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Together We are Stronger Against Police Violence

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Mar 22 (IPS) - As a relative of a young man killed by the police in Kingston, Jamaica, many people have asked me how my family copes with the pain, with having lost a part of us, with the immense frustration of not having found justice for Nakiea.

New Approach Needed for Peace in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NEW YORK, Mar 22 (IPS) - When the United States went to war in Afghanistan in 2001, the Taliban's despicable treatment of women was cited by First Lady Laura Bush as one of the main reasons for going to war. Yet, since that regime fell 15 years ago, the Afghan government has neither included women in the peacebuilding process, nor has it stemmed the endemic rate of violence against them.

No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - During the final exams of Spanish official high school of journalists, a student was asked by the panel of professors-examiners: If scientists discover that there is water in Planet Mars, how would you announce this news, what would be your title? The student did not hesitate a second: "There is life in Mars!" The student was graduated with the highest score.

‘Words of Fear and Loathing Can -and Do- Have Real Consequences’

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ROME, Mar 21 (IPS) - "Politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees. Words of fear and loathing can, and do, have real consequences," warns the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Three Times as Many Mobile Phones as Toilets in Africa

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Mar 21 (IPS) - Though key to good health and economic wellbeing, water and sanitation remain less of a development priority in Africa, where high costs and poor policy implementation constrain getting clean water and flush toilets to millions.

'Hate Group' Inclusion Shows UN Members Still Divided on LGBT Rights

Monday, March 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 (IPS) - A group designated as a hate group for its "often violent rhetoric" against LGBTI rights was an invited member of the United States Official Delegation to the annual women's meeting say rights groups.

Former Boko Haram Abductees Speak Out

Saturday, March 18, 2017

DUBAI, UAE, Mar 18 (IPS) - Though still fearful for her life and the safety of her family, one of the girls who escaped abduction by Boko Haram in Nigeria has appealed to global leaders to intervene and help bring back 195 schoolgirls still being held by the terrorist network.

‘Religious Discrimination, Fanaticism and Xenophobia Worsened’

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROME/GENEVA, Mar 18 (IPS) - Religious discrimination, fanaticism and xenophobia have worsened in several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North America, thus there is a need for alternatives to identify a common strategy to address these challenges, a Geneva-based think tank promoting global dialogue stated.

“The Struggle Continues” for Human Right to Peace and Inclusion of Women

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 (IPS) - UN officials and activists gathered to discuss the essential relationships between sustainable peace and gender equality during a two week-long UN meeting, begining March 13.

Travel Restrictions Cast Shadow on UN Women’s Meeting: Rights Groups

Thursday, March 16, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16 (IPS) - Increasing travel restrictions have prevented delegates from attending this year's UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), according to several women's rights groups.

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