June 2016

June 27, 2016

Did You Know that Women’s Equality is in the UN Charter Because of Actions of Women from the South?

In 1945 the UN Charter became the first international document to inscribe the rights of men and women as part of fundamental human rights. This is the reason why the UN today has a clear legal mandate to actively promote the rights of women, a mandate that UN Women was established to realize and protect. Who are we to honor for the specific references to women’s rights in the Charter? Ask even specialists how gender equality came about, and the […]
June 27, 2016

For the first time in almost three millennia, Rome’s top official will be a woman

At just 37 years old, lawyer Virginia Raggi has taken up the helm of one of the world’s oldest cities and pledged to fix its most enduring issues. Raggi – who turns 38 next month – will also become the youngest mayor in Rome’s history. Raggi grew up in the central quarter of Rome’s San Giovanni and studied law at the Roma Tre University before joining local neighbourhood boards. Raggi is married to radio director Andrea Severini (who reportedly introduced […]
June 13, 2016

Marriage can wait

Marriage can wait: Syrian teen in Jordan sets sights on starry career Hind Bakri, a teenage Syrian refugee, dreams of becoming an astrophysicist despite economic and social pressures on her to marry. ZARQA, Jordan – As a teenager obsessed with science, Hind Bakri grew up scouring NASA’swebsite, reading about everything from exoplanets to black holes. It was there Bakri found an online questionnaire for astrophysicists interested in NASA scholarships. Seeing nothing to deter her, Bakri filled it out and clicked […]
June 7, 2016

A teenage girl set on fire as punishment in Pakistan

A 16-year-old girl was first kidnapped, drugged and then, set on fire in Pakistan. The shocking story badly shook the nation and everyone was curious to find out the real reason for killing. A number of stories appear on news related to women and how they suffer from their lives. But, this news created a layer of shock among teenagers and adults of every age. The story revealed that she helped her friend elope thus it became the prominent reason […]
June 2, 2016

18-year-old set on fire for refusing marriage proposal

An 18-year-old Pakistani schoolteacher died Wednesday from injuries after her body was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal, police said. The perpetrators beat Maria Abbasi, then drenched her in petrol and set her body ablaze before leaving her for dead. Maria was at home baby-sitting her 5-year-old sister while her family went to a funeral in a nearby town. The horror of what had happened set in Monday night when her family returned home to the village of […]