News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

Chatterjee, new Resident Coordinator, to lead 25 UN agencies in East Africa

Friday, August 26, 2016

NAIROBI, KENYA, Aug 26 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee, the Representative of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Kenya, has been appointed UN Resident Coordinator, where he will lead and coordinate 25 UN agencies in East Africa. At the same time, he will also serve as the Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The Lesser Sex

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ROME, Aug 24 (IPS) - Sakina's  glare is empty. Her defeated, glassy eyes scan the room passively. The subdued silence and withered frame expose her fragility.

Breaking the Silence on Gender-Blind Transport

Monday, August 22, 2016

ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In today's "Post-Feminist" world, it is time to pose a fundamental question. If we are really raking in the liberating outcomes of a "gender-just" 21st century, why do the vast majority of young girls and women, the world over, continuously refuse to speak out in the face of verbal, sexual and physical harassment on public transport?

India's New Maternity Benefits Act Criticised as Elitist

Friday, August 19, 2016

NEW DELHI, Aug 19 (IPS) - The passage of the landmark Maternity Benefits Act 1961 by the Indian Parliament, which mandates 26 weeks of paid leave for mothers as against the existing 12, has generated more heartburn than hurrahs due to its skewed nature.

Time for a Woman to Lead the UN

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (IPS) - Judging by the latest polls it now seems more likely that the United States will have a female President in 2016, than the United Nations will have a female Secretary-General.

Peruvians Say “No!” to Violence Against Women

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LIMA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Peruvians took to the streets en masse to reject violence against women, in what was seen as a major new step in awareness-raising in the country that ranks third in the world in terms of domestic sexual violence.

The Counter Narrative to Terror and Violence is Already Among Us

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (IPS) - The French philospher Voltaire once said that "if we believe in absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

Indiscriminate killing of self and innocent others, ostensibly in the name of some religion, is among the most absurd of beliefs. And rather than ceasing, the spiral of violence appears to know no end. There appears to be no locus, and no focus, beyond random killing.

Iran: Children at the Gallows

Friday, August 12, 2016

ROME, Aug 12 (IPS) - As Iran currently executes the highest number of juvenile offenders in the world, hundreds of Iranian minors helplessly watch their childhoods pass them by as they await their fatal ends behind bars.

Women’s Inclusion in Sports Competes in Rio Games

Friday, August 12, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 12 (IPS) - At the age of 14, Kaillana de Oliveira of Brazil knows she won't be as tall as most professional basketball players, because of family genetics. But she is not letting that get in the way of her dream of standing out in the sport.

False Promises: Avoid ‘Miracle’ Rice and Just Eat a Carrot

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW DELHI, Aug 10 (IPS) - Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9, 2009. Alfred G. Gilman died on December 23, 2015.

Both were Nobel laureates and now both dead. Gilman was a signatory to a recent letter condemning Greenpeace and its opposition to genetic engineering.

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