Women In the News

28
Apr
2013

Malalai Joya (Afghan Activist)

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By Ayaan Hirsi Alimalalai joya

To be a woman growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban and to survive is in itself a major feat.

To be so lucky as to become literate in a place where girls are shrouded and denied even fresh air is close to a miracle.

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27
Oct
2012

Rape Survivor Lisa Marie Iyotte Introduces President Obama

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native-american-women.jpgSusan notes: this introduction of US President Obama by Lisa Marie Iyotte is easily one of the bravest pieces of public speaking I have ever seen. It brought tears to my eyes. I was also impressed by the President's compassion and patience: he simply stood there with her, letting her be in the moment, fully experiencing her story as she told it.

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01
Dec
2011

Funny, She Doesn't Look Like An Arctic Explorer

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elham_al_qasimi.jpgFebruary 9, 2010, update from the Dubai Today show (weekdays 09:00 - 12:00 on Dubai 103.8):

Jessica Swann, broadcaster extraordinaire, and Mohammed Parham Awadhi, co-founder of Wild Peeta, interview 27-year-old Elham Al Qasimi, a United Arab Emirates National woman who intends to be become the first United Arab Emirates National, and thus also the first UAE National WOMAN, and the first Arab woman, to attempt reaching the North Pole unassisted and unsupported.

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05
Nov
2011

Marriage? There's No Rush Says New Site

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Article by Rachel Vasquez.

As she ran down the aisle, away from the man standing at the altar, cries of horror and embarrassment filled the air.

Her grandmother fainted when she discarded her veil, his parents held each other in disbelief, and the sound of the officiant’s bible hitting the floor echoed through the great Church’s abbey.

The bride is Brenna Smith, and that is a reoccurring nightmare she’s had plague her dreams for as long as she can remember.

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21
Oct
2011

Women Take to Streets in Yemen

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From CNN

Thousands of women demonstrated Monday in front of Yemen's foreign ministry in the capital, Sanaa, demanding U.N. intervention in the ongoing unrest in the Persian Gulf nation, residents and eyewitnesses said.

The protest comes a day after the first woman was killed in a demonstration against the government, according to opposition activists.

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18
Oct
2011

Crossed Legs Pave The Way In Columbia

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From The Freshoutlook

Officials agree to pave 163-year-old horse trail in romote Columbian town, ending three-month ‘crossed legs’ protest led by town’s women.

On June 22, around 300 women went on a three-month and 19-day strike; refusing to have sex with their partners until the government decided to pave the first half of the town’s horse trail.

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15
Oct
2011

Maria Goes To The North Pole To Educate Her Kids

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maria-conceicao.jpgSusan notes: this piece was originally posted in March 2011. It's now October 2011, and Maria is once again trying to raise money for "her kids," and The Dhaka Project - this time with a trek to Everest.

“The North Pole is out of my element, comfort zone and character, but there are people far worse off every day of their lives, compared to what I will go through for a few days.”

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07
Oct
2011

Kick-Ass Homecoming Queen

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the-kicking-queenFrom The New York Times.

In his 18 years at Pinckney Community High School, Jim Darga, the principal, said, the homecoming queen had always been crowned at halftime of the school’s football game. Never before, though, had she had to be summoned from the team’s locker room.

And that was just the beginning of Brianna Amat’s big night.

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05
Oct
2011

A Paid Job As A Mom Is Win/Win In India

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single-motherhoodFrom WomeneNews.

Twenty-one years ago Savita Mohanty chanced upon a job ad in a newspaper.

The work appeared to be emotionally demanding but she decided to apply anyway.

Today, she is mothering 11 orphaned and abandoned children between the ages of 8 and 13. Her address: Jeevan Jyoti, House No. 7, Greenfields, Faridabad.

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05
Oct
2011

Wall Of Death All In A Day's Work For Some

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defygravityFrom The Times of India: 

Not until she swings a leg across her bike does Salma Pathan, 21, transform into a picture of daring.

As the Maharashtra girl guns the bike hard to defy gravity in her climb to the top of the 'wall of death' (better known as 'well' of death here), she seems a blurry orange ball whirled around with an invisible string.

The audience at the Red Fort grounds feels dazed, but not Pathan, who adroitly plucks out tenners from tentative fingers.

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29
Sep
2011

Microsoft Pays Million Plus For Exec Silence

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Natalie AyresMicrosoft paid out “more than £1 million” to silence a female executive who was unfairly overlooked to become managing director of its business in Britain.

Natalie Ayres worked at the computer software company for 15 years, rising through its ranks to become the general manager of its “Small-Medium Enterprises and Partners Group”.

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23
Sep
2011

Young Rajasthani Women Show The Way

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When villagers see these two young sisters, Fatima and Jainab, teaching at a madrassa in this small village of Rajasthan's Barmer district, they hardly believe it.

Only a handful of men can boast of being educated in this village on the western extreme of the country.

Despite being women from a minority community, these two have not only completed 'Aaleema', a religious course considered equivalent to anything from Class 12 to graduation, but also work to the aim of bringing about 100 percent literacy among girls in the area!

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21
Sep
2011

Middle East Voice For Peace Silenced

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Middle East Voice For Peace Silenced From WomenseNews: An Israeli-Palestinian women's group that helped pioneer the push for a two-state solution fell apart in late 2010 under pressure of heightened hostilities.

Its demise highlights the scarcity of women in peace talks in this conflict and around the world.

A Palestinian-Israeli women's group that had been pushing for a two-state solution for Israel and the occupied territories can't offer any comment on the Palestinian Authority's push for statehood recognition at the United Nations this week.

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20
Sep
2011

Ugandan Women Lead Healing Process

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Ugandan Women Lead Healing ProcessThanks to Womens enews.

Women trying to rebuild life in northern Uganda are not yet safe enough for typical trauma counseling to be appropriate.

A U.S. charity finds it can still provide assistance by training local people who can then help survivors adapt, work and sleep.

Tragic events like terrorist attacks and natural disasters illustrate how strangers can come together selflessly and spontaneously, helping each other.

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20
Sep
2011

Afghan Police Women Want Out

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Afghan Police Women Want OutAsked about the rigors of being a female cop in this sparsely populated Afghan province, Fatima Tajik is blunt.

"We want to leave our jobs," Tajik tells her NATO mentor, U.S. Army Maj. Maria Rodriguez. "We are risking our lives for little money: $220 per month.

We also have families to take care of. All the women in Zabul hate us. Everyone hates us."

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