Women Fight Back Against Witch-Branding in Rajasthan. Read more about how Shanta Devi was branded a witch nearly a decade ago, after her family was plagued by long bouts of fever and breathing problems.
From page to screen to college campuses across the country, the team behind the “Half the Sky” movement is further broadcasting its call to action through the Campus Ambassador Program, aimed at raising awareness of international women’s issues among young people. http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2012/09/half-the-sky-campus-ambassador-program-calls-for-action-at-home/
Fourteen years have passed since the Rwanda National Police (RNP) force embarked on a mission to empower women within the force and protect the rights of women in general. Women now make up twenty percent of the force. Female officers have the opportunity to operate in areas where they have families and also gain new skills through its annual female convention. RNP has established the Isange One Stop Centre which provides free medical, social and legal services to victims of sexual violence.
In his column today, @Nicholas Kristof looks at the global epidemic of sexual violence -- and the story of a 4-year-old Kenyan girl who was raped and her family's struggle for justice. Help end the impunity by spreading the word.
Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkol Karman has donated her $500,000 in prize money to a fund for the wounded and the families of those killed in Yemen’s uprising. "This is my duty to the youths who sacrificed for change," she said. Read more here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/world/meast/yemen-nobel-laureate-donation/index.html?hpt=wo_c2
Mallory, 19, decided to act for women empowerment after reading "Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide". She created World Apart Movement to gather funds to assist Middle Eastern women in overcoming education barriers. She decided to create iPhone cases and sell them. Half of the proceeds go to the Afghan Institute of Learning to help girls and women to access education in Afghanistan. Check out their Tumblr and Etsy shop.
Lex, a German shepherd whose trainer, 20-year-old Marine Corp. Dustin Lee, died in a mortar attack in Falluja in 2007. Lex, who had played with and slept alongside Corp. Lee throughout their service, was also injured in the attack; the dog at first refused to leave his side and had to be pulled away. Lee’s family lobbied extensively for the Marines to retire Lex before the customary age of 10, and Lex is now living with the Lees at their home in rural Mississippi.