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'Men grow tobacco for drinking money but women feed families' - Ugandan farmer

Women in Africa make up 60 to 80 percent of the continent's smallholder farmers and produce 90 percent of its food, according to the Farming First coalition of farmers, scientists, engineers and industry players.


World Cup 2014: is Brazil's sex industry crackdown a threat to human rights?

The sanitisation of Brazil's image before the 2014 World Cup could have serious implications for sex workers


UN Peace Talks on Syria Collectively Failed Women

This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, first mandated by the United Nations Security Council in 2000, when despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial support, UN mediation, advocacy and campaigns, Syrian women peacemakers were not even present at the opening session of the so-called Geneva II talks on Jan. 22 in Montreux, Switzerland? They were also not present at the infamous negotiating “table” two days later in Geneva between the Syrian regime and the opposition.


Why 2014 is a key year for women's rights and gender equality

Over the past few decades, the often tireless work of the women's movement around the world has brought positive change. There has been a growing recognition that countries cannot thrive if half the population is left out of education and work, or not included in decision-making. Laws have been introduced to recognise women's right to safety in and outside the home, equal pay in the workplace and equality under the law, and there have been attitudinal changes towards women.


Uganda: LGBTI rights defenders and the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

On 20 December 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed the "Anti-Homosexuality Bill", which currently awaits the signature of the President to become law. 


Azita Rafa’t: "It was the day when 10,000 rockets hit the city"

Azita Rafa’at is a human and women’s rights activist from Badghis province.


Interview with Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is now 25 years old. Caroline Hartnell talks to president and CEO Musimbi Kanyoro about its achievements and challenges over that period and her vision for a world in which women no longer have to fight for their rights.


Why progress in women's rights has been compromised

Women's status may have been transformed, but misdirected resources and incorrect strategies make this difficult to sustain


The Crisis in the Central African Republic: Will a Woman at the Helm Be Enough?

Renewed international attention to the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and the change of leadership in the violence-torn country bring new hopes of putting an end to the CAR’s spiraling sectarian violence that wracked the country during the disastrous ten-month tenure of former interim president Michel Djotodia. The election of Catherine Samba-Panza, the country’s first female president, who was sworn in on January 23 to lead the second transition after the military coup that toppled former president François Bozizé in March 2013, constitutes a singular and historic choice for the central African nation.


Interview - Zimbabwe: Melanie Chiponda, stigmatised as 'foreign agent' for criticising diamond mining and trade

Ms Melanie Chiponda is a human rights defender from Zimbabwe. As Project Coordinator with the Chiadzwa Community Development Trust, she works with rural communities in Marange diamond fields. Diamond mining and trade have led to widespread human rights violations.



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