day a frightened reaction to an upturn in women’s fortunes or a vital initiative to help improve the lives of men and boys?
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 22, 2013
Investigative journalism techniques taught at a Scottish university could be used to tackle miscarriages of justice in Africa, according to two reporters from Malawi who won a commemorative scholarship to learn about newspapers in Scotland.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 16, 2013
The United Nations Center for Climate Change unveils its 2013 Women for Results Lighthouse Activities, which aim to help women in developing countries adapt to the effects of climate change.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 14, 2013
Nurses, midwives and GPs in the UK must be much more aware of female genital mutilation (FGM) and treat it as child abuse, says a report.
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 6, 2013
Days ago, The New York Times reported that hackers took down the website of the Saudi women’s driving campaign and posted a video “in which a man identified as a Zionist calls for women to drive—implying that Saudi’s enemies see this as a way to weaken the kingdom.”
Published by Karen Ruimy on November 1, 2013
NGOs are finally turning their attention to the specific needs of adolescent girls forced to live on streets. But policy discussions must result in action.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 30, 2013
Maxis’s city-building sim is being adopted into US classrooms, and aims to teach child about pollution and its knock-on effects.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 28, 2013
Thousands of students, lecturers and parents took to the streets across Spain on this month to protest against austerity cuts, higher university fees and other changes to the education system.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 27, 2013
In Malaysia, girls under the age of 16 cannot legally drive or buy cigarettes. They can’t even watch certain movies or go clubbing. But they can marry – lawfully at that.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 23, 2013
My daughter is 13 years old. Living in London, surrounded by her friends, the latest music and fashion, and all the things a Western girl takes for granted. How can she really understand the fate of other girls in the world?
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 22, 2013
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 17, 2013
A semi-permanent high pressure weather pattern, commonly known as the Bermuda High, shifted to the southeast about 2,800 years ago.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 14, 2013
With debates raging over lads’ mags, The Sun’s page 3 and the rise of internet porn, can a new art project, Camgirls, reclaim female nudity as something to be proud of? Felicity Capon reports.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 12, 2013
Do you think it’s pretty extreme that the average yearly pay gap between men and women in the U.K. is nearly £10,000 (roughly $16,000)?
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 8, 2013
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova fell ill and ended her nine-day strike protesting decrepit conditions in the remote penal colony where she is serving a two-year sentence. She has issued new demands to prison authorities, including the request that she be moved away from the colony.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 5, 2013
Major action by international governments at the United Nations to tackle the global blight of child marriage has been welcomed by child rights organisation, Plan International.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 4, 2013
At 16, Kelvin Doe has a presidential medal, an MIT fellowship and the admiration of world leaders—not bad for a self-taught inventor from Freetown.
Published by Karen Ruimy on October 2, 2013
A Massachusetts woman is turning heads. Whether it’s riding her bike or driving a car Stacey Schnee’s lack of clothing has some people upset.
Published by Karen Ruimy on September 26, 2013
There is more poverty in working households in Wales than in non-working ones, a study has claimed.
Published by Karen Ruimy on September 25, 2013
We mark the milestones of our lives in years — birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays — years until one event and years since another. But for too many women and children around the world, those milestones will never happen.
Published by Karen Ruimy on September 20, 2013
Indian woman now faces murder charges.
Published by Karen Ruimy on September 8, 2013
In a new book, Judith Tebbutt recounts her six-month ordeal as a hostage of Somali pirates and revisits the night of the kidnapping, when her husband of 33 years lost his life trying to protect her.
Published by Karen Ruimy on September 5, 2013
Catapult founder Maz Kessler touts her fundraising startup.
Published by Karen Ruimy on August 29, 2013
Strengthening producer organisations and co-operatives can empower them to become partners in locally-oriented, participatory development.
Published by Karen Ruimy on August 28, 2013
Afghanistan supports the position of Azerbaijan in the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Afghan Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang said at a meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on July 10, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry reported.
Published by Karen Ruimy on August 26, 2013
Disney and Harrods will auction off ten Princess-inspired dresses created by some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, including Oscar de la Renta, Versace and Elie Saab. The sale will take place in November at Christie’s, and will raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
Published by Elena Herrera on August 15, 2013
US president says country is already paying price of inaction and backs nuclear energy and fracking in comprehensive strategy.
Published by Karen Ruimy on August 3, 2013
Two students have declared a war on hunger and are urging people from all backgrounds to unite as they fight to combat poverty.
Published by Karen Ruimy on August 2, 2013
New York City lawmakers have agreed to propose legislation to protect child models. They hope the new law will take effect before fashion week in September. Media advocates have pressed this issue over the past year.
Published by Karen Ruimy on July 28, 2013
This month promises a banner crop of women’s documentaries at three upcoming film festivals. Nina Strochlic reports.
Published by Karen Ruimy on July 27, 2013
Lord Lawson’s climate-change think tank could be stripped of its charitable status after a formal complaint that it has persistently misled the public prompted the statutory regulator to probe into the group.
Published by Karen Ruimy on July 25, 2013
THE new government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will face a daunting task in dealing with the critical issues of governance and the rule of law.
Published by Karen Ruimy on July 17, 2013