News headlines for “Women’s Rights”, page 4

  1. Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) - This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)-- and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

  2. Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) - "I never come here, just because of boys," Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. "They're opening the door." Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys' school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.

  3. On Gender Day at Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    BONN, Germany, Nov 15 (IPS) - "Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, ‘Why gender?' Today, they are asking, ‘How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.

  4. Are Prospects of Rural Youth Employment in Africa a Mirage?

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Nov 13 (IPS) - Many recent accounts tend to dismiss productive employment of youth in rural areas in Africa as a mirage largely because they exhibit strong resistance to eking out a bare subsistence in dismal working and living conditions. We argue below on recent evidence of agricultural transformation that this view is overly pessimistic, if not largely mistaken.

  5. Aid Groups Sound Alarm on DRC Crisis

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and the international community must step in before it worsens, humanitarian agencies warn.

  6. SDG Fund Report Reaches a Higher Moral Ground

    Monday, November 06, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 06 (IPS) - At this historic moment – this new report ("Business and SDG 16") is a tryst with destiny, one that fulfills a promise that was made both by the United Nations and the private sector at the launch of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.

  7. The Weinstein effect: The Global Scourge of Sexual Harassment & Exploitation

    Friday, November 03, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 03 (IPS) - When the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA's) Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judddetailed an incident involving the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for The New York Times in their eyepopping investigation into decades of alleged sexual harassment, it came as a shock to many.

  8. ‘Never Again’: Investing in Prevention and Early Action

    Thursday, November 02, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 02 (IPS) - After the Rwandan genocide, the United Nations promised ‘never again.' But has the international community kept their word?

    From Mexico to Myanmar, conflicts and humanitarian crises have multiplied.

  9. Women and Malnutrition in Africa

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    NEW DELHI and PHILADELPHIA, Oct 31 (IPS) - Undernutrition is widespread and a key reason for poor child health in many developing countries. In Sub-Saharan Africa, around 40 percent of children under the age of five suffer from stunted growth, that is, severely reduced height-for-age relative to their growth potential. Stunting is a result of periods of undernutrition in early childhood, and it has been found to have a series of adverse long-term effects in those who survive childhood. It is negatively associated with mental development, human capital accumulation, adult health, and with economic productivity and income levels in adulthood.

  10. UN Member States Pay Lip Service to Women & Peacekeeping

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (IPS) - A UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution adopted on 31 October 2000, underlying the role of women in peacekeeping, has long been described as both historic and unprecedented.

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