Afghan women protest school attack as Taliban cracks down | Taliban News

Dressed in a long black abaya with her face mask secured, university professor Zahra Mosawi walked the streets of the ancient Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif to denounce incessant attacks on the Shia Muslim minority. Mosawi, 28, carried with her a large yellow placard with the word “Azadi” – or freedom – scrawled across it as … Read more

UN condemns ‘callous’ suicide attack on education centre — Global Issues

Dozens more were wounded at the Kaaj tuition centre, in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the western part of the capital, which the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted in a tweetis a Hazara and Shia-majority area. No group has yet claimed the attack, but affiliates of the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, have often … Read more

Delivering justice for abused child brides in The Comoros — Global Issues

Tackling this scourge was the theme of a recent UN event held during the opening session of the General Assembly, at which senior officials called for measures to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes. “I followed him into the house. I didn’t know he was going to rape me.” At just 13 … Read more

Poverty Impacts on Efforts to End Child Marriage, say Parliamentarians — Global Issues

Ricksani Alice, 19, who was married at a young age but is now back in school hoping to complete her education thanks to the Spotlight Initiative talks with UNFPA Gender Program Officer Beatrice Kumwenda at Tilimbike Safe Community Space in Chiludzi village, Dowa, Malawi on November 2, 2020. Credit: UNFPA ESARO by Cecilia Russell (johannesburg) … Read more

Taliban official calls for schools to be reopened for girls | Taliban News

Senior member of Afghanistan’s Taliban-run government urges rulers to reopen secondary schools for girls, saying ‘women must get education’. A senior member of the Taliban-run government in Afghanistan has called on the country’s new rulers to reopen schools for girls beyond the sixth year, saying there is no valid reason in Islam for the ban. … Read more

Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan — Global Issues

year after the Taliban takeover, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi is still in disbelief that she cannot go back to school. Once a dedicated student, Ms. Fasihi – like all girls of secondary school age – has been unable to return to the classroom due to rules imposed by the country’s de facto leadership. “It is not … Read more

Qatar fund launches initiative to support conflict-affected women | Women News

Women in Conflict Zones seeks to empower women in conflict areas through humanitarian aid and developmental assistance. The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), along with other strategic partners, has launched a new global initiative that will back the empowerment of women and girls in conflict-affected areas through humanitarian aid and developmental assistance. The programme, called … Read more

The New Cold War Over Access To Safe Abortion in Kenya — Global Issues

opinion by Stephanie Musho, Ritah Anindo Obonyo (nairobi) Thursday, September 22, 2022 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Sep 22 (IPS) – Fatuma is a 24 year old girl from Korogocho, an informal settlement in Nairobi. She died in December 2021, from complications arising from an unsafe abortion. Her friend dela and a few of her neighbors … Read more

Photos: Iran protests spread as internet curbed | Protests News

Nationwide protests have continued in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained for what the country’s morality police deemed “immodest clothing”. The protests continued for the fifth day on Wednesday, including in the capital, Tehran. Amini’s death has unleashed anger over issues including restrictions on freedoms in Iran and an economy … Read more

Sex abuse allegations against aid workers in South Sudan UN camp | Sexual Assault News

Malakal, South Sudan – Accounts of sexual abuse committed by aid workers at a camp run by the UN in South Sudan first surfaced in 2015, two years after the country’s civil war erupted. Seven years on, such reports have not only continued, but they have increased recently, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and … Read more