News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

  1. Children Risk Early Marriage: Climate Change One of the Factors

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - Filomena (15), a fisherman's daughter from a village in Nampula Province, Mozambique was married to a 21-year-old from the same village.

  2. Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration

    Friday, December 06, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 06 (IPS) - While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. They had apparently frozen to death within a refrigerator container with temperatures as low as -25C (-13F).

    This while tragedies occur almost daily on the Mediterranean Sea. On 26 November, a rescue vessel found a boat almost completely sunken. It had three dead bodies aboard. Fifty-five migrants were saved. Three of them were in a critical condition, and one died after reaching Melilla in Spain, where the migrants were brought in. Three children were among the survivors, though a further ten individuals were reported missing.

    Nowadays, such news items pass by almost imperceptibly. Every day, thousands of unfortunate human beings are trafficked all over the world to suffer underpaid, hazardous work, or prostitution.

  3. Fostering Jobs, Entrepreneurship, and Capacity Development for African Youth: The Time for Disruption Is Now!

    Wednesday, December 04, 2019

    ABIDJAN, Dec 04 (IPS) - "There is no greater asset to Africa than its youth," a statement that has been repeatedly proclaimed, but the continent still has a long way to go. Despite robust economic growth over the past two decades, a 1 percent increase in growth between 2000–14 was associated with only 0.41 percent growth in employment. This figure suggests that employment stood at less than 1.8 percent a year, far below the nearly 3 percent annual growth in the labor force. If this trend continues, 100 million people will join the multitudes of the unemployed in Africa by 2030.

  4. Volunteerism – An Antidote to a World in Flux

    Wednesday, December 04, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 04 (IPS) - As the world warms, as inequality widens and as an increasing number of societies suffer from instability and conflict, many people are left wondering what they can do about it.

  5. Catalysing Change for Gender Equality

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand – UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - Great strides have been taken to empower women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing adopted an ambitious global agenda to achieve gender equality twenty-five years ago. Gender parity has been achieved in primary education. Maternal mortality has been halved. Today, the region's governments are committed to overcoming the persistent challenges of discrimination, gender-based violence and women's unequal access to resources and decision-making.

  6. I am Generation Equality: Child Marriage Survivor & Activist

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    FUSHE KRUJE, Albania, Nov 26 (IPS) - Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women's rights. This is Generation Equality.-- I am Generation Equality because… I didn't want other girls to go through the same struggles I experienced. I got married when I was 14 years old. I had no idea what marriage was.

  7. Businesses Have Key Role in Safeguarding Human Rights

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov 26 (IPS) - Unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the authoritative global reference point articulating the responsibilities of companies to respect and protect human rights.

  8. When African Women are Financially Included, an Entire Continent Wins

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    KIGALI, Nov 26 (IPS) - When Rwandan-born and Senegalese-raised entrepreneur and businesswoman Kristine Ngiriye was 18 she had a brilliant idea that she wanted to translate into a business. But when she went to her local bank for a loan they told her to rather get married, because " a woman must be married instead of venturing into business", Ngiriye tells IPS.

  9. Statistics and Stories – Time to Change the Refugee Narrative?

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    ROME, Nov 25 (IPS) - Statistics and stories. When aid agencies appeal for funding to tackle the latest refugee crisis and journalists do their reporting, then these are the two narratives most chosen -- one impersonal and the other upfront and individual.

    The sheer numbers can feel overwhelming. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says more than 70 million people are currently displaced by conflict, the most since the Second World War. Among them are nearly 26 million who have fled their countries (over half under the age of 18) and 3.5 million more are registered as asylum seekers.

  10. More Austerity for Developing Countries: It’s Bad News, and It’s Avoidable

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC and LONDON, Nov 25 (IPS) - As the West questions damaging austerity policies, it is becoming the new normal for the rest of the world, risking achievement of sustainable development goals. After years of austerity, a number of Eurozone countries are now considering expansionary fiscal policies. And in the UK, government spending is set to return to levels last seen in the 1970s. But austerity abounds elsewhere in the world, including in some of the poorest countries.

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