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Civil Society Under Serious Attack

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - Despite their contribution to social justice, civil society organisations came under "serious attack" in 109 countries in 2015, according to a new report published by CIVICUS Monday.

Women's Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya

Monday, June 27, 2016

NAIROBI, Jun 27 (IPS) - Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women's group gathering at the secretary's homestead.

UN Staff Unions Demand Stronger Action on Sexual Abuse

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 23 (IPS) - The United Nations claims it is doing its best to curb widespread sexual abuses in its peacekeeping operations overseas – from Haiti all the way to the Central African Republic.

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ROME, Jun 23 (IPS) - "Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable."

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

Fearing Violence, LGBT Refugees Rarely Seek Help

Thursday, June 23, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - Despite their extreme vulnerability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees often do not seek the assistance they need, since revealing their sexual or gender identities can put them in grave danger.

Latin America and the Caribbean: What does it take to prevent people from falling back into poverty

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 22 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean countries have experienced historic economic and social transformation in recent years. This has led to a considerable reduction in poverty and inequality and to advances in closing gender, labor and education gaps. These achievements are the result of a favorable economic environment as well as proactive social inclusion policies.

Mixed Progress at UN on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - Nearly 10 years after UN members adopted a progressive Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), progress implementing the convention has been mixed, even at the UN itself, say disability advocates.

The Paradox of Refuge: Rise of Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - Since the outbreak of war in 2011, 9 million Syrians have fled from their homeland, creating one of the graves migrant crisis' the world has ever seen. However, what happens to these vulnerable migrants once they secure the refuge they so perilously seek? Can refuge really bring safety to all? Or is ‘the refugee camp' nothing more than the creation of another war, in this case, fought against one's own troubled people. Particularly, for those who are traditionally stigmatized, such as women and girls.

Xenophobia: ‘Hate Is Mainstreamed, Walls Are Back, Suspicion Kills’

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - "Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers of suspicion are rising, snaking through and between our societies – and they are killers…"

Children of a Lesser God: Trafficking Soars in India

Monday, June 20, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jun 20 (IPS) - Sunita Pal, a frail 17-year-old, lies in a tiny bed in the women's ward of New Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Her face and head swathed in bandages, with only a bruised eye and swollen lips visible, the girl recounts her ordeal to a TV channel propped up by a pillow. She talks of her employers beating her with a stick every day, depriving her of food and threatening to kill her if she dared report her misery to anybody.

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