News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

  1. Justin Trudeau´s Blackface

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 11 (IPS) - Politics is a dodgy game, maybe even more so if you represent political views based on a moral approach.

    When the charismatic Justin Trudeau, son of a cosmopolitan liberal who served as Canada´s Prime Minister for 16 years, in 2015 was elected Prime Minister it was within a global political climate different from what it is today.

    Barack Obama was in the White House, Angela Merkel served her third period as German Chancellor, and the UK Government had not yet announced its country's withdrawal from the EU. Nevertheless, Russia had three months before Trudeau´s election annexed Crimea, while Viktor Orbán´s Hungarian government the month before initiated the construction of a 4 metres high barrier along its nation´s eastern and southern borders to keep immigrants out.

  2. For Some in Kashmir Marriage Equates to Sexual Slavery

    Friday, October 11, 2019

    SRINAGAR, Oct 11 (IPS) - This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group.Haseena Akhtar was only 13 when an agent told her parents that they could earn a good amount of money by letting her marry a Kashmiri man. The man was, however, three times older than Akhtar, the agent said.

  3. UN Women Ambassadors Rise to New Heights But Fall Short of Gender Parity

    Tuesday, October 08, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 08 (IPS) - New York's diplomatic community has continued to be enriched by a record number of women Permanent Representatives (PRUNs)—50 in all, as of October 2 – compared with about 15 to 20 back in the 1980s and early 1990s.

  4. Reforms Will Grant Nationality to Children of Iranian Women

    Monday, October 07, 2019

    GENEVA, Oct 07 (IPS) - After more than a decade of women's rights activism, Iran's Guardian Council has finally approved an amendment that would grant Iranian citizenship to the children of Iranian women married to foreign men.

  5. How Media Technocrats Manipulate Public Opinion

    Wednesday, October 02, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Oct 02 (IPS) - In a 1974 article, Woody Allen poked fun at biblical stories presenting ludicrous paraphrases of The Book of JobAbraham´s intended sacrifice of his son Isaac, as well as The Book of Proverbs. One of Allen´s invented proverbs was: "The wicked at heart probably know something", thus implementing that the "pure of heart", i.e. credulous people, know nothing.1

    Giuliano da Empoli, a well-known Italian politician, culture personality and founder of the influential think tank Volta makes use of this Woody Allen quote to introduce his book Gli ingegneri del caos,2 The Engineers of Chaos.

  6. OPINION: Why We Need Religion More than Ever in the Pursuit of Peace

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    GENEVA, Sep 20 (IPS) - The proliferation of political crises and armed conflicts in every corner of the world does not exclude religious groups, which unfortunately also contribute to animosities, intolerance and hatred. The Middle East has been on the hit-list of violet extremist groups for decades.

    One telling example is Syria where clashes have on occasion taken religious or denominational overtones, fracturing Syrian society for decades to come. They have given rise to sectarian divisions along ethnic and religious lines in a country where inter-religious harmony once prevailed. We observe a similar situation in Iraq.

    In Myanmar, government security forces unleased a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing and hatred against the Muslim Rohingya population. The military crackdown on the Rohingya community has significantly aggravated inter-communal violence in the country.

    And in the Central African Republic, armed militant groups sloganizing misrepresentations of Islam and Christianity, commit abuses and human rights violations on each other on a daily basis.

  7. Culture of Peace Takes Big Stride as UN Observes 20th Anniversary of Norm-Setting 1999 Decision

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    NEW YORK, Sep 09 (IPS) - It has been a long, arduous journey – a journey ridden curiously with obstacles and indifference. Two decades have passed by since the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted, by consensus and without reservation, its landmark and norm-setting resolution 53/243 on the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace in 1999.

  8. Is There Discrimination Against Women in Healthcare in India?

    Thursday, September 05, 2019

    ROME, Sep 05 (IPS) - In an inaugural lecture at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Amartya Sen began with a swipe at Queen Victoria who complained to Sir Theodore Martin in 1870 about "this mad, wicked folly of 'Woman's Rights'", as in her rarefied world nobody could trample upon her rights. The world has of course changed dramatically and women's rights are widely acknowledged but injustices persist.

    Our concern here is with health injustices that are widely prevalent in India. These take multiple forms: female foeticide, widespread morbidity and denial of access to good quality healthcare until a critical condition develops. Our focus here is on vulnerability of women to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their limited access to good quality healthcare in India.

  9. Women in Politics: Adornments and Witches

    Wednesday, September 04, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 04 (IPS) - Some world leaders try to prove their alpha male status by presenting attractive and submissive wives as tokens won in virile scrambles with other potent stags.

    A recent example of such puerile machismo was exposed in a twitter battle between the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his French equivalent Emmanuel Macron.

    Since taking office in January, Mr Bolsonaro has railed against what he considered to be foreign meddling in Brazilian environmental politics. Wild fires raging in the Amazonian rain forest have generally been blamed on a rampant deforestation said to be endorsed by Bolsonaro´s regime.

  10. Central Asia Has Always Been Important for Europe

    Tuesday, September 03, 2019

    BRUSSELS, Sep 03 (IPS) - In an interview* with Peter Burian, the current EU Special Representative for Central Asia.The EU has presented a new strategy for Central Asia. The first one has been adopted in 2007 and revised in 2015. Where do you see improvements?

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