News headlines for “Women’s Rights”, page 2

  1. COVID-19 Impact Means Women and Girls Will Still Eat Last, Be Educated Last

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 (IPS) - Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the World Food Programme, began the IPS United Nations Bureau webinar "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Girls" by reminiscing on a talk she gave in 1995 entitled "Women eat last". She remarked that after 25 years, the phrase is still something that is relevant to the present day.

  2. Challenging Cultural Norms and Removing Stigma is Key to Confronting Lesotho’s Rape Culture

    THABA-TSEKA, Lesotho, Jul 20 (IPS) - The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and given rise to a new, deeply concerning wave of rape culture in Lesotho. Although the true extent is not known yet, we have noticed concerning reports that the onset of the pandemic has worsened sexual violence with more women and girls being confined to small living places whilst social tensions are exacerbated.

  3. The World Needs You. Now.

    NEW YORK, Jul 20 (IPS) - "We may all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now," Martin Luther King Jr once said. His timeless wisdom rings truer than ever today for the many challenges the world is facing. COVID-19, continued armed conflicts and forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters, deep divides and widespread discrimination mark the human family in the 21st century.

  4. Are Women-led Startups Key to Sustainability in Senegal?

    HYDERABAD, Jul 20 (IPS) - Growing up in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, Siny Samba (28) watched with fascination as her grandmother made snacks for her family, using the fresh fruit from their garden. She would often help her grandma make these snacks to feed the neighbourhood children.

  5. How will COVID-19 Affect Women Entrepreneurs?

    BENGALURU, Karnataka, India, Jul 19 (IPS) - Two years ago, Aarti started a small business selling traditional handicrafts online, supporting artisans based in rural Karnataka. After an initial phase of struggle, she had a steady stream of orders and was looking to procure manufacturing equipment and scale the impact of her business by supporting more local talent.

  6. IPS Webinar: Gender Equality Crucial in 'Building Back Better' Post-COVID-19

    NAIROBI, Jul 15 (IPS) - While men are more likely to die from COVID-19, women are facing the full blow of the socio-economic fallout from the ongoing pandemic as well seeing a reversal in equality gains made over the last two decades, says an all-women panel of international thought leaders, who met virtually during a discussion convened by IPS.

  7. Q&A: Understanding COVID-19's Impact on Food Security and Nutrition

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15 (IPS) - While it is too early to assess the full impact of the global COVID-19 lockdowns, at least 83 million to 132 million more people may go hungry this year -- 690 million people were classified as hungry in 2019 -- as the pandemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems. 

  8. Re-Conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque a Very Trumpian Move

    NEW YORK, Jul 14 (IPS) - President Erdogan's "reconversion" of the Hagia Sophia, into a mosque is a very Trumpian move, making a populist gestures to his base evoking shared misconceptions of history, reckless of its actual diplomatic and economic cost.

  9. How Senegal is Providing Reproductive Health Services to those Who can Least Afford it

    SYDNEY, Australia, Jul 14 (IPS) - Pregnant with her second child, 30-year-old Ndiabou Niang was enduring pelvic pain, but couldn't afford to access prenatal care in Diabe Salla, a village on the outskirts of the small town of Thilogne in north-east Senegal. Her husband was unemployed and her earnings of under CFAF 10,000 (17 USD) from selling seasonal fruits in the local market were insufficient to make ends meet.

  10. Providing an Education in Favour of Senegal's Girls

    MBABANE, Jul 13 (IPS) - When Fatima* became pregnant in the middle of the school year and dropped out of school, she was disowned by her parents. Hers is a story that could have ended as another statistic of dropout rates among female learners in Senegal.

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