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By Girls, For Girls – Nepal's Teenagers Say No to Child Marriage

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BAJURA, Nepal, Mar 04 (IPS) - If not for a group of her school friends coming to her rescue, Shradha Nepali would have become a bride at the tender age of 14.

Opinion: Let’s Grant Women Land Rights and Power Our Future

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

BONN, Mar 04 (IPS) - Women are not only the world's primary food producers. They are hardworking and innovative and, they invest far more of their earnings in their families than men. But most lack the single most important asset for accessing investment resources – land rights.

Syrians “Have No Faith” in International Community to Solve Human Rights Crisis

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 04 (IPS) - Syrian citizens "have no faith" in the international community to solve the chaos and war raging across their country, according to a prominent human rights defender.

Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

MAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 04 (IPS) - Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It's a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message. Yet to the farmer from the village of Janampet, located 150 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, it symbolises a wealth of knowledge that changed her life.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Booms on Chinese Social Media

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 04 (IPS) - Despite a major online crackdown on the sale of illegal wildlife products in China, merchants are still peddling their wares in a thriving social media market.

Tackling Ebola: Give Autonomy to Local African Communities, Says International Rescue Committee

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Recommendations on how to eradicate Ebola and avoid future outbreaks were released in a report on Tuesday by the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women's Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.

Gaza Reconstruction, Hampered by Israeli Blockade, May Take 100 Years, Say Aid Agencies

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Despite all the political hoopla surrounding an international pledging conference in Cairo last October to help rebuild Gaza, the reconstruction of the Israeli-devastated territory is apparently moving at the pace of paralytic snail.

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