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/
For These 2 Women, the Lottery of Birth Decides Opportunity
Why does @nickkristof so frequently travel to places like Sudan and Myanmar, when Americans have so many challenges at home? “Compassion shouldn’t depend, one way or the other, on the color of one’s skin — or passport,” he writes. His latest New York Times column looks at two 20-year-old women — Nicole Sganga, a Notre Dame student who grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and Sajan, who lives in a rural village in Myanmar and was married at age 13 for the bride price of one cow.
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.
Edna’s goal is to train 1,000 of them, and she has created a program to do so at her maternity hospital in Hargeisa. Read more on Edna and watch a video here: http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2012/09/Half-the-Sky-Turning-Oppression-into-Opportunity-for-Women
As recently as 1980, a slight majority of people in the developing world lived in extreme poverty -- surviving on less than $1.25 in today's money. Today, that number has dropped to just 1 in 5, according to the World Bank, and there's a huge push to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. So even as we acknowledge that there's plenty of work remaining, let's also celebrate this triumph for humanity, Nicholas Kristof writes. Read more: http://nyti.ms/169MhuU
Bitiya, as her family and friends called her, was eager to make a life for herself in New Delhi, India, and had just started studying physiotherapy. Then she was brutally attacked, raped and dumped on the side of the road — dying two weeks later. The friend who was attacked with her on Dec. 16th describes the moments leading up to the gang rape and the desperation he faced waiting 45 minutes for the police to show up.
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.
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.