Sri Lanka’s Development Goals Fall Short on Gender Equality
In peacetime Sri Lanka, women still bear a heavy load in looking for jobs and tending to their families. Credit: Adithya Alles/IPSBy Ranjit PereraCOLOMBO, May 5 2015 (IPS)When Rosy Senanayake, Sri Lanka’s minister of state for child affairs, addressed the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD) in New York last month, she articulated both the successes and shortcomings of gender equality in a country which prided itself electing the world’s first female head of government: Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike in July 1960.After surviving a 26-year-long separatist war, which ended in 2009, Sri Lanka has been r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ranjit Perera Tags: Asia-Pacific Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Peace Population Poverty & SDGs Wo Source Type: news

Urban Slums a Death Trap for Poor Children
Children on their way to school in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi. Credit: Save the ChildrenBy Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, May 5 2015 (IPS)It’s called the urban survival gap – fuelled by the growing inequality between rich and poor in both developing and developed countries – and it literally determines whether millions of infants will live or die before their fifth birthday.Save the Children’s annual report on the State of the World’s Mothers 2015 ranks 179 countries and concludes that that “for babies born in the big city, it’s the survival of the richest.”Speaking f...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Source Type: news

Q&A: “People Need to Be at the Centre of Development”
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin discussed how Indonesia could harness its demographic dividend on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Jakarta on Apr. 20. Credit: Courtesy of UNFPA Indonesia.By Sandra SiagianJAKARATA, May 2 2015 (IPS)In a populous archipelago nation like Indonesia, where 250 million live spread across some 17,500 islands, speaking over 300 languages, the question of development is a tricky one.A lower-middle-income country with a poverty rate of 11.4 percent – with a further 65 million people living just below the povert...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sandra Siagian Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Labour Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Trade & Inves Source Type: news

Unsafe Abortions Continue to Plague Kenya
By Robert KibetNAIROBI, May 2 2015 (IPS)She is just 14, but Janida avoids eye contact with others, preferring to look down at the ground and nodding her head if someone tries to engage her in conversation.Janida (not her real name) was once a sociable and playful child, but that was before she was sexually abused by her stepfather and giving birth to a baby who is now four months old.Her days marked by trauma and depression, Janida is just one of many girl children in Kenya who have been abused and robbed of their childhood, leaving them emotionally scarred.“The little girl [Janida] underwent both physical and m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Robert Kibet Tags: Africa Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Poverty & SDGs Projects Women's Health Abortion Child developing countries girl Kenya maternal Millennium Development Goal Mortality Source Type: news

Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign
One of her defence lawyers hugs Carmelina Pérez when an appeals court in eastern El Salvador declares her innocent of homicide, on Apr. 23. She had been sentenced to 30 years in prison in June 2014 after suffering a miscarriage. In El Salvador women, especially the poor, suffer from the penalisation of abortion under any circumstances. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPSBy Edgardo AyalaSAN SALVADOR, Apr 30 2015 (IPS)International and local human rights groups are carrying out an intense global campaign to get El Salvador to modify its draconian law that criminalises abortion and provides for prison terms for women.Doctors, fe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Edgardo Ayala Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Projects Regional Categories Wom Source Type: news

No Woman, No World
By Sean BuchananLONDON, Apr 27 2015 (IPS)Almost exactly two years ago, on the morning of Apr. 24, over 3,600 workers – 80 percent of them young women between the ages of 18 and 20 – refused to enter the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, because there were large ominous cracks in the walls. They were beaten with sticks and forced to enter.Forty-five minutes later, the building collapsed, leaving 1,137 dead and over 2,500 injured – most of them women.The Rana Plaza collapse is just one of a long series of workplace incidents around the world in which women have paid a high toll.It is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sean Buchanan Tags: Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Globalisation Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Natio Source Type: news

