MOM VILLAGE, Papua New Guinea — In a simple but striking example of grass roots development, a group of villagers on a remote island some 30 kilometers off Papua New Guinea’s northern coast have funded and built their own medical aid station. (January-March 2007)
UNITED NATIONS — Last autumn, Anisa Fadaei started a discussion group on women’s issues at her high school. Meeting every two weeks at lunch, about a dozen girls examined issues like domestic violence, unequal pay rates, and trafficking in girls. (January-March 2007)
By many measures, the status of women and girls has improved significantly over the last 50 years. They have achieved higher rates of literacy and education, increased their per capita income, and risen to prominent roles in professional and political spheres. Moreover, extensive local, national and global networks of women have succeeded in putting women's concerns on the global agenda and catalyzed the creation of legal and institutional mechanisms to address these concerns. (October-December 2006)
UNITED NATIONS — Stemming the global tide of violence against women will require changes in deeply rooted attitudes that for the most part transcend culture and national borders, said participants in a panel discussion here on 8 September 2006. (July-September 2006)
UNITED NATIONS — Bringing wide-ranging experience in women's issues, civil society organization, and international development, Fulya Vekiloglu has joined the United Nations Office of the Bahá'í International Community in New York as a representative to the UN. (April-June 2006)
The high level of participation by nongovernmental organizations at the Commission on the Status of Women shows shows its relevance for women and men who care about the advancement of women. (January-March 2006)
Just after the birth of her fourth child, Melody Karvonen made a somewhat unusual career change. While still on maternity leave, Ms. Karvonen decided to end her 10-year career in architectural drafting and instead moved into human rights.
New representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations joins New York office
Bahiyyih Chaffers, a 33-year-old attorney from Canada, has been appointed as a representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations.
NEW YORK - Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations, has been elected to chair the main committee of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with women's issues at the UN (April-June 2003)
Overcoming Violence against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem -- By Michael L. Penn and Rahel Nardos -- Why is it that although women compose half the world's population and put in nearly two-thirds of the world's work hours, they receive just one-tenth of the world's income and own less than one-hundredth of the world's property? (April-June 2003)
UNITED NATIONS -- At a panel discussion on the problem of violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy told of a young Nepalese girl who eloped with a young man -- who then placed her in a brothel in India before disappearing. The tale reflects the complex connection between violence against women and the abuse of basic human rights around the world. (January-March 2003)
In India, a program for rural women emphasizes training as the key to effective use of solar cookers
JHABUA DISTRICT, Madhya Pradesh, India - Ask women bout the benefits of using solar energy for cooking in the remote districts of this central Indian state, and "saving the environment" is not necessarily the first response that comes to mind. (October-December 2002)
A Woman's Place: Religious Women as Public Actors, edited by Azza Karam --There is a famous Chinese saying that women hold up half of the sky. But such has not always been acknowledged by the leadership of most religions, which have traditionally been dominated by men. A new book published by the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP) seeks to in some ways to address this imbalance, by showcasing the contributions of women of faith in the public arena.
IRINGA, Tanzania - Asked what makes their school different from others in this tropical East African nation, students at the Ruaha Secondary School are quick to point to a feature that usually "impacts" them quite directly: the total absence of "caning," as corporal punishment is known here.
UNITED NATIONS - Despite concern by some women's groups that governments might pull back from commitments made at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women, delegates from more than 180 nations upheld the fundamental importance of full rights for women worldwide at a Special Session of the UN General Assembly here in June.
This year's Commission on the Status of Women wrestled with difficult issues in assessing world progress for women since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. orld Conference on Women in Beijing.
BRISBANE, Australia - Mapping a new path for women in the coming millennium, an international women's conference here focused on forging new partnerships among diverse sectors of society, taking practical measures to promote the advancement of women, and making spiritual and moral values the key to consolidating gains.
UNITED NATIONS – As UN bodies go, the Commission on the Status of Women was for many years relegated to back-bench status. Not any longer. (January-March 1999 / OC 10.4)