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Ending Gender-Based Violence Key to Health and Well-Being

Friday, March 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and STIs, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatised and under-reported.

The World Faces a Historic Opportunity to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Friday, March 24, 2017

VIENNA/Oxford/LONDON, Mar 24 (IPS) - Nuclear weapons are once again high on the international agenda, and experts note that the risk of a nuclear detonation is the highest since the Cold War.

A Carbon Law to Protect the Climate

Friday, March 24, 2017

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 24 (IPS) - The Carbon Law says human carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions must be reduced by half each decade starting in 2020. By following this "law" humanity can achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century to protect the global climate for current and future generations.

Under Fire, Journalism Explores Self-Preservation

Friday, March 24, 2017

PARIS, Mar 24 (IPS) - With widespread attacks on professional journalists and the rise of a fake-news industry, media experts agree that journalism is increasingly under fire. But how can the press fight back and ensure its survival?

New Tuberculosis Drugs May Become Ineffective: Study

Friday, March 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - New antibiotics that could treat tuberculosis may rapidly become ineffective, according to new research published by the Lancet ahead of World Tuberculosis Day.

Free Education Helps Combat Child Labour in Fiji

Friday, March 24, 2017

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 24 (IPS) - In the South Pacific nation of Fiji, free and compulsory education, introduced three years ago, in association with better awareness and child protection measures, is helping to reduce children's vulnerability to harmful and hazardous forms of work.

New Recipe for School Meals Programmes in Latin America

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SAN JOSE, Mar 23 (IPS) - Sunita Daniel remembers what the school lunch programmes were like in her Caribbean island nation, Saint Lucía, until a couple of years ago: meals made of processed foods and imported products, and little integration with the surrounding communities.

Women and Tribal Leaders Call for “Balanced” Libyan Peace Process

Thursday, March 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 (IPS) - A delegation of Libyan tribal leaders and women leaders has called on the UN to take a balanced approach to the Libyan peace process.

Menstrual Hygiene Project Keeps Girls in School

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DHAKA, Mar 23 (IPS) - Breaking taboos surrounding menstruation, a project to distribute sanitary napkins to girls in one district of Bangladesh has had a positive impact on school dropout rates – and should be replicated in other parts of the country, experts say.

Local Solutions to Rebuild Oldest Cuban City in Hurricane Matthew's Wake

Thursday, March 23, 2017

BARACOA, Cuba, Mar 23 (IPS) - Clearings with fallen trees in the surrounding forests, houses still covered with tarpaulins and workers repairing the damage on the steep La Farola highway are lingering evidence of the impact of Hurricane Matthew four months ago, in the first city built by the Spanish conquistadors in Cuba.

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