Push to Privatise Education in Global South Challenged
By Kwame BuistLONDON, Apr 24 2015 (IPS)The multinational education and publishing company Pearson PLC was challenged during its annual general meeting on Apr. 24 by representatives of civil society and trade union groups over various profit-driven programmes aimed at expanding private education in numerous countries in the global South. As people arrived at the AGM, they were greeted by protesters with placards saying ‘Education is a right, not a commodity’ and ‘Stop cashing in on kids’.In an open letter to the Pearson board published Apr. 24, civil society groups and trade unions inc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kwame Buist Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Opinion: To Solve Hunger, Start with Soil
Experts give advice on potato-planting for greater yields in an episode of Shamba Shape Up.By Anne-Marie SteynNAIROBI, Apr 24 2015 (IPS)Peter looked confused as he recounted how he’d painstakingly planted potatoes to sell and to feed his family of eight, only to find that when harvest time rolled around he had been greeted with tiny tubers not much bigger than golf balls.A young farmer living in Bomet County in Kenya, Peter had recently been ‘shaped up’ on film, as part of our farming reality TV show Shamba Shape Up. The show is aired as a six-month-long (one growing season) series of 30-minute television...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Anne-Marie Steyn Tags: Active Citizens Africa Aid Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Water & Sanitation Women & Economy Farming First fertilisers Source Type: news

Opinion: The World Has Reached Peak Plutocracy
The land by Boegbor, a town in district four in Grand Bassa County, Liberia, has been leased by the government to Equatorial Palm Oil for 50 years. Credit: Wade C.L. Williams/IPSBy Soren AmbroseNAIROBI, Apr 23 2015 (IPS)Parents in despair because they can’t pay the fees at the privatised neighbourhood school…Families left without healthcare because the mining company that pollutes their river also dodges the taxes that could pay for their treatment…Women getting four hours of sleep a night as they try to balance caring for their families and homes with earning income…Soren AmbroseWhole communitie...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Soren Ambrose Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Natural Resources Population Source Type: news

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize
By Lisa VivesNEW YORK, Apr 22 2015 (IPS)On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.Courtesy of the Goldman Prize.“At first we thought he had malaria or typhoid, but doctors found he was suffering from lead poisoning,” Omido recalled. The lead was traced to a smelter where Phyllis had recen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lisa Vives Tags: Active Citizens Africa Civil Society Environment Headlines Health Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Goldman Environmental Prize Phyllis Omido Source Type: news

From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India
This reporting series was conceived in collaboration with Ecosocialist HorizonsIndia’s ‘Temple Slaves’ Struggle to Break Free India Illegal Mining Enquiry Cut Short India’s ‘Manual Scavengers’ Rise Up Against Caste Discrimination (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Asia-Pacific Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Natural Resources Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Reg Source Type: news

Opinion: Realising Unfinished Business of MDGs : A Call for Greater Action and Investment for Malaria
Dr. Fatoumata Nafo TraoréBy Dr. Fatoumata Nafo TraoréUNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 2015 (IPS)Later this week, communities around the world will commemorate World Malaria Day for the last time in the context of the global development priorities set in 2000.Aspiring for a world free from hunger, poverty and disease, the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were endorsed by the largest gathering of world leaders in history.Humanity’s quest for a sustainable, more equitable and healthier global society cannot succeed without systematic, effective, long-term malaria control and elimination measures in endemic ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fatoumata Nafo Traore Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Malaria Roll Back Malaria Partnershi Source Type: news

Sexual Violence in Conflict “The Contemporary Moral Issue” Says United Nations
By Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 2015 (IPS)Impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in war must end, said Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, who presented to the U.N. Security Council the Secretary-General’s 2015 report on the issue on April 15.Speaking to the Council, Bangura said, “The history of war zone rape has been a history of denial. It is time to bring these crimes, and those who commit them, into the spotlight of international scrutiny.”Calling on Council member states, Bangura remarked that sexual ab...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Women's Health Sexual violence in con Source Type: news

1.7 Billion Dollars Needed to Improve Ebola-hit Countries’ Health Care, Says Oxfam
Scene from an Ebola treatment facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Guéckédou, Guinea, on the day of a visit from Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), on Nov. 1, 2014. Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Apr 16 2015 (IPS)The international humanitarian charity Oxfam is calling on the World Bank and major donors to raise 1.7 billion dollars to improve poor health systems in Ebola-affected countries and strengthen community networks for preventing another epidemic.Winn...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Africa Civil Society Headlines Health Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations ebola Oxfam World Bank Source Type: news

Clean Cookstoves Could Change the Lives of Millions in Nepal
In Nepal almost 22 million people are affected by indoor air pollution. Credit: Mallika Aryal/IPSBy Mallika AryalPHARPING, Nepal, Apr 15 2015 (IPS)When 26-year-old Laxmi married into the Archaya household in Chhaimale village, Pharping, south of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, she didn’t think she would be spending half the day in the kitchen inhaling smoke from the stove.“The smoke made me cough so much I couldn’t breathe. It was difficult to cook,” the young woman tells IPS.“[Open] fires and traditional cookstoves and fuels is one of the world's most pressing health and environmental proble...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mallika Aryal Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Natural Resources Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Source Type: news

