Wednesday, February 10, 2016
TALAWAKELE, Sri Lanka, Feb 10 (IPS) - One and half years ago, Johnson, a 20- something youth, hailing from Sri Lanka's tea plantations, received an unusual request. The caller, someone Johnson knew casually, made an offer for his kidney. "It was for a half a million rupees (around US $3,500)," he said.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 09 (IPS) - The United Nations says it is determined to end female genital mutilation (FGM) – a ritual practiced mostly in Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia and even among some migrant communities in Europe.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
NEW DELHI, Feb 09 (IPS) - The tragic death of 12 women after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh went horribly wrong in 2014 made global headlines. The episode saw about 80 women "herded like cattle" into makeshift camps without being properly examined before the laparoscopic tubectomies that snuffed out their lives. In another incident in 2013, police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar arrested three men after they performed a botched sterilisation surgery without anaesthesia on 53 women over two hours in a field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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