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Indonesian President Unyielding on Death Penalty

Thursday, March 26, 2015

, Mar 26 (IPS) - When Indonesia's law and human rights minister visited one of the country's prisons in December last year, he met a Nigerian convict on death row for drug trafficking, who performed songs for him before leaving him with a parting gift.

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.

Acting Tough to Earn Respect as Policewomen in Argentina

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Mar 25 (IPS) - When they joined the police, Marina Faustino and Silvia Miers were part of a small minority, and to make their way in a world of men they had to "act tough." Now, thanks to a gender equality policy, there are more and more policewomen in Argentina, fighting sexism and prejudice as well as crime.

Global Citizenship Essential for Gender Equality: Ambassador Chowdhury

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 25 (IPS) - At a recent panel discussion on women's leadership during the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury was the lone male voice.

Pacific Islanders Say Climate Finance “Essential” for Paris Agreement

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

, Mar 24 (IPS) - As Pacific Islanders contemplate the scale of devastation wrought by Cyclone Pam this month across four Pacific Island states, including Vanuatu, leaders in the region are calling with renewed urgency for global action on climate finance, which they say is vital for building climate resilience and arresting development losses.

Opinion: Sharing the Vision of a Changed World

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - This year has many initiatives taking place in the realm of women's leadership, but one platform and movement in particular is standing out, and people are noticing. We are the founders of IMPACT Leadership 21, leadership architects for inclusive, high growth economies.

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.

Gates Foundation Slammed for Plan to Privatise African Seed Markets

Monday, March 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 (IPS) - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been attacked by activists over alleged support of a plan to privatise African agricultural markets.

Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions

Monday, March 23, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, Mar 23 (IPS) - Textile companies that make clothing for transnational brands in El Salvador are accused of forging alliances with gang members to make death threats against workers and break up their unions, according to employees who talked to IPS and to international organisations.

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.

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