First-Ever Training in Emergency Medicine Begins in Ghana
By Lisa VivesNEW YORK, Apr 14 2015 (IPS)In a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a teaching hospital and other medical groups, Ghana has launched its first-ever training programme in emergency medicine and nursing.Some 15 specialist-emergency physicians, trained in the programme, are already working in hospitals in the Ashanti, Greater Accra and Northern regions. Some 35 trained nurses have been posted to facilities across eight regions in the country.The project emerged in response to the Accra Sports Stadium disaster of May 9, 2001 at the Ohene Djan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lisa Vives Tags: Africa Headlines Health Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Ghana Source Type: news

Opinion: Moment of Truth for the Nobel Peace Prize
In this column, Norwegian lawyer Fredrik S. Heffermehl* and Swedish civil servant Tomas Magnusson* argue that in recent years the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have not reflected the hope of the award’s founder – Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) – that the world be freed of weapons, warriors and war, or promoted the vision of preventing future war by what Nobel called “creating the brotherhood of nations”.By Fredrik S. Heffermehl and Tomas MagnussonOSLO, Apr 10 2015 (IPS)The Nobel Peace Prize is about to bow out to critics. As of Jan. 1, the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee that selects the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fredrik S. Heffermehl and Tomas Magnusson Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Nuclear Energy - Nuclear Weapons Peace Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations advocacy Bar Source Type: news

“Food Safety Policies Are Globally Necessary” Says World Health Organisation
By Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Apr 8 2015 (IPS)To mark World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments around the world and all sectors involved in the food business to introduce food safety policies into their political agendas.Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York, WHO’s Executive Director, Jacob Kumaresan, said, “(Governments) should have comprehensive food safety policies which are matched with appropriate legislation. (This means) robust food safety strategies which include good storage, transportation, retail and good restaurant practices.”Kum...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 8, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Economy & Trade Education Environment Food & Agriculture Global Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations food production Food Safety World Health Organisation Source Type: news

Women Still Struggling to Gain Equal Foothold in Nepal
A woman remains pensive during a support group meeting for families of missing persons in the south-eastern Nepali town of Biratnagar. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Renu KshetryKATHMANDU, Apr 7 2015 (IPS)Kali Sunar, 25, a resident of the Dumpada village in the remote Humla District in Far-West Nepal, lives a life that mirrors millions of her contemporaries.From the minute she rises early in the morning until she finally rests her head at night, this rural woman’s chief concern is how to meet her family’s basic, daily needs."Women leaders have to rise above party lines if they really want to make a differenc...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Renu Kshetry Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour Population Source Type: news

Child Labour on U.S. Tobacco Farms: A Stubborn Problem in a Billion-Dollar Industry
Children who work on tobacco farms in the U.S. are vulnerable to nicotine poisoning, especially when handling wet tobacco leaves. Credit: MgAdDept/CC-BY-SABy Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Apr 6 2015 (IPS)For many young people, the summer is synonymous with free time, relaxation, or family vacations. For less fortunate kids the summer means labour, with scores of youths taking on part-time work to support their families.In the U.S., not only is this work not optional, it is also unhealthy – especially for those unfortunate enough to seek employment on the country’s tobacco farms.“The hardest of all the cro...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity Labour North America Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Categories Terra Source Type: news

U.N.’s Next Stop: Humanitarian Summit to Resolve Exploding Refugee Crisis
Billions of dollars of humanitarian aid pledged last year have been used to provide food, medical relief and other life-saving support to millions of Syrian families. Credit: Beshr Abdulhadi/CC-BY-2.0By Thalif DeenKUWAIT CITY, Apr 2 2015 (IPS)As the world’s spreading humanitarian crisis threatens to spill beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq into Libya and Yemen, the United Nations is already setting its sights on the first World Humanitarian Summit scheduled to take place in Istanbul next year.“Let us make the response to the Syria crisis a launching pad for a new, truly global partnership for h...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humani Source Type: news

