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The Lesser Sex

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ROME, Aug 24 (IPS) - Sakina's  glare is empty. Her defeated, glassy eyes scan the room passively. The subdued silence and withered frame expose her fragility.

Concern over Profit-Oriented Approach to Biodiversity in Latin America

Monday, August 22, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (IPS) - In July 2015, the Mexican government granted a U.S. corporation permission for the use of genetic material obtained in Mexican territory for commercial and non-commercial purposes, in one of the cases that has fuelled concern in Latin America about the profit-oriented approach to biodiversity.

US, EU Accused of Paying Lip Service to Global Arms Treaty

Monday, August 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which was aimed at curbing the flow of small arms and light weapons to war zones and politically-repressive regimes, is being openly violated by some of the world's arms suppliers, according to military analysts and human rights organizations.

Breaking the Silence on Gender-Blind Transport

Monday, August 22, 2016

ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In today's "Post-Feminist" world, it is time to pose a fundamental question. If we are really raking in the liberating outcomes of a "gender-just" 21st century, why do the vast majority of young girls and women, the world over, continuously refuse to speak out in the face of verbal, sexual and physical harassment on public transport?

The UN Must be at the Forefront of the fight for Civic Rights

Monday, August 22, 2016

BERLIN, Aug 22 (IPS) - The United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 provides the foundation for citizens' rights to participate in shaping their communities.

Humanitarian Crises: Business Called to Take a Lead

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Aug 17 (IPS) - With more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflicts, this year's Wold Humanitarian Day on August 19 will call on all governments and social sectors to work together to tackle this unprecedented human crisis.

Peruvians Say “No!” to Violence Against Women

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LIMA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Peruvians took to the streets en masse to reject violence against women, in what was seen as a major new step in awareness-raising in the country that ranks third in the world in terms of domestic sexual violence.

One Humanity? Millions of Children Tortured, Smuggled, Abused, Enslaved

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. Not only: 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty, and 263 million are out of school. And 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.

The Counter Narrative to Terror and Violence is Already Among Us

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (IPS) - The French philospher Voltaire once said that "if we believe in absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

Indiscriminate killing of self and innocent others, ostensibly in the name of some religion, is among the most absurd of beliefs. And rather than ceasing, the spiral of violence appears to know no end. There appears to be no locus, and no focus, beyond random killing.

Interview: The UN Security Council and North Korea's Nuclear Threat

Sunday, August 14, 2016

UNITED NATIONS / ROME, Aug 14 (IPS) - Ambassador Hahn Choong-hee, UN representative of the Republic of Korea, spoke with IPS about the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2270, which was unanimously adopted on 2 March 2016.

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