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  1. Activists Spotlight Education for Development and Rights

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    BELGRADE, Apr 19 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which was the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and which took place in Belgrade, April 8-12.

    Bridge 47, a Finland-based organisation created "to bring people together to share and learn from each other", put global citizenship education (GCED) centre-stage at a recent annual meeting of civil society.

  2. Women in Ethiopia Still Struggle Despite Leadership in Government

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    ADDIS ABABA, Apr 19 (IPS) - Bethlehem Mengistu is WaterAid Country Director in Ethiopia

    Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country's government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors.

  3. UN’s Empty Promises to World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    Apr 19 (IPS) - Tupac Enrique Acosta is a member of the Nahuatl Nation and serves as firekeeper for the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place 22 April 3 May 2019. The theme of the session will be: "Traditional knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection"The United Nations, as in so many other areas, gives lip service in support of Indigenous issues while lacking the political will and enforcement power over individual member states to comply with the protection of fundamental human rights for the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world.

  4. Empowering Girls Through Sport

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - For too long, women and girls have been excluded from the playing field—literally. But now, many are paving the way in the fight against gender inequality through sports.

  5. Egypt’s Food Challenge: a Good Effort but Not Enough

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    CAIRO, Apr 18 (IPS) - "Unfortunately the overall nutritional panorama of Egypt does not look well," says Dr. Sara Diana Garduno Diaz, an expert concentrating on nutrition and biology at the American University of the Middle East. Diaz's research focuses on dietary patterns and ethnic-associated risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

  6. Trump’s Veto Will Trigger More US Arms to Kill Civilians in Yemen

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 (IPS) - President Donald Trump's decision to veto a bi-partisan Congressional resolution to end US military involvement in a devastating Saudi-led four-year conflict in Yemen-- is expected to escalate the ongoing war in the trouble-plagued region.

  7. “A Question of Life or Death”

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Apr 18 (IPS) - The mining industry is one of the world's most dangerous industries. Globally, the death toll is at least 14,000 workers per year. But how many lives are actually lost is something that neither trade unions, national governments or the United Nations know.

  8. Climbing the Coconut Value Chain in the Pacific

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    PORT VILA, Apr 18 (IPS) - Josephine Latu-Sanft is Senior Communications Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat.

    In the Pacific, coconut is king. Known as the ‘tree of life’, locals make use of every part of the tree to survive – the fruit for eating, husks for fuelling fires, fronds for making multiuse baskets, and the trunk for building houses.

  9. Lessons From China: Fostering Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction

    Thursday, April 18, 2019

    ROME, Apr 18 (IPS) - As China has moved from a poor isolated country to a major player in the world economic and political sphere, developing countries need to learn how to engage.  

  10. 'You Cannot Muzzle the Media': Nigerian Journalists on Press Freedom under Buhari

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 17 (IPS) - Jonathan Rozen is Africa Research Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for voters to let them "continue" their work and take the country to the "Next Level."

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