Curbing Tobacco Use – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there will be between 1.5 and 1.9 billion smokers worldwide in 2025. Credit: Marius Mellebye/CC-BY-2.0By Diana MendozaABU DHABI, Apr 2 2015 (IPS)The numbers are in, and there’s not much to celebrate: every year, about six million people die as a result of tobacco use, including 600,000 who succumb to the effects of second-hand smoke.Whether consumed by smoking or through other means, tobacco is a deadly business, and while usage statistics vary drastically across countries, time periods and age-groups, one thing is plain to policy makers all over the world: tobacco is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diana Mendoza Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Conferences Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Population Source Type: news

Lesbians Receiving Unequal Treatment from Cuban Health Services
Two women hugging at a Day Against Homophobia in Havana organised by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Ivet GonzálezHAVANA, Apr 1 2015 (IPS)In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women.Many lesbian and bisexual women are afraid of gynaecological instruments and procedures which they experience as particularly distasteful given their...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Ivet Gonzalez Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean LGBTQ Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories Women's Health Cuba National Centre for Se Source Type: news

Pledges for Humanitarian Aid to Syria Fall Short of Target by Billions
More than 12 million people inside Syria are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Credit: European Commission DG ECHO/CC-BY-ND-2.0By Thalif DeenKUWAIT CITY, Mar 31 2015 (IPS)When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stood before 78 potential donors at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait Tuesday, his appeal for funds had an ominous ring to it: the Syrian people, he remarked, “are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time.”Four out of five Syrians live in poverty, misery and deprivation, he said.And the devastated country, now in its fifth turbulent year of a seemingly never-ending civil war, has ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Active Citizens Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Source Type: news

Opinion: A Major Push Forward for Gender and Environment
Bangladeshi women farmers prefer climate-proof crops varieties. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Joni Seager, Deepa Joshi, and Rebecca Pearl-MartinezNEW YORK/NAIROBI, Mar 30 2015 (IPS)Experts from around the world gathered in New York recently to launch work on the Global Gender Environment Outlook (GGEO), the first comprehensive, integrated and global assessment of gender issues in relation to the environment and sustainability.Never before has there been an analysis at the scale of the GGEO or with the global visibility and audience. It will provide governments and other stakeholders with the evidence-based global and regional i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joni Seager, Deepa Joshi, and Rebecca Pearl-Martinez Tags: Active Citizens Advancing Deserts Biodiversity Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN Source Type: news

Activists Protest Denial of Condoms to Africa’s High-Risk Groups
Distributing condoms in prisons and schools has set off a heated debate, rendering the fight against HIV/AIDS a challenge ahead of this year's U.N. deadline for nations to halt its spread. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/ IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Mar 28 2015 (IPS)Tatenda Chivata, a 16-year old from Zimbabwe’s Mutoko rural district, was suspended from school for an entire three-month academic term after he was found with a used condom stashed in his schoolbag.Regerai Chigodora, a 34-year-old prisoner at a jail in Harare, had his 36-year sentence stretched to 45 years after he was caught with used condoms in prison early this ye...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Crime & Justice Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights LGBTQ Poverty & MDGs Projects TerraViva United Nations Children's Act Children's Protection and Adoption Act condom Culture and Source Type: news

Opinion: Education as a Cornerstone for Women’s Empowerment
Girls who report that their domestic chores interfere with their schooling are three times more likely to drop out. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPSBy Dr. Kirsten StoebenauWASHINGTON, Mar 25 2015 (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 Obama administration’s leadership on this ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dr. Kirsten Stoebenau Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Education Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy W Source Type: news

CSW 59 Wraps up as Delegates Look Towards 2016
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks at the Commission on the Status of Women, which ended its 59th session in New York last week. Credit: UN Women/Ryan BrownBy Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 23 2015 (IPS)The Commission on the Status of Women, one of the biggest events on the calendar for United Nations headquarters in New York City, is over for another year. For two weeks, thousands of delegates, dignitaries, ambassadors, experts, and activists flooded the city, with more than 650 events, talks, briefings, meetings, presentations and panels all striving for the same goal – “50:50 by 2...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Democracy Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Governance Globalisation Human Rights Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Source Type: news

