ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: China's Unwanted Girls

  ADELE BUTLER - Women of Spirit       China's Unwanted Girls   Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and this morning I heard on The Current that there has been some progress in women’s fight for equality but there is still much to be done. I just read the same thing on Yahoo News. "The last century has seen an unprecedented expansion of women's legal rights and entitlements," Bachelet said, pointing to virtually universal voting rights for women, major inroads for … [Read more...]

Avaaz, ‘We are all Syrians now‏…’

Dear friends, Assad’s ruthless massacre of civilians in his attempt to crush the Syrian Spring is escalating. But a new international coalition led by Arab League members is meeting in 4 days and is our best hope to stop the bloodshed. Avaaz has a seat at the table and can bring the voices of world citizens directly to decision-makers.Let's call on the coalition to end the violence now: With each passing day, Syria's crackdown on democracy protesters reaches new levels of … [Read more...]

Avaaz.org – Urgent: Hours for Palestine‏

Dear Amazing Avaaz community, Emergency -- within hours, President Abbas will decide whether to stand up to US pressure and let the world vote on Palestinian statehood, or leave New York with nothing achieved. Let's flood our governments with phone calls and messages telling them to stand behind Abbas, and send a massive wave of support to him to stand strong -- it will be delivered by an Avaaz flotilla of ships that will sail past the UN tomorrow morning: Today, Palestine's … [Read more...]

No Fly Zone in Lybia – Emma Ruby-Sachs, Avaaz.org

The UN Security Council will decide in 48 hours whether to impose a no-fly zone on Libya's deadly air force to stop attacks on civilians. United global pressure from people around the world has helped push the Council to a unified position before -- we need it now:   As Qaddafi's jets drop bombs on the Libyan people, the UN Security Council will decide in 48 hours whether to impose a no-fly zone to keep the government's warplanes on the ground. Together, we've sent 450,000 emails to the UN … [Read more...]

UN Study – Greater Action needed to include Women in Peacekeeping

      Greater Action needed to include women in peacekeeping – UN study     Female police officers serving in UN peacekeeping operations in Haiti  February 2011 – Ten years after the Security Council called for greater involvement of women in peacebuilding, United Nations peacekeeping missions have a mixed record and need to deploy greater efforts to reach the goal, according to a study launched yesterday.   “The impact study is a call to action to the senior leadership of … [Read more...]

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