News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

  1. Sexual Violence Surging in South Sudan

    Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 (IPS) - Women and girls continue to face the brunt of violence in the northern region of South Sudan with persistently high and brutal levels of sexual violence, a new report found.

  2. Bringing #MeToo to the Fashion Industry

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (IPS) - The global #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on sexual harassment and violence in various industries including the film and music industries. Is it now time for the fashion industry to address these issues within their supply chains, one organisation says.

  3. Q&A: A Cuban Film About Family in the “Global South” Premieres in Berlin

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    BERLIN/PARIS, Feb 12 (IPS) - A documentary about a Cuban family facing an uncertain future has its world premiere Feb. 12 at the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious cinema events. "La Arrancada" (On the starting line) is a debut feature by Brazilian director Aldemar Matias, focusing on a young athlete who is having doubts about her role in national sports in the Caribbean country. The narrative follows her as she considers her future, which may well lie abroad, she reluctantly realises.

  4. Seas of Death and Hope

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 11 (IPS) - The Mediterranean Sea is currently a sea of death. On the 20th of June every year, i.e. The World Refugee Dayan organization called UNITED for Intercultural Action publishes a "List of Deaths", summarising information on where, when and under which circumstances a named individual has died due to the "fatal policies of fortress Europa". The data are collected through information received from 550 network organisations in 48 countries and from local experts, journalists and researchers in the field of migration. The list issued in 2018 accounted for 27 000 deaths by drowning since 1993, often hundreds at a time when large embarkations capsize. These deaths account for 80 per cent of all the entries,1 there are probably thousands more dead, corpses that were never found and/or not accounted for.

  5. Deported Salvadoran Women Pin Their Hopes on Poultry Production

    Friday, February 08, 2019

    Feb 08 (IPS) - Salvadoran farmer Lorena Mejía opens an incubator and monitors the temperature of the eggs, which will soon provide her with more birds and eggs as the chickens hatch and grow up.

  6. A Truly Global Effort is Needed to Eradicate FGM by 2030

    Wednesday, February 06, 2019

    NEW DELHI, Feb 06 (IPS) - Divya Srinivasan is South Asia Consultant for international women's rights organisation Equality Now*

    According to official data on the global prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released by UNICEF there are 200 million women and girls in the world who have been cut. Shocking though this statistic is, it seriously underestimates the nature and scale of the problem.

  7. The Upcoming Generations Can Lift the Arab Region out of Its Current Crisis

    Tuesday, February 05, 2019

    GENEVA, Feb 05 (IPS) - History testifies that there is no end to its evolution despite what some have claimed. This is because aspirations of its actors are in constant flux and because the quest for an « ideal city » is asymptotic.

    Each generation wants to put its imprint on the present and to be the architect of its future in the pursuit of its own ideal.

  8. Sex Education and Women´s Health

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 04 (IPS) - Is there a connection between sex education, gender equality and promiscuity? On this website, Fabiana Fraysinnet recently denounced a Brazilian crusade against sex education conducted by conservative and religious sectors. Such initiatives are common in several other countries, where politicians and religious leaders accuse sexual education of blurring boundaries between male and female and thus foment homosexuality and transsexualism, as well as a moral relativism undermining family structures and adherence to religious guidance and dogma.

  9. Fighting Machismo in Latin America: The Formula to Combat Femicides

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    Peru began the year with 11 femicides in January, despite progress made in laws and statutes and mass demonstrations against gender-based violence. This situation is also seen in other Latin American countries, raising the need to delve deeper into the causes of the phenomenon.

  10. Ending Violence Against Women & Girls in the Sahel: Crucial for Sustainable Development

    Friday, February 01, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 01 (IPS) - Amina Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

    After flying into the city of Bol in the Republic of Chad, over the lush fields and receding lakes, we landed to a rapturous welcome from traditional rulers and local women. Their faces reflected a hope and dignity slipping away under the harsh reality of poverty and insecurity.

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