News headlines in February 2012, page 3

  1. Index Offers Improved Method to Gauge Women's Progress

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    If an organisation wants to monitor how its projects in the developing world are affecting women in specific areas of female empowerment, it probably can't, as it lacks the proper tools. But a new system, the 'Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index', is working to change that.

  2. Q&A: Where Abusing Women Is 'An Accepted Norm'

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Violence, torture and other forms of cruel treatment are on the rise for women in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

  3. U.S.: Obama's 2013 Budget Slashes Aid for Working Families

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    The federal budget for fiscal year 2013 proposed by President Barack Obama severely cuts aid for working families by targeting at least two programmes, the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA), that aid the nation's most vulnerable working families.

  4. Chile’s Earthquake Reconstruction Hindered by Delays and Profiteering

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Two years after the earthquake and tsunami in south-central Chile, the worst natural disaster to hit the country in half a century, thousands of families who saw their homes destroyed are still waiting for a solution.

  5. Airwaves Cut Distances in Rural Peru

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    The Onda Rural communication for development initiative in Peru has come up with a range of strategies to get information out to remote villages, to help them with decision-making on questions like climate change adaptation or disaster preparedness.

  6. GHANA: Father’s Fight to Save Daughter from Genital Mutilation

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    When Jack Sabadgou left Ghana for Switzerland 10 years ago, he left his infant daughter behind to be raised by her mother. Now he wants his child back, and he is running out of time in a bid to save her from the banned traditional practice of female genital mutilation.

  7. Africa’s Urban Slum Children Among Most Disadvantaged

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Each day after school, nine-year-old Nelly Wangui hurries home with a bundle of firewood balanced on her head. The paper bag in which she carries her schoolbooks sits precariously on top of the stack and every now and then she reaches out to ensure that her books have not fallen down.

  8. Eastern Caribbean Seeks Funds for Green Growth

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    As developing countries urgently seek new sources of financing to cope with problems linked to climate change, delegates from the nine-nation Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) met here last week to evaluate potential funds and outline a more concrete vision of what is required for the subregion.

  9. PARAGUAY: Land Conflicts Threaten to Boil Over

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    A group of landless families occupying rural property claimed by large landowners in eastern Paraguay agreed to move to the Ñacunday National Park, defusing a tense situation.

  10. Social Unrest on the Rise in Southern Chile

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    The police have cracked down hard on demonstrators in the southern Chilean region of Aysén, who have been protesting the area's isolation and high local prices of fuel and food for the past two weeks.