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Kenyan Girls Use ‘Talking Box’ to Write What’s Wrong

May 28, 2012

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By Rose OdengoWeNews correspondent Monday, May 28, 2012 Some schoolgirls in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, are writing down their problems and submitting them to a message box. Schools are using the information to alleviate everything from molestation to family financial pressures. NAIROBI, Kenya (WOMENSENEWS)–It is 2:30 p.m. in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. Under a vengefully […]

Why Are Teen Moms Poor?

May 20, 2012

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Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies. They have babies because they’re poor. By Matthew Yglesias|Posted Monday, May 14, 2012, at 5:01 PM ET Surprising new research shows that babies don’t make teen moms poor. Being poor causes them to have babies.iStockphoto. Delivering the commencement address last weekend at the evangelical Liberty […]

The Brothel Next Door

May 15, 2012

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Turkey is cracking down on the sex trade. What’s next? BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN | MAY 14, 2012 Under the shade of a tree at an Istanbul cafe, Suzan, a voluptuous woman in her 50s with dyed blond hair and a warm, generous smile, describes how she went from teenage bride to full-time sex worker. […]

What Disrespect Looks Like to Women

May 3, 2012

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Posted: 05/ 1/2012Linda Durnell Behavior that denigrates women is prevalent throughout the world. Women are wives, co-workers, sisters, mothers, friends, daughters and over half of the population, and most of these women will be disrespected for simply being a woman. When women’s issues are regarded as secondary to those of men’s — as illustrated by […]

India’s Dalit women and the real cost of fast fashion

May 2, 2012

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Posted on 01 May 2012 Julie Tomlin WVoN co-editor The High Street frenzy that follows when the Duchess of Cambridge is snapped wearing a new dress can lead to 24-hour shifts for women working in some of India’s garment factories. That’s one of the findings of a new report Maid in India that reveals the […]

The Word on Women – Forced sterilization and the Millennium Development Goals

April 27, 2012

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By Widney Brown | Yesterday at 4:53 PM | Comments ( 1 ) Two reports by the BCC this month raise the spectre that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which include reducing maternal mortality and ensuring environmental sustainability may actually be undermining women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The BBC has reported on the UK […]

Child marriages blight Bangladesh

April 25, 2012

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By Angus CrawfordBBC News Oli, bottom right, is trying to educate parents about the perils of child marriage Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law. Why? “It is the […]

Millennium Goals Mock Nepal’s Slave Girls

April 21, 2012

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By Naresh Newar These former slave girls face extreme poverty. Credit:Naresh Newar/IPS DANG, Nepal , Apr 20, 2012 (IPS) – Five years after Nepal abolished Kamalari, a system of girl slavery, thousands of young women are still awaiting promised rehabilitation and support from the new democratic republic. Some 11,000 ‘liberated’ Kamalari girls, many of them […]

Unions take aim at discrimination against Latinas

April 4, 2012

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by: Mark Gruenberg April 2 2012 Photo: At National Day of Action Against Wage Theft rally, San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010. Marilyn Bechtel/PW WASHINGTON – With Latinas being among the most-discriminated-against groups in U.S. society, the union movement’s major constituency group for Hispanic-named workers, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement has issued a […]

Rural women’s empowerment: A long road ahead

March 30, 2012

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Published: 27/03/2012 © FAO/G. Napolitano Advancing rural women’s economic empowerment and access to decent rural employment, supporting associations in giving them a stronger voice in decision-making, and fostering their better access to land are three priority areas in enabling rural women to realize their full potential for food and nutrition security. The UN Inter-Agency Task […]

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

February 18, 2012

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By JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISEPublished: February 17, 2012 LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. […]

Peta’s vegan sex ad shows it has tofu for brains

February 17, 2012

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Flirting with domestic violence imagery in your shock-tactic marketing is not the way to promote an animal-free diet Arwa Mahdawi guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 February 2012 This article contains content of sexual nature. If you don’t like it, jog on. If you are still reading, it may have something to do with the fact that shock […]

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 […]

Will the ‘girl effect’ really help to combat poverty?

February 10, 2012

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Many development organisations see empowering girls – and enabling them to delay childbearing – as a powerful means to tackle poverty, but the evidence so far doesn’t bear this out Girls sell coffee in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Alamy The call to invest in adolescent girls has been sweeping the development field in recent years. […]

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

UNICEF Funding Falls Short Leaving Millions of Children at Risk

February 4, 2012

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By Bari Bates UNICEF’s funding shortfall could leave millions of children like these searching for a living in garbage. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS BRUSSELS, Feb 3 , 2012 (IPS) – If the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had 1.28 billion dollars it could help 97 million people around the world. It could relieve five million drought-affected […]

Topless protesters detained at Davos World Economic Forum

January 30, 2012

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The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests By The Associated PressSaturday, January 28, 2012 Anja Niedringhaus/APThe activists are from a group which has have become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests against a range of issues including oppression of political opposition. DAVOS, […]

Topless protesters detained at Davos World Economic