News headlines in November 2009, page 4

  1. RIGHTS: Nigeria Failing To End Discrimination Against Women

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985 without reservations. But few of its citizens have ever heard of the document. Day-to-day life for women in Nigeria is shaped less by international conventions than it is by the diverse cultures, traditions and religions found in the country.

  2. Q&A: CEDAW - Signed, Sealed and Largely Left on the Shelf

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Mauritania formally adopted the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in 2001, but in the eight years since, it has had limited effect on the status of women.

  3. SOUTH AFRICA: Legal Victory Offers Little Relief For Sex Workers

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    More than seven months after the Cape High Court ruled in favour of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), interdicting the police for harassment and arrests, sex workers are losing the daily battles against police and criminal elements on the streets.

  4. POLITICS-CAMBODIA: Duch Defence Pushes Self-Destruct Button

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    'I would ask the chamber to release me. Thank you.'

  5. SUDAN: Peace Agreement Proving Less Than Comprehensive

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ended one of Africa's longest and complex civil wars, with nominal agreement reached on security, wealth sharing, and governance issues. But there are renewed fears that conflict could erupt again in the country as divisions between the north and the south deepen.

  6. CLIMATE CHANGE: Angry Greenhouse Gas Victims Demand Action

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    ‘Angry’ is not the adjective that comes to mind when you first meet Nelly Damaris Chepkoskei.

  7. POLITICS-NAMIBIA: Waiting at the Polls

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    'We have been here since four in the morning, my baby is tired,' says Melisia Shinedhimha (24) outside the polling station in Okuruyangava, one of Windhoek’s poorest townships.

  8. ST. VINCENT: Govt Suffers Major Defeat Over New Constitution

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Even after he cast his vote in Wednesday's referendum, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was still singing the praises of the new constitution that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines parliament had passed by a two-thirds majority last month.

  9. EL SALVADOR: Declassified Docs Shed Light on Jesuits' Murders

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Thousands of pages of declassified U.S. documents shedding light on the 1989 murders of six prominent Jesuit clerics, their housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter in El Salvador could give a new twist to the case that opened in the Spanish courts in January.

  10. BOLIVIA: Women Clamour for Right to Land

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Despite major advances in land distribution in Bolivia, single, widowed and undocumented women in this South American country have little chances of owning rural lands due to the patriarchal traditions and customary practices of indigenous peoples, in violation of international instruments and conventions protecting women’s rights.