Posts Tagged ‘Women’s rights’

Taliban bans beauty parlours – they cause economic hardship

Thursday, July 27th, 2023

It has been reported that the Taliban has banned beauty parlours in Afghanistan, preventing women from engaging in this business or visiting such establishments for self-care. This controversial move has sparked public outcry and raised concerns about the rights and freedoms of women in the country. In a video clip Sadiq Akif Mahzar, a spokesperson Read more

Vatican State news supports gender equality in Afghanistan

Monday, July 24th, 2023
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The Vatican state newspaper, Osservatore Romano, has come out in favour of gender equality in Afghanistan. On 20 July, the newspaper dedicated its front page to condemning the Taliban’s decree that all Afghanistan’s beauty centres must close down. The beauty centre closure is a complete shutdown. The Taliban decree is likely to negatively affect thousands Read more

China Passes New Women’s Protection Law: Key Takeaways for Employers

Thursday, November 10th, 2022

On October 30, 2022, the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, passed the revised Law on the Protection of Women’s Rights and Interests (hereinafter referred to as the “Women’s Protection Law”). The amended Women’s Protection Law, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, added nearly 30 new provisions Read more

Women working in the Vatican have improved things

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Speaking to reporters on the plane returning from a four-day trip to Bahrain, Pope Francis, Sunday, praised the women he has appointed to managerial jobs in the Vatican. They have had improved things there, he said. One he mentioned by name was Sister Raffaella Petrini, who as the deputy governor of Vatican City is effectively Read more

Religious abortion-rights advocates prepare next steps

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Religious abortion-rights advocates in the US are planning their next move following the judgement against the right to abortion. One advocate is Jody Rabhan, chief policy officer for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). She and other members of her organisation are “absolutely devastated, shocked and angry,” she says. “This is not the end. Read more

New Zealand Family Court fails UN review

Monday, March 15th, 2021

A United Nations (UN) women’s rights committee review found New Zealand’s Family Court is failing to address the “obstruction of justice” for domestic violence victims. The Family Court must make changes to ensure women and children are safe, the women’s rights committee says. The UN committee also says it regrets New Zealand had chosen not Read more

Equal rights campaign wants more women in Church leadership roles

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

A women’s group aimed at promoting equal rights within the Church and more leadership roles for female Catholics has launched a new campaign. The Overcoming the Silence campaign encourages women to be more assertive in making their voices heard. The Church must elevate women to leadership positions if it is to restore trust following sexual Read more

Catholic missionary says women critical to Afghanistan’s future

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Afghanistan’s future depends on women. The most active people are women, They are the bearers of a positive vision of the country’s future, says Barnabite Fr. Giuseppe Moretti, who was a missionary in Afghanistan for 25 years. “They are very intelligent and have a more open mentality than men. They try to fight slavery with Read more

Neo-liberalism toxic, and a tragedy for women – Dame Anne Salmond

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

If women have to act like men in order to be leaders, that’s the “ultimate defeat”, according to Dame Anne Salmond. The writer and anthropologist was the keynote speaker at the Women of Influence Forum 2018 held in Auckland on Tuesday. She said working environments based on short-term contracts, often poorly paid, where the risks and costs Read more

Faith-based organisations can help promote the rights of women and children

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Fiji’s Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa,  believes faith-based organisations have a strong impact on the protection of the rights of women and children She has encouraged these organisations to educate their various groups and family members to eliminate social ills and discrimination against women. Vuniwaqa said she is looking to work closely with Read more