Palestinian Women Victims on Many Fronts
Islam Iliwa lost her home and cleaning products business in Gaza following an Israeli bombardment. She is one of many single, divorced mothers struggling to survive under the siege. Credit: Mel Frykberg/IPSBy Mel FrykbergGAZA CITY, Mar 21 2015 (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.In a resolution approved by the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on Mar. 20, Israel’s ongoing occupation of Pales...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mel Frykberg Tags: Armed Conflicts Editors' Choice Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Religion Women's Health Source Type: news

Women in the Philippines at the Forefront of the Health Food Movement
In the Philippines, 22 percent of children under the age of five are underweight, and 32 percent of children are stunted. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Diana MendozaMANILA, Mar 20 2015 (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.Milk formula was one of the hundreds of relief items that streamed into the affected region in...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Diana Mendoza Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Climate Change Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Source Type: news

Sendai Conference Stresses Importance of Women’s Leadership
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says boosting women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction would be a key element of the country’s new programme of international support. Credit: Jamshed Baruah/IPSBy Jamshed Baruah and Katsuhiro AsagiriSENDAI, Japan, Mar 16 2015 (IPS)Women play a critical role in reducing disaster risk and planning and decision-making during and after disasters strike, according to senior United Nations, government and civil society representatives.In fact, efforts at reducing risks can never be fully effective or sustainable if the needs and voices of women are ignored, they agreed.WFP Exe...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jamshed Baruah and Katsuhiro Asagiri Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Climate Chan Source Type: news

Opinion: Gender Equality, the Last Big Poverty Challenge
Young girls in the village of Sonu Khan Almani in Pakistan's Sindh province perform most of the household chores, like making bread. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPSBy Preethi Sundaram and Fiona SalterNEW YORK, Mar 16 2015 (IPS)It is estimated that women account for two-thirds of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty. They also make up 60 per cent of the world’s 572 million working poor.Rapid global change has undoubtedly opened doors for women to participate in social, economic and political life but gender inequality still holds women back.If you can decide who you live with, what happens to your bod...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Preethi Sundaram and Fiona Salter Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty & MDGs Women & Source Type: news

U.N. Audience Shocked by Sexual Health, Abortion Statistics
By Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 2015 (IPS)Audible gasps echoed through the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council chamber on Tuesday, with audiences told the grim impacts of unsafe reproductive practices on women worldwide.Hosted by the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development as part of the mammoth Commission on the Status of Women programme, the presentation on sexual and reproductive health described the stark reality for women who lack access to safe abortion or birthing procedures.“There are 20 million women and girls who undergo unsafe abortion every year...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Global Governance Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Newsbrief Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Gender Inequality Reproductive Health Source Type: news

U.N. Says Maternal Mortality Rate Has Nearly Halved since 1990
By Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 10 2015 (IPS)The global rate of maternal deaths is reducing faster than any time in history, according to a new report presented to the United Nations on Tuesday.The ‘Every Woman Every Child’ initiative has saved 2.4 million women and children since its inception in 2010, claims the report Saving Lives, Protecting Futures, presented by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.The report states maternal mortality has been nearly halved since 1990, and in 2013, 6.4 million fewer children under age five died compared to 1990. Every Woman Every Child states 11 million more...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Development & Aid Gender Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Maternal Health Reproductive Health Source Type: news

An Italian and Tanzanian Partnership
Surviving in Africa, especially when you are a premature baby who requires special care, is not always a certainty. Credit: Casia Ciechanowska/Doctors with Africa CUAMMBy Valentina IeriUNITED NATIONS, Mar 10 2015 (IPS)20 years on from Beijing, gender inequality is still a priority at United Nations.On the first day of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women(CSW)  in New York, the Permanent Missions of Italy and United Republic of Tanzania to the U.N. opened the photographic exhibition ‘A waiting room- Mothers and children first’.The pictures were taken by Polish photographer Kasia Ciechanowska, who...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Valentina Ieri Tags: Aid Gender Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Newsbrief Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Doctors with Africa CUAMM Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) NGOs Tanzania Source Type: news

Guatemala Praised for Policies on Adolescent Girls
By Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 10 2015 (IPS)The government of Guatemala has been praised for a programme helping young women avoid unwanted pregnancies and finish their education.On the opening day of the Commission on the Status of Women at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday, Guatemala was held up as an example of how governments can develop frameworks to protect and promote the rights of young women.Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, praised Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti for her government’s ‘PLANEA’ initiative, providing sexua...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Newsbrief TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Child Rape Guatemala United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

