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Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women's Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.

Gaza Reconstruction, Hampered by Israeli Blockade, May Take 100 Years, Say Aid Agencies

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 03 (IPS) - Despite all the political hoopla surrounding an international pledging conference in Cairo last October to help rebuild Gaza, the reconstruction of the Israeli-devastated territory is apparently moving at the pace of paralytic snail.

Families See Hope for Justice in Palestinian Membership of ICC

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

GAZA CITY, Mar 03 (IPS) - "I have lost all meaning in life after the death of my child, I will never forgive anyone who caused the tearing apart of his little body.  I appeal to all who can help and stand with us to achieve justice and punish those who killed my child."

U.N. Member States Accused of Cherry-Picking Human Rights

Monday, March 02, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 02 (IPS) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has criticised member states for ‘cherry-picking' human rights – advocating some and openly violating others – perhaps to suit their own national or political interests.

Opinion: War on Wildlife Crime – Time to Enlist the Ordinary Citizen

Sunday, March 01, 2015

BONN, Mar 01 (IPS) - It is no exaggeration to say that we are facing a "wildlife crisis", and it is a crisis exacerbated by human activities, not least criminal ones.

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HARARE, Feb 28 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands.

Opinion: Goals for Gender Equality Are Not a ‘Wish List’ – They Are a ‘To Do List’

Friday, February 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 (IPS) - This weekend, at the invitation of President Michelle Bachelet and myself, women leaders from across the world are meeting in Santiago de Chile. We will applaud their achievements. We will remind ourselves of their contributions. And we will chart a way forward to correct the historical record. History has not been fair to women – but then, women usually didn't write it.

Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (IPS) - As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago.

Mobile Technology a Lever for Women’s Empowerment

Thursday, February 26, 2015

PARIS, Feb 26 (IPS) - Providing women with greater access to mobile technology could increase literacy, advance development and open up much-needed educational and employment opportunities, according to experts at the fourth United Nations' Mobile Learning Week conference here.

Indigenous Storytelling in the Limelight

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BERLIN, Feb 26 (IPS) - In recent years, the Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, has established a European hub for indigenous voices across a number of platforms, including its NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema series and Storytelling-Slams in which indigenous storytelling artists share their stories before opening the floor to contributions from the audience.

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