Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stoning a women for adultery in Iran- Who will stand up for Human Rights?

TEHRAN, Iran — A local judiciary official says an Iranian woman sentenced to death on an adultery conviction will be executed either by stoning or hanging.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani had been sentenced to death by stoning, but that sentenced was believed to have been suspended in July after an international outcry over the case.

Malek Ajdar Sharifi, the head of justice department of East Azerbaijan province where Ashtiani is in prison, was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Sunday as saying judicial authorities are still discussing whether to execute Ashtiani by stoning or by hanging.

Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and sentenced to death by stoning. She was later convicted of being an accessory to the murder of her husband.

Celebrities including Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and Sting have called on Iran to release a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.


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Women running for office?

What will it take to make a woman president?

Editor’s Note: Marianne Schnall is a journalist whose writings and interviews have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Women’s Media Center, Glamour Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is also the co-founder and executive director of, as well as the co-founder of the environmental Her new book is titled  “Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.”

By Marianne Schnall, Special to CNN

It has been three years since we applauded Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” during the 2008 presidential campaign. However, there has been little progress for women inWashingtonto celebrate since then. In fact, the current statistics on women’s representation in theU.S.government are pretty shocking: while women make up almost 51% of theU.S.population, they are only about 17% of Congress. TheUnited Statesranks 90th in the world in terms of women in national legislatures, behind countries such asCuba,China,IraqandAfghanistan. Heading into the 2012 election, there seems to not only be an absence of female leadership, but some discouraging trends, like that 17% – last year, for the first time in 30 years, the percentage of women in the House of Representatives actually went down.

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to some pioneering and influential women – political leaders, business executives, publishers and thinkers – and I asked them why they believe women have made such little momentum inWashingtonjust four years after having a near presidential contender – and what we can do to get more women into the pipeline of political leadership.

Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, first female Speaker of the House

“As I’ve said before, you can lose the election but win the campaign, because even by running you’ve asserted your strength and authority. In her historic run for president, Hillary Clinton certainly helped crack what I like to call the ‘marble ceiling,’ which has largely kept women from the halls of power for hundreds of years.


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