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UN Fighting Losing Battle Over Global Humanitarian Crises

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 (IPS) - As the global refugee crises continues to worsen by the hour, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quick to point out that when he took office in January 2007, the international appeal for funds for humanitarian emergencies was only about 4.0 billion dollars annually.

ICFP 2016 begins in Bali amidst unmet needs of many

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BALI, Indonesia, Jan 27 (IPS) - Porter Ngengh Tike is in her late thirties, but looks well over 50. For 8 hours every day, she carries around a large bamboo basket on her head, delivering supplies to local traders in the biggest traditional market of Bali – Pasar Badung. At the end of the week, she earns about 18 dollars - a sum that Tike uses for food, household expenses and her 10- year old son's education. So, when it comes to seeing a doctor, there is no money, says Tike who suffers from genital infections.

Hydropower at Front and Centre of Energy Debate in Chile, Once Again

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SANTIAGO, Jan 27 (IPS) - The Chilean government's approval of a hydroelectric dam in the Patagonia wilderness has rekindled the debate on the sustainability and efficiency of large-scale hydropower plants and whether they contribute to building a cleaner energy mix.

Activists Accuse India of Violating UN Convention on Child Rights

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (IPS) - Civil rights groups and child welfare activists have strongly protested against the enactment of a new Juvenile Justice Act by the Indian parliament, lowering the age of a legally defined juvenile for trial from 18 to 16- years old in heinous crimes cases.

Mexico Creates First and Second-class Migrants

Monday, January 25, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 (IPS) - The Mexican government's decision to grant humanitarian visas to Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica contrasts sharply with the poor treatment received by the tens of thousands of Central American migrants who face myriad risks as they make their way through this country on their long journey to the United States, social organisations and activists complain.

Time to Repeal Anti-Terrorism Law in Ethiopia

Monday, January 25, 2016

OAKLAND, California, Jan 25 (IPS) - With the African Union celebrating the African Year of Human Rights at its 26th summit, at its headquarters in Addis, Ethiopia, the venue raises serious concerns about commitment to human rights.

Iraq’s Civilians Continue to Bear the Brunt of Instability: UAE Paper/Newswire

Friday, January 22, 2016

ROME, Jan 22 (IPS) - At least 18,802 people were killed in Iraq and another 36,245 were injured; this is the number of civilians killed in violence over the past two years and it is staggering.

Tanzania: Girls Struggle to Avoid Forced Marriage, Yearn to Learn

Thursday, January 21, 2016

KAHAMA, Tanzania, Jan 21 (IPS) - Maria was barely 16 when her father removed her from school to marry her off to a man 20 years older than she was just so that the family could receive eleven cows as her dowry.

Seven Top Challenges Facing African Women

Monday, January 18, 2016

CAIRO, Egypt, Jan 18 (IPS) - Economic exclusion; financial systems that perpetuate their discrimination; limited participation in political and public life; lack of access to education and poor retention of girls in schools; gender-based violence; harmful cultural practices, and exclusion of women from peace tables, are the major standing barriers to achieving gender equality in Africa.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Teen Mother Fights the Odds and Wants to be a Nurse

Friday, January 15, 2016

BLANTYRE, Jan 15 (IPS) - Being a single mother at the age of 19 is not what most teenage girls want for themselves. But this is the life Esther Mkwakwasa is living in Namphungo village in Mulanje District. Orphaned at the age of 14, Esther saw herself being moved from one foster home to another until she got pregnant.

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