Opinion: The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven
Nepal has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. Over 41 percent of the country’s children suffer from chronic malnutrition, predominantly in rural areas. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPSBy Jomo Kwame SundaramROME, Mar 9 2015 (IPS)In 2014, an estimated 805 million people – one in nine people worldwide – were estimated to be chronically hungry. All but 14 million of the world’s hungry live in developing countries, i.e., 791 million are in developing countries, where the share of the hungry has declined by less than half – from 23.4 per cent (1990-1992) to 13.5 per cent (2012-2014).Progr...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Aid Development & Aid Education Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Wome Source Type: news

The 15 Journalists Putting Women’s Rights on the Front Page
‘Joginis’, otherwise known as India’s ‘temple slaves’, dance outside a temple during a religious festival. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsNEW YORK, Mar 6 2015 (IPS)Media coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights is crucial to achieving international development goals, yet journalists covering these issues often face significant challenges.“When I was a baby, I got sick and some of my family members decided that I should die because I was not a boy. Decades later, I’m inspired by the courage of my mother - and countless other women – to expose and e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 6, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Active Citizens Africa Asia-Pacific Civil Society Democracy Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean North America Population Source Type: news

In India, an Indoor Health Crisis
Kehmli Devi, a middle-aged Indian woman, bends over her wood-burning stove in her home in northern India. Credit: Athar Parzaiv/IPSBy Athar ParvaizSRINAGAR, India, Mar 5 2015 (IPS)For years, Kehmli Devi, a middle-aged woman from the village of Chachadeth in India’s northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, has prepared her family’s meals on a wood-burning stove.She is one of millions of Indian women who cannot afford cooking gas and so relies heavily on firewood as a source of free fuel.Gathering wood is a cumbersome exercise, but Devi has no choice. “It takes us five to six hours to gather what we need ea...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 5, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Athar Parvaiz Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Climate Change Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Green Economy Headlines Health Natural Resources Population P Source Type: news

Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality
Girls attend school in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaUNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS)If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where more girls are in school and more are earning qualifications than ever before; where maternal mortality is at an all-time low; where more women are in leadership positions, and ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Tags: Active Citizens Aid Civil Society Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty Source Type: news

Environmental Damage to Gaza Exacerbating Food Insecurity
Safa Subha and three-year-old Rahat rely on Oxfam aid for food to fight malnutrition after having been accustomed to living on a diet of bread and tea. Credit: Mel Frykberg/IPSBy Mel FrykbergBEIT LAHIYA, Northern Gaza Strip, Mar 1 2015 (IPS)Extensive damage to Gaza’s environment as a result of the Israeli blockade and its devastating military campaign against the coastal territory during last year’s war from July to August, is negatively affecting the health of Gazans, especially their food security.“We were living on bread and tea and my five children were badly malnourished as my husband and I couldn&rs...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mel Frykberg Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Editors' Choice Environment Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & MDGs Water & Sanitation Women's Health Access Restricted Areas (AR Source Type: news

Farm Projects Boost Bangladeshi Women, Children
Women organise themselves into small collectives, to better bargain and trade their produce. Credit: Helen Keller InternationalBy Josh ButlerNEW YORK, Mar 1 2015 (IPS)Women in Bangladesh are carving healthier, wealthier futures for themselves and their children – and they have chicken eggs and pineapples to thank.Since 2009, the non-profit group Helen Keller International has overseen programmes in the eastern Bangladesh region of Chittagong, mentoring women in agriculture to produce food not only for their own families, but also to sell at market."It’s not just about growing their incomes, it’s abou...
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Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration
The world's population reached 7 billion on Oct. 31, 2011. Pictured near an entrance to UN Headquarters is a banner for a global campaign by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to build awareness of the opportunities and challenges posed by this milestone. Credit: UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Joseph ChamieUNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 2015 (IPS)As the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, one question worthy of some reflection is: Is world population better or worse off demographically since the establishment of the U.N.?Some contend that the demography of today’s world population ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Migration & Refugees Population Source Type: news

UN at 70: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration
The world's population reached 7 billion on Oct. 31, 2011. Pictured near an entrance to UN Headquarters is a banner for a global campaign by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to build awareness of the opportunities and challenges posed by this milestone. Credit: UN Photo/Rick BajornasBy Joseph ChamieUNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 2015 (IPS)As the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, one question worthy of some reflection is: Is world population better or worse off demographically since the establishment of the U.N.?Some contend that the demography of today’s world population ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Joseph Chamie Tags: Aid Biodiversity Climate Change Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Migration & Refugees Population Source Type: news

