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  1. Q&A: Creating a Safe Space for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation in the Aid Sector

    Sunday, October 28, 2018

    KAMPALA, Oct 28 (IPS) - Wambi Michael speaks on INGVILD SOLVANG, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Global Lead on Gender and Social Development on safeguarding staff against sexual harassment and exploitation.How to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment in the aid sector is a question that has come to the forefront in the past year as allegations of sexual harassment and abuse have been made against both Oxfam and United Nations officials.

  2. LGBT Violence and Discrimination is “Disastrous”

    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 27 (IPS) - Transgender and gender-diverse people are facing unprecedented levels of violence and discrimination around the world and states must act to ensure they are not left behind, said a United Nations rights expert.

  3. Trump and Bolsonaro: Alarming Similarities

    Saturday, October 27, 2018

    BRASILIA, Oct 27 (IPS) - The author of this opinion piece is Brent Millikan, Geographer and Director of International Rivers - BrazilObserving recent political developments in the United States and Brazil, there are clearly similarities between the phenomena of 'Trumpism' and 'Bolsonarism' that do not seem to be a mere coincidence.

  4. Africa’s Bumpy Road to Sustainable Energy

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 (IPS) - Eleni Mourdoukoutas, Africa Renewal*

    For years, Kenyans freely used and disposed of plastic bags. The bags were ubiquitous—in the markets, in the gutters and in the guts out of 3 out of every 10 animals taken to slaughter.

  5. With Poor Human Rights Record, Repatriation Not Possible

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 26 (IPS) - Policies that allow for impunity, genocide, and apartheid are "intolerable" and make repatriation of Rohingya refugees impossible, say United Nations investigators.

  6. The value of a health scheme

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    PHILADELPHIA, Oct 26 (IPS) - The challenges for the success of Ayushman Bharat are more than just at the financial and infrastructural level

    On September 24, the government launched the grand government-funded healthcare scheme, the Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). While some see its ambitious goals as its main strength, others are sceptical given the inadequate funding for the scheme, the weak infrastructure of primary health care centres, and the time required for the goals to be accomplished. However, nobody disputes the imperative of an insurance scheme as vast as the PMJAY, since every year about 36 million families, or 14% of households, face a medical bill that is equal to the entire annual living expenses of one member of the family. This frequently pushes many families into penury.

  7. Kashmir's Fisherwomen Live Between Hope and Despair

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    SRINAGAR, India, Oct 25 (IPS) - Much has changed since Rahti Begum, a fisherwoman in Kashmir, now in her late 60s, first began wandering the streets with a bucketful of fish on her head. She was 17 when her father roped her into the business that became the source of her livelihood for the remainder of her life.

  8. African Union Makes Moves to Neutralise Africa’s Main Human Rights Body

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    JOHANNESBURG, Oct 25 (IPS) - David Kode is the Advocacy and Campaigns lead with global civil society alliance, CIVICUS.For many African activists based on the continent, getting to a major human rights summit just underway in The Gambia is likely to have been a challenging exercise. The journey by air from many African countries to the capital, Banjul, for the 63rd Session of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR), could have been prohibitively expensive, involved transiting through multiple cities and taken days.

  9. An Ounce of Democracy

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 (IPS) - Abdoulaye Mar Dieye is UN Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme SupportAs the old adage goes: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Nowhere is this more appropriate than when it comes to conflict. Violent conflict causes not only human suffering and destruction but robs entire societies of development and growth.

  10. Buenos Aires Shantytowns, Caught Between Exclusion and Hope

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Oct 24 (IPS) - "We are the people who are excluded from the system," says Rafael Rivero, sitting in his apartment in a new social housing complex next to one of the largest slums in Buenos Aires. The contrast sums up the complexity of the social reality in the Argentine capital.

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