News headlines in April 2015

  1. Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    SAN SALVADOR, Apr 30 (IPS) - International and local human rights groups are carrying out an intense global campaign to get El Salvador to modify its draconian law that criminalises abortion and provides for prison terms for women.

  2. Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees. Ahead of her, a group of men hastens to clear away the brambles from stone pillars that stand at scattered intervals throughout this dense forest in the Nayagarh district of India's eastern Odisha state.

  3. Opinion: Don’t Sell Sweden’s Vattenfall, Keep Coal in the Ground

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    STOCKHOLM, Apr 30 (IPS) - The Swedish government is in the process of pondering an important decision -- whether to sell the vast lignite reserves of the state-owned Vattenfall energy giant or ensure that they stay in the ground. The decision will define Sweden's commitment to tackling climate change.

  4. In Nicaragua Marriage Is Only for ‘Him’ and ‘Her’

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    MANAGUA, Apr 29 (IPS) - A new Family Code that went into effect in Nicaragua this month represents an overall improvement in terms of the rights of Nicaraguans. However, it has one major gap: it fails to recognise same-sex marriage, and as a result it closes the doors to adoption by gay couples.

  5. Deadline Looms for NGOs to Apply for ECOSOC Status

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 (IPS) - The NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations is calling on non-governmental organisations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to be considered by the 2016 NGO Committee.

  6. Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Pledge Resonates in Far-Off Zambia

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    NEW YORK, Apr 29 (IPS) - Nigeria's president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing 20 billion dollars allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration.

  7. U.N. Staffers Secure at Home, Moving Targets Overseas

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 (IPS) - When the United Nations spent over 2.2 billion dollars refurbishing its ageing 65-year-old Secretariat building, one of its primary goals was to strengthen security to prevent any violent attacks on the glass house by New York city's East River.

  8. Q&A: Comprehensive Ban on Nuclear Testing, a Stepping Stone to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World?

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 (IPS) - With the four-week-long review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) underway at the United Nations, hopes and frustrations are running equally high, as a binding political agreement on the biggest threat to humanity hangs in the balance.

  9. Campaign Against Glyphosate Steps Up in Latin America

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  10. Opinion: Continuing the Centennial Work of Women and Citizen Diplomacy in Korea

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    NEW YORK, Apr 28 (IPS) - A century ago, the suffragist Jane Addams boarded a ship with other American women peace activists to participate in a Congress of Women in The Hague.