Suzanne Maloney, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

Senior Fellow Suzanne Maloney discusses how one “big bet” — bridling Iran’s nuclear ambitions — will be a defining factor in the Obama administration’s second term. Suzanne, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where her research focuses on energy, economic reform and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. She studies Iran, the political economy of the Persian Gulf and Middle East energy policy. A former U.S. State Department policy advisor, … [Read more...]

De-bunking Mideast Myths: Sara Mohamed on Arab Women in Business

Lorre White - WOMAN of ACTION™ reports: Sara Mohamed on Arab Women in Business … [Read more...]

Palestine as the world’s 194th state!!!

Avaazers, it's time to celebrate!   UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and they have no unified army or police. In an extraordinary lineup of international support, more than two-thirds of the world body's 193 member states approved the … [Read more...]

ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Mafraq, Jordan – Clinic with female gynecologist

ZA'ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Mafraq, Jordan — As a way to address both health needs and cultural sensitivities, UNFPA is supporting a reproductive health clinic with a female gynecologist in the Za'atari camp for Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan. Some 27,000 Syrian refugees are now living in the camp. Many are women who feel more at ease in seeing a female doctor, especially when dealing with reproductive health issues. Buthaina, for instance, was in her ninth month of pregnancy when … [Read more...]

GAZA – Home visits are saving newborns

Post-natal home visits improve newborn survival in Gaza A nurse is conducting a post-natal home visit in Gaza. GAZA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, June 2012 – Every year, an estimated 1,600 babies die in the first four weeks of life in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Most of these newborns deaths could be prevented if mothers and newborns’s health was systematically evaluated, and if young mothers received advice on how to best care for their children. To improve newborn … [Read more...]

Dr. Sharifa Sharif – ‘A Small Story’ + HBO Documentary Dates

Imprisoned of Love In Afghanistan the Islamic laws deny women the right to have sex before marriage. Conventional punishment for sex outside marriage is stoning to death. You may recall the brutal and graphic images of a few cases which have caught the media attention. In Afghanistan, this religious regulation has extended its implication to social and cultural norms where free socialization of boys and girls is considered immoral. Although nowadays, women and men work together in … [Read more...]

Afghanistan, Empowering Women for Rural Health

Empowering Women for Rural Health More than 21,000 community health workers provide better access to health services for rural families in Afghanistan. Istalef, Kabul Province, Afghanistan   Empowering Women for Rural Health Success Story Dr. Suraya Dalil, Acting Minister of Public Health and Dr. Laurent Zessler, UNFPA Representative to Afghanistan at a joint press conference held in 2010 on UNFPA's US$6.1 million assistance to the Ministry of Public Health for support to … [Read more...]

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