On the agenda today: Amid unemployment rates stuck in double digits and economic recession, housing prices in Pittsburgh rebound; Black women activists from decades ago continue to influence today’s demands for justice and equality; and confusing messages about the coronavirus in Pennsylvania have one wondering what’s safe. Tighter credit forRead More →

Activists victims of sexual violence, smear campaigns and threats “Governments must live up to their commitment to ensure that these activists can operate freely and safely” – Kumi Naidoo Governments around the world are failing to protect women human rights defenders from mounting attacks, Amnesty International said today. [29 November]Read More →

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 MINDSETTER™ Guest Maureen Martin View larger + Tarana Burke As Women’s History Month draws to a close, it’s a time to honor the outstanding achievements of women throughout history and celebrate the work that continues through various movements and organizations. One such movement, #MeToo, was foundedRead More →

Credit: Michael Goerlitz Fighting oppression is more effective through smaller, more individual grassroots movements, activists told Penn students Monday at a Perry World House panel to mark International Women’s Day earlier this month. . Four speakers from around the world discussed their personal experiences in the fight against sexual violenceRead More →

“The central issue of gender equality is a question of power,” he stressed, noting that we continue to live in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture. “Power is not given, power is taken”, he stressed, adding that we “have to step back” against resistance to change “because people doRead More →

GENEVA – Saudi Arabia is using its anti-terrorism laws to silence activists, including women, in violation of international law guaranteeing freedom of expression, United Nations human rights experts said on Monday. The kingdom’s attorney general has started preparing for the trials of the detainees, identified by watchdog groups as women’sRead More →

Last week the British Foreign Office celebrated the 70and anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights Day highlighting the courageous work of human rights defenders around the world. As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, however, UK government support for human rights defenders is virtually non-existent.Read More →

Women’s rights activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence organization in Tehran on September 1, 2018 and taken to an unknown location, the Center for Human Rights learned. Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Their arrest took place at their home threeRead More →

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities have arrested internationally recognized women’s rights activist Samar Badawi and Eastern Province activist Nassima al-Sadah in the past two days, Human Rights Watch said today. . Badawi and al-Sadah are the latest victims of an unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement that began onRead More →

If you haven’t already seen Recent column by Cleta Mitchell in the New York Times, it is a must-read. Mitchell, a Washington lawyer who represents conservative causes, joined the women’s movement in the early 1970s. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and, as a lawmaker in Oklahoma, supported abortionRead More →

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women’s rights activists condemned the Nigerian Senate on Thursday for rejecting a Gender and Equality Bill that pledged to eliminate discrimination in politics, education and employment , protect women’s land rights and combat violence against women. The Gender andRead More →

William Barnett, my paternal grandfather, came to America in 1910 and became a labor organizer with the International Cap Makers Union. Although William was enamored with his newfound freedoms in America and angered by the appalling working conditions of his fellow workers, my grandmother Lottie was not amused. With fourRead More →

Amid all the dissection of John F. Kennedy’s legacy this week, one achievement has gone largely unnoticed: her role in launching the modern women’s movement. To be sure, JFK’s record on women (especially in his personal life) was mixed, and his cabinet and political staff were overwhelmingly male. Nevertheless, inRead More →