Chicago Teachers Awarded Damages for Pregnancy Discrimination

Eight women who were fired from their teaching positions following the announcements of their pregnancies will receive nearly $300,000 in damages and back pay. In a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Board of Education late last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) claimed the principal of Chicago's Scammon Elementary School fired, threatened to fire, and evaluated poorly the performances of pregnant teachers, with the Board consenting to as many as six of the resulting firings. The Chicago … [Read more...]

Saudi Arabian Women cast their first votes in the country’s history

Women in Saudi Arabia have cast their first votes in the country's history, in municipal elections. Women were also standing as candidates, another first, despite the conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive. A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. Female candidates have had to speak behind a partition while campaigning or be represented by a man. Turnout was high, state media reported. About 130,000 women … [Read more...]

Independence Day in United States, July 4th celebrated!

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States. The True Meaning of Independence The Declaration stated unequivocally: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable … [Read more...]

Water, Women required to Manage

The 'Water Crisis' is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), and the #8 global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within 10 years) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2015. 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water; approximately one in nine people. More than twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand … [Read more...]

Farheen Khan, Mississauga Centre

As the only candidate born and raised in Mississauga, Farheen has the vision, passion, and experience to fix Ottawa and stand up for our Canadian values. Coming from a long line of patriots, her family has always been at the forefront of defending our country. Her dad worked for the Toronto Police, her grand uncle was a Staff Sergeant for the Toronto Police, and her sister was a Master Corporal in the Reserves with the Canadian Armed Forces. Now Farheen is standing up to make sure Ottawa … [Read more...]

World Malaria Day, April 25

On April 25th people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For half the world every day is malaria day - a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. This website is a communication and advocacy platform for civil society north and south to showcase your work , share resources , engage in dialogue, contribute views, ideas and events to mobilise the world against malaria. Key Facts In 2013, there were 198 million cases, and 584 000 … [Read more...]

North Korea defector Yeomi Park is Taking Action!

“Kim Jong Un doesn’t like me at all,” says 21-year-old defector from North Korea Yeonmi Park captivated the audience with her remarkable story of survival trekking through the Gobi Desert “Kim Jong Un doesn’t like me at all,” said Yeonmi Park, a 21-year-old North Korean defector turned activist. Talk about an understatement. But this was just one lighthearted line during a moving, tearful discussion on the second night of the Women in the World Summit featuring the dynamic Park, LiNK … [Read more...]

UN Social Media Day, JAN 30 – #SocialUN

Interested in digital diplomacy? The first-ever UN Social Media Day is happening this Friday at UN Headquarters in NYC! Social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners, academics and experts will share their experiences, discuss trends, showcase best-practices, and provide insights into their work. The first “UN Social Media Day” will take place at UN Headquarters in Conference Room 3 on Friday 30 January 2015. All are invited to join the conversation online by using the … [Read more...]

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MMITRA MOM

I joined mMitra program, of ARMMAN and MAMA, in September and since then I have had the opportunity of meeting several of our young pregnant subscribers. They hope for a healthy baby and a fulfilling motherhood like any of us, but their circumstances put them at risk. Although they come from varied backgrounds, the fact that they do not have access to health information and services binds them together. The story below is an archetype based on several different women in the program that captures … [Read more...]

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