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Melinda Gates Discusses The Power Of Mothers

Huffington Post: Bring Every Good Thing to Our Children Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kathy Calvin, president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation “…Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world. Whenever I…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of its “She Builds” campaign. Devex: Much has been done, but far from enough Jan Mattsson, executive director of UNOPS “Sustainable development and gender equality are two sides of the same coin. The international community cannot reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals, nor…

U.K. Aims To Advance Women’s Human Rights By Eliminating FGM, Child Marriage

Devex: Girls and women transforming their future Justine Greening, U.K. secretary of state for international development “…In too many communities and countries, simply being born a girl is enough to define and limit what you can achieve in your life. If we are to give girls and women a chance…

Huffington Post Examines Final Document Of U.N. Women’s Commission

Huffington Post: U.N. Women’s Conference Does Well on Sexual Rights But Gays Lose Out “Usually one searches for all the good proposals that were deleted or changed in the annual U.N. women’s conference that helps set the agenda for the world body. This year the end result was relatively positive.…

Women’s Rights Activists Applaud Outcome Of U.N. Commission On Women

Huffington Post: United Nations Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Promote Gender Equality Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “After two weeks of intense negotiations, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women ended early Saturday morning with a strong call to prioritize gender…

HIV-Positive Widows Must Have Property Rights To Ensure ‘Safety And Survival’

The Guardian: HIV-positive widows in Kenya fight for their land rights Gina Alvarado, gender and evaluation specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) “…The [HIV] epidemic, in combination with women’s lack of land rights, has resulted in a growing number of widows being cast aside by their…

UNHCR Releases Videos Detailing Women’s Stories Of FGM

Huffington Post: U.N. Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights…” (Couch, 3/24).

U.N. Commission On Women Approves Declaration Promoting Gender Equality

News outlets report on the final declaration approved on Saturday by the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N. document promotes equality for women “After two weeks of heated debate, liberal and conservative countries early Saturday approved a U.N. document to promote equality for women that…

Rights Activists In Mozambique Dispute Law Allowing Rapists To Marry Victims

Agence France-Presse: Outrage as Mozambique keeps law allowing rapists to wed victims “Rights activists in Mozambique Thursday marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims…” (Jackson, 3/20).