Analysis: Collaboration Key for a Clean India
Sanitation infrastructure in India’s sprawling slums remains a massive challenge. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPSBy Neeraj JainNEW DELHI, Feb 24 2015 (IPS)Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to action for a 100 percent Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2019 was announced as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Campaign last year.With 60 percent of all those practising open defecation globally residing in India, this task is particularly crucial, yet also challenging.We need to think how we are going to engage and influence the behaviour of such a massive audience. It probably requires the most am...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeraj Jain Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Environment Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Population Poverty & MDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women's Health Child mortality Ind Source Type: news

“HeForShe” Campaign Moves to the Next Stage
Emma Watson launching the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative at the end of January in Davos for UN Women. Credit: UN Women/Celeste SlomanBy Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2015 (IPS)It launched in a blaze of social media glory with a viral speech that rocketed around the world, and five months on from the launch of U.N. Women’s groundbreaking HeForShe campaign, the real work is well underway.The campaign, designed to recruit men and boys as key players in the gender equality movement, burst into life in September 2014 with a passionate speech from British actress Emma Watson on the floor of the United Nations in N...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Josh Butler Tags: Civil Society Education Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population TerraViva United Nations Women & Climate Change Women & Economy Women in Politics Women's Health Feminism Gender Equ Source Type: news

Millennium Development Goals: A Mixed Report Card for India
India is home to one-fourth of the world’s poor. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPSBy Neeta LalNEW DELHI, Feb 14 2015 (IPS)Despite being one of the world’s fastest expanding economies, projected to clock seven-percent GDP growth in 2017, India – a nation of 1.2 billion – is trailing behind on many vital social development indices while also hosting one-fourth of the world’s poor.While the United Nations prepares to wrap up a decade-and-a-half of poverty alleviation efforts, framed through the lens of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by the end of this year, the international community has its eyes ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Neeta Lal Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Regional Catego Source Type: news

Cancer Locks a Deadly Grip on Africa, Yet It’s Barely Noticed
Many specialist doctors and nurses in Africa are migrating to greener pastures, leaving cancer patients with few options. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Feb 13 2015 (IPS)Hidden by the struggles to defeat Ebola, malaria and drug-resistant tuberculosis, a silent killer has been moving across the African continent, superseding infections of HIV and AIDS.World Cancer Day commemorated on Feb. 4 may have come and gone, but the spread of cancer in Africa has been worrying global health organisations and experts year round. The continent, they fear, is ill-prepared for another health crisis of enormous proportions....
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 13, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Poverty & MDGs Projects Women's Health Cancer Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) Earthlife Namibia ebola HIV/AIDS Jead Foundation Malaria Ocean Road Cancer Institute (O Source Type: news

OPINION: The Plight of Women and Girls in Zambezi’s Floods
Flooding in Malawi. Courtesy of the Malawi Red Cross SocietyBy Julitta Onabanjo and Michael CharlesUNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2015 (IPS)The flooding of the Zambezi River has had devastating consequences for three countries in Southern Africa. The three worst affected countries are Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Livestock has drowned, crops have been submerged or washed away and infrastructure has been badly damaged.Imagine being a pregnant woman airlifted from the floodplains and placed in a camp with no midwives, no sterilised equipment nor medical supplies to ensure a safe delivery. Worse still, hundreds of lives have ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Dr. Julitta Onabanjo and Michael Charles Tags: Active Citizens Africa Africa Climate Wire Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & MDGs The Source Type: news

Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe struggles to contain maternity deaths. Here in this southern African nation, the number of women dying in childbirth continues to rise. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/ IPSBy Jeffrey MoyoHARARE, Jan 30 2015 (IPS)For 47-year-old Albert Mangwendere from Mutoko, a district 143 kilometres east of Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, transporting his three pregnant wives using a wheelbarrow to a local clinic has become routine, with his wives delivering babies one after the other.But these routines have not always been a source of joy for Mangwendere.“Over the past twenty years, I have been ferrying my pregnant wives to a local ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jeffrey Moyo Tags: Africa Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & MDGs Projects Women's Health Childbirth Corruption Health Transition Fund healthcare maternity Millennium D Source Type: news