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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’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.

Rabbit Farming Now a Big Hit in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

CHIVHU, Zimbabwe, Feb 02 (IPS) - Tichaona Muzariri, 44, a villager based at Range in Chivhu, a town 143 kilometers south of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, quit his job as a teacher in 2009 to start a rabbit farm on a small scale with three does (female rabbits) and one buck (male). With around US$30 as capital, Muzariri waded into rabbit farming back then. Today, his rabbit farm breeds nearly 3,000 rabbits every year and slaughters up to 120 every week for sale to grocery stores, restaurants and hotels.

Combating HIV among Teens

Monday, February 01, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya / HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb 01 (IPS) - Keziah Juma is coming to terms with her shattered life at the shanty she shares with her family in Kenya's sprawling Kibera slum where friends and relatives are gathered for her son's funeral arrangements. While attending an antenatal clinic, Juma who is only 16 years discovered that she had been infected with HIV. "I went into shock and stopped going to the clinic, that is why they could not save my baby and I have been bed-ridden since giving birth two months ago," she told IPS.

Maternal and Child Health Key to Kenya’s Economic Growth

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mandera County, Kenya, Jan 18 (IPS) - On Friday, 06 November 2015, we had the honor of meeting the First Lady of Kenya Ms Margaret Kenyatta, a tireless advocate for "every woman and every child", during the launch of the Beyond Zero campaign in Mandera County, North-Eastern Kenya, a place which has often been described as ‘the worst place on earth to give birth'.

India’s Children: Plagued by Preventable Diseases from Poor Sanitation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BANGALORE, Jan 14 (IPS) - Though the state of Karnataka in India counts for a higher Human Development Index of 0.478 against the national average of 0.472 in the subcontinent, the continued deficit in water and sanitation continues and the children there are bearing the brunt of the lack of infrastructure.

Zimbabwe: Poverty Stunting Minds and Growth

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 12 (IPS) - Mildren Ndlovu* knows the mental toll of Zimbabwe's long-drawn economic hardships in a country where a long rehashed statistic by labour unions puts unemployment at 90 per cent.

Syrian Government to Allow Aid, Loosening the Stranglehold on Madaya

Friday, January 08, 2016

ROME, Jan 08 (IPS) - The Syrian government says it will allow humanitarian aid into the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya, according to the United Nations, following reports and horrific pictures of residents starving to death. Aid is expected to reach the area by Monday, but for some it is too little and too late.

India Needs to “Save its Daughters” Through Education and Gender Equality

Friday, January 08, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jan 08 (IPS) - Women constitute nearly half of the country's 1.25 billion people and gender equality -- whether in politics, economics, education or health -- is still a distant dream for most. This fact was driven home again sharply by the recently released United National Development Programme's Human Development Report (HDR) 2015 which ranks India at a lowly 130 out of 155 countries in the Gender Inequality Index (GII). India trails behind most Asian countries, including lesser developed Bangladesh and Pakistan which rank 111 and 121 respectively, and fares not much ahead of war-ravaged Afghanistan at 152.

Wrong Time of the Month: a Rights Gap for Developing Countries’ Girls

Thursday, January 07, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 07 (IPS) - The onset of menstruation is a landmark event in the life of a young woman. Yet many complications and challenges accompany such an event. One in 10 adolescent girls miss school and eventually drop out due to menstruation-related issues.

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