Women’s News

March 7, 2018
IWD

This Year’s IWD pays Tribute to Rural Women

Violet Rusu International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated worldwide on March 8 to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. The UN-recognized event is celebrated annually on March 8 with a different theme. This year’s topic is, Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives, paying homage to the rural activist women who are often overlooked on the global stage. In comparison to their urban counterparts, rural women fare worse regarding discrimination […]
February 20, 2018

WNC Board Meeting: February 17, 2018

February 14, 2018

Homage to Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who faced death threats by fighting for unpopular causes and was jailed in the 1980s for her pro-democracy work during military rule, died on Sunday in Lahore. She was 66. Accolades for the fiery activist, whose name was virtually synonymous with human rights in Pakistan, poured in from political and legal figures. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lauded her “immense contributions towards upholding rule of law, democracy and safeguarding human […]
January 22, 2018

Women of Iran Protests: A Call For International Solidarity

With the recent surge of protests across Iran, many political observers were left bewildered, both by the timing and the nature of the grievances expressed throughout the country. Others, with ears closer to the ground, were quick to point out their mistake: Iran-watchers have long looked to Tehran’s cosmopolitan elite while neglecting concern for the country’s expansive working-class. Indeed, popular dissent first broke out in the city of Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous city, before spreading to places like Arak, […]
December 8, 2017

Event on Gender based violence and human rights

A very important symposium was held at the University of Amsterdam on December 8, 2017 entitled: “Gender based violence and human rights: international perspectives.” The panel discussion focused on to which extent does international law affect domestic implementation in the domain of policy and legal measures regarding gender based violence? Which future directions should be prioritized? National and international experts reflected on developments in international regulation of gender based violence. The morning program addressed global developments. The afternoon program focused on […]
November 28, 2017

Tribute to Françoise Héritier

Françoise Héritier (15 November 1933 – 15 November 2017) An emeritus professor, Françoise was the Chair of Comparative Studies of African Societies at Collège de France (a prestigious institution) from 1982-1998. She was the successor of Claude Lévi-Strauss and was also influenced by Alfred Radcliffe-Brown’s work. Her work focused mainly on the theory of alliances and the prohibition of incest. Héritier became interested in anthropology in the late 1950s while she was still a student of history and geography with […]
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