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Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

Opinion: Education as a Cornerstone for Women’s Empowerment

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, Mar 25 (IPS) - Earlier this month, the Barack Obama administration announced a new initiative designed to improve girls' education around the world. Dubbed "Let Girls Learn," the programme builds on current progress made, such as ensuring girls are enrolled in primary school at the same rates as boys, and is looking to expand opportunities for girls to complete their education.

The Rich Should be Held Accountable in the U.N.'s New Development Goals, Say NGOs

Monday, March 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world's richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the world's wealth by 2016.

Multi-Drug Resistance Adds to Tuberculosis Epidemic in Papua New Guinea

Monday, March 23, 2015

CANBERRA, Australia, Mar 23 (IPS) - Rising multi-drug resistance in patients suffering from tuberculosis, a debilitating infectious lung disease which mainly impacts the developing world, has led to a public health emergency in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, according to state officials.

Four Fast Facts to Debunk Myths About Rural Women

Monday, March 23, 2015

PARIS, Mar 23 (IPS) - We are lucky to live in a country that has long since abandoned the image of the damsel in distress. Even Disney princesses now save themselves and send unsuitable "saviours" packing. But despite the great strides being made in gender equality, we are still failing rural women, particularly women farmers.

Opinion: Water and Sanitation in Nigeria - Playing the Numbers Game

Sunday, March 22, 2015

OWERRI, Nigeria, Mar 22 (IPS) - In Nigeria, it's all about the numbers. My nation recently became the largest economy in Africa by some distance, with a GDP of well over 500 billion dollars.

Palestinian Women Victims on Many Fronts

Saturday, March 21, 2015

GAZA CITY, Mar 21 (IPS) - Israel's siege of Gaza, aided and abetted by the Egyptians in the south, has aggravated the plight of Gazan women, and the Jewish state's devastating military assault on the coastal territory over July and August 2014 exacerbated the situation.

‘Water Man of India’ Wins Stockholm Water Prize

Friday, March 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 (IPS) - A conservationist known as ‘The Water Man of India' has been named Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for 2015.

Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

Friday, March 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn't know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn't know when or what amount would be required to cover them.

Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement

Friday, March 20, 2015

MANILA, Mar 20 (IPS) - When Tinay Alterado's team from ARUGAAN, an organisation of women healthcare advocates, visited Eastern Visayas, a region of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, they noticed that the relief and rescue sites were flooded with donated milk formula, which nursing mothers were feeding to their babies in vast quantities.

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