Egypt Islamists Say UN Women Text Threat to Society

Governments and NGOs from around the world are to wrap up two weeks of discussions in New York on ways to end violence against women and children with the aim of reaching a consensus by Friday. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned that a UN document demanding global standards to prevent violence against women is un-Islamic … Read more

UN Member States Agree to ‘Historic’ Statement on Women

Muslim and western nations overcame deep divisions to agree a historic United Nations declaration setting out a code of conduct for combating violence against women. Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations agreed to language stating that violence against women and girls could not be justified by “any custom, tradition or religious consideration.” Western nations, particularly from … Read more

Malala’s ‘Education First’ Speech at UN Offers Message of Peace

NEW YORK CITY, July 12, 2013 (AFP) – Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai vowed Friday not to be silenced by terrorists in a powerful speech to the United Nations on her first public appearance since being shot by the Taliban. “They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed,” Malala said on her 16th … Read more

Thousands in Lebanon Shout Down Domestic Violence

Women hold portraits to denounce domestic violence during a rally on the “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2014, in front of the National Museum in the capital Beirut. The “International Women’s Day” dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. By Rana MOUSSAOUI … Read more

Malala in peace move after Nobel win with India’s Satyarthi

By Sören BILLING OSLO, October 10, 2014 (AFP) – Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, made a high-level peacemaking move after sharing the award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi for championing children’s rights. The 17-year-old girls’ education activist — who heard of her win during a … Read more