News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

  1. Women Activists Escalate Demand for “Bodily Autonomy” as 19 Nations Dissent

    Friday, January 17, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (IPS) - The United States and 18 other UN member states have come under fire for denying a woman's legitimate right to "bodily autonomy"—the right to self-governance over one's own body without coercion or external pressure.

  2. In the Elusive Grip of an Abusive Partner: A Migrant’s Story

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jan 14 (IPS) - To live in a home with family, to have a safe environment, food and basic human necessities, are some of the essentials that most people expect to have without giving it all much thought.

    When a child is born, parents or caregivers are likely to provide these things. These expectations get renewed whenever someone gets married and moves to a new home, a different neighborhood, or a city.

    We can hardly find someone who will say that they were not expecting happiness and safety when stepping into a new relationship, or starting a new chapter of life.

    But these expectations of a better life turn disastrous for millions of people when they step into another country as a dependent.

  3. The United Nations Reforms-From Ideas to Actions

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 (IPS) - One of the highlight activities as the United Nations commemorates its 75th anniversary this year will be the launch of an "annual temperature check" on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), progress. With only ten years left to the final whistle for the Goals, this activity that will take place each September will provide a snapshot of what's working, and where countries need more action.

  4. India and Japan’s MPs Act Quickly to Implement Sexual and Reproductive Health Plans after ICPD25

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    MBABANE, Jan 10 (IPS) - Parliamentarians from India and Japan have hit the ground running by acting soon after the recent Nairobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD25).

  5. Women’s Groups Applaud Gender Action Plan Following COP 25

    Wednesday, January 08, 2020

    MADRID, Spain, Jan 08 (IPS) - After nearly two weeks of negotiations at COP 25 climate negotiations in Madrid last month (2-13 December), governments will be adopting a new 5-year Gender Action Plan (GAP) that progressively builds upon the first GAP, and works to address many of the concerns raised by women and gender groups at the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including calls for greater focus on implementation and scaling up gender-just climate solutions.

  6. How Gender-based Violence Should be Reported in the Media

    Tuesday, January 07, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 07 (IPS) - Sexual and gender-based violence terrorizes women and girls around the world, affecting as many as one in three women. Reporters play an essential role in bringing these cases to light so that authorities can take action and prevent further abuses. Yet reporting on gender-based violence comes with serious risks to survivors.

  7. 2020: a Year Full of Danger

    Monday, January 06, 2020

    ROME, Jan 06 (IPS) - Let's face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with the harbingers of climate disaster as thousands fled to beaches in Australia from raging bush fires, and the Middle East braced for more conflict after a U.S. air strike in Baghdad killed Iran's top general.

  8. Reflections for a New Year

    Friday, January 03, 2020

    ROME, Jan 03 (IPS) - In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind..

  9. Child Marriages Unlikely to End by UN’s 2030 Deadline

    Friday, January 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 03 (IPS) - "Right now, I don't want to get married. I have a long life and a dream in front of me", a 14-year-old young girl from Bangladesh told her parents as she was just not ready to get married.

  10. In Mauritania, Imams take to Radio Waves to say Child Marriage is Against Islam

    Thursday, January 02, 2020

    SELIBABI, Mauritania, Jan 02 (IPS) - "I refused to marry off my daughter for a simple, good reason: I want my daughter to be empowered," said Lemeima mint El Hadrami, 49. "I don't want her to go through the same difficulties I did when I was young." El Hadrami was married when she was only 13.

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