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In this special opinion piece, supermodel and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment Gisele Bündchen pens her experiences from her travels in Kenya

Opinion: Women breaking barriers to clean energy

By Gisele Bündchen New York (Women’s Feature Service) – Did you know how big an impact a simple wood-burning stove can have on a woman’s life? Stoves produce toxic smoke that harms the environment as well as human health. In fact, more people die from this smoke than malaria – globally, about 4.3 million every year. And that’s not all. ...

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Born a Maori, an indigenous New Zealand tribe, Beyer spent most of her youth working to become a recognised actor.

Being a transsexual is just a part of this New Zealand politician’s identity

Wellington (Women’s Feature Service) – A true force of nature – that’s how Georgina Beyer is popularly known in her country, New Zealand. Having braved criticism, discrimination and stereotypes to become the first openly transsexual Mayor in 1995 and then Member of Parliament (MP) in 2000, she has indeed paved a new path for the LGBT community across the globe. ...

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The Koragas were once powerful rulers in the south. Today, they are largely regarded as a sub-human race.

Surviving modernity: Matrilineal tribes lean on each other during tough times

[By Linda Chhakchhuak] Shillong (Women’s Feature Service) – ‘How are the Khasi-Jaintia-Garo (KJG) tribes resisting patriarchy? What is their secret of survival?’ These two questions were on the minds of Padma Mon and Padamvathi Ashok, researchers and activists from the Koraga tribe, one of the fast-fading matrilineal tribes of southern India, when they travelled from Karnataka all the way to ...

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Obama’s Speech in Kenya is a Huge Win for Gender Empowerment

This Sunday, President Obama addressed 5,000 Kenyans in Nairobi in a powerful speech aimed at Kenya’s democratic elements for success in the 21st century. His speech covered three main points focusing on empowering women, fighting terrorism and resisting corruption. Inspiring, motivational, bold and incredibly articulate, Obama did a fantastic job in sparking a desire for change when it comes to ...

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Nigeria Bans Female Genital Mutilation, But What’s Next?

Early May, outgoing Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan banned female genital mutilation (FGM) as one of his final acts as the leader of Nigeria. This new ban will hopefully reduce the number of cases of infertility, loss of sexual pleasure, and a variety of other health complications related to the practice. The ban also prohibits men from abandoning their spouses and ...

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In Manegaon, Baburao Sadashiv Bhajnavle displayed immense courage when he called off the wedding of his niece twice as neither groom was willing to give joint property ownership. (Credit: Suchismita Pai\WFS)

Meet Men Who Shun Dowry, Share Property With Their Wives

[By Suchismita Pai] Solapur (WFS) – The beautifully framed copy of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution may seem rather incongruous in the rustic home of Siddharam Bodre, resident of Sonalwadi village, but then this father of two daughters has taken the essence of its message to heart. The dusty little hamlet of Sonalwadi in Solapur district of Maharashtra would ...

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In India, irrespective of region, class, community or age,
married women are vulnerable to many forms of violence within the
confines of their homes.

A Never-ending Trial By Fire For Women Burn Survivors

[By Pushpa Achanta] Bengaluru (WFS) – ‘The stove exploded in the kitchen; scalding hot water fell on me by accident while I was making tea; I didn’t realise when my clothes caught fire while I was cooking…’ These are just some of the common explanations that women admitted to the burns ward of Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka’s state capital, give as ...

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Google celebrates Nellie Bly's 151st Birthday with a musical doodle

What Girls Are Good For: 20-Year-Old Nellie Bly’s 1885 Response to a Patronizing Chauvinist

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name, Nellie Bly, was a trailblazing journalist who not only paved the way for women in media at a time when women still didn’t have the right to vote, but also also championed the power of journalism as a tool of social justice. Maria Popova ...

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Women have struggled for political power since before independence. EPA/Jaipal Singh

Indian election ‘womanifesto’ and the battle for equal rights

By Sumita Mukherjee Over five weeks, 815m Indians will have the opportunity to choose a new government many hope will tackle inequality and corruption and lead the country to greater prosperity.The choice is ostensibly between two men: Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rahul Gandhi of the Congress Party. So how will India’s more than 200m women ...

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Bishesh Glam – a world within a world

[By Siddharth Haobijam] Bishesh Glam, located in a busy corner in Keishamphat in Imphal West, Manipur is just about two years old. The salon run by Bishesh Huirem, a well known male-to-female transgender, however, has changed the lives of many Nupi Maanbis (one who looks like a woman).

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