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More care needed for South Asian widows and single women

May 28, 2012

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Posted on 28 May 2012. Aisha FarooqWVoN co-editor Supporters of women’s rights across South Asia gathered last week in Islamabad to discuss better care policies for widows and single women. Hosted by the Aurat Foundation and the South Asian Network for Widows’ Empowerment in Development (SANWED), the two-day workshop sought to uncover and resolve the […]

Plummeting breastfeeding rates in East Asia “alarming” -expert

May 3, 2012

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03 May 2012 12:29Source: alertnet // Thin Lei Win A baby sleep in a hammock inside a temporary house built after the 2004 Tsunami at Lok Kruet village, in Aceh Besar April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Beawiharta By Thin Lei Win BANGKOK (AlertNet) – Faced with plummeting rates of breastfeeding – a “natural vaccine” – East Asia […]

Tobacco’s War on Women

May 2, 2012

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The global tobacco industry is targeting women in emerging markets. Can public policy rise to the challenge? BY BRAD EDMONDSON | MAY 1, 2012 Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images When a young paralegal in Mumbai or Hanoi lights up, it feels so good in so many ways. She loves the nicotine hit, of course, but she loves […]

Akshaya Tritiya: Hotbed of child marriages

April 27, 2012

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On the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’, thousands of child brides become victims of early marriage in India. Chaitra Arjunpuri Last Modified: 24 Apr 2012 Child marriage dates back to India’s ancient period [EPA] “I am one of those unfortunate Hindu women whose hard lot is to suffer the unnameable miseries entailed by the custom […]

Global Gender Imbalance Poses Critical Problems for Women

February 22, 2012

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By Charundi Panagoda A group of Chinese boys plays in the mud. By 2013, one in 10 Chinese men of marriageable age will lack a female counterpart. Credit:Jimmiehomeschoolmom/CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON, Feb 21, 2012 (IPS) – In 2005, there were 163 million more men in Asia, more than the entire female population of the United […]

Together we can end child marriage: building momentum in South Asia

February 22, 2012

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Every year an estimated 10 million girls are married before they turn 18. Nearly half of them live in South Asia. In February 2012, Girls Not Brides brought together over 70 organisations from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, to discuss how to create change across the region. All were united in the […]

ASIA: Isolation, poverty loom for an aging population

February 14, 2012

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Photo: David Longstreath/IRINMore of her in coming years BANGKOK, 14 February 2012 (IRIN) – With 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia has one of the largest concentrations globally of aging persons, creating a host of potential challenges, experts warn. “Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before […]