News headlines for “Women’s Rights”

UN Seeks Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 09 (IPS) - The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.

Microcephaly Revives Battle for Legal Abortion in Brazil

Monday, February 08, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 08 (IPS) - The Zika virus epidemic and a rise in the number of cases of microcephaly in newborns have revived the debate on legalising abortion in Brazil. However, the timing is difficult as conservative and religious groups are growing in strength, especially in parliament.

Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

Monday, February 08, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 08 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

Cameron at large: Want Not to Become a Terrorist? Speak Fluent English!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cairo, Feb 04 (IPS) - "Do you speak English fluently? No? Then you risk to become a terrorist!." IPS posed this dilemma to some young Muslim women living in Cairo, while explaining that this appears to be UK prime minister David Cameron's formula to judge the level of Muslim women's risk to fall, passively, into the horrific trap of extremism.

Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast escalates

Thursday, February 04, 2016

TURKEY, Feb 04 (IPS) - The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeastern regions resembles a war zone.

Women’s Empowerment Will Accelerate Kenya’s Economic Prosperity

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya, Feb 03 (IPS) - When President Barack Obama made his first visit to Kenya as US President in July 2015, one of the poignant messages he left was an exhortation for communities to shun cultures that degrade women and girls.

Women's Rights First African Summit

Monday, February 01, 2016

CAIRO, Feb 01 (IPS) - Despite the enormous challenges facing Africa now, the leaders of its 1.2 billion plus inhabitants have decided to spotlight the issue of Human Rights With a Particular Focus on the Rights of Women in their 26th summit held in Addis Ababa on 21-31 January this year. Why?

ICFP 2016 begins in Bali amidst unmet needs of many

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BALI, Indonesia, Jan 27 (IPS) - Porter Ngengh Tike is in her late thirties, but looks well over 50. For 8 hours every day, she carries around a large bamboo basket on her head, delivering supplies to local traders in the biggest traditional market of Bali – Pasar Badung. At the end of the week, she earns about 18 dollars - a sum that Tike uses for food, household expenses and her 10- year old son's education. So, when it comes to seeing a doctor, there is no money, says Tike who suffers from genital infections.

Tanzania: Girls Struggle to Avoid Forced Marriage, Yearn to Learn

Thursday, January 21, 2016

KAHAMA, Tanzania, Jan 21 (IPS) - Maria was barely 16 when her father removed her from school to marry her off to a man 20 years older than she was just so that the family could receive eleven cows as her dowry.

Seven Top Challenges Facing African Women

Monday, January 18, 2016

CAIRO, Egypt, Jan 18 (IPS) - Economic exclusion; financial systems that perpetuate their discrimination; limited participation in political and public life; lack of access to education and poor retention of girls in schools; gender-based violence; harmful cultural practices, and exclusion of women from peace tables, are the major standing barriers to achieving gender equality in Africa.

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