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Sri Lanka’s Development Goals Fall Short on Gender Equality

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

COLOMBO, May 05 (IPS) - When Rosy Senanayake, Sri Lanka's minister of state for child affairs, addressed the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York last month, she articulated both the successes and shortcomings of gender equality in a country which prided itself electing the world's first female head of government: Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike in July 1960.

Urban Slums a Death Trap for Poor Children

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, May 05 (IPS) - It's called the urban survival gap – fuelled by the growing inequality between rich and poor in both developing and developed countries – and it literally determines whether millions of infants will live or die before their fifth birthday.

EU Calls for Paradigm Shift in Development Cooperation

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

BRUSSELS, May 05 (IPS) - In the run-up to the international Conference on Financing for Development from Jul. 13 to 16 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the European Union has called for a "true paradigm shift" in global development cooperation.

Opinion: The West and Its Self-Assumed Right to Intervene

Monday, May 04, 2015

ROME, May 04 (IPS) - The ‘West' is a concept that flourished during the Cold War. Then it was West against East in the form of the Soviet empire. The East was evil against which all democratic countries – read West – were called on to fight.

In India, a Broken System Leaves a ‘Broken’ People Powerless

Monday, May 04, 2015

NEW DELHI, May 04 (IPS) - As India paid glowing tributes to Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of its constitution and a champion of the downtrodden, on his 122nd birth anniversary last month, public attention also swivelled to the glaring social and economic discrimination that plagues the lives of lower-caste or ‘casteless' communities – who comprise over 16 percent of the country's 1.2 billion people.

Q&A: “People Need to Be at the Centre of Development”

Saturday, May 02, 2015

JAKARATA, May 02 (IPS) - In a populous archipelago nation like Indonesia, where 250 million live spread across some 17,500 islands, speaking over 300 languages, the question of development is a tricky one.

Unsafe Abortions Continue to Plague Kenya

Saturday, May 02, 2015

NAIROBI, May 02 (IPS) - She is just 14, but Janida avoids eye contact with others, preferring to look down at the ground and nodding her head if someone tries to engage her in conversation.

Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign

Thursday, April 30, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, Apr 30 (IPS) - International and local human rights groups are carrying out an intense global campaign to get El Salvador to modify its draconian law that criminalises abortion and provides for prison terms for women.

Watch What Happens When Tribal Women Manage India’s Forests

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NAYAGARH, India, Apr 30 (IPS) - Kama Pradhan, a 35-year-old tribal woman, her eyes intent on the glowing screen of a hand-held GPS device, moves quickly between the trees. Ahead of her, a group of men hastens to clear away the brambles from stone pillars that stand at scattered intervals throughout this dense forest in the Nayagarh district of India's eastern Odisha state.

In Nicaragua Marriage Is Only for ‘Him’ and ‘Her’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MANAGUA, Apr 29 (IPS) - A new Family Code that went into effect in Nicaragua this month represents an overall improvement in terms of the rights of Nicaraguans. However, it has one major gap: it fails to recognise same-sex marriage, and as a result it closes the doors to adoption by gay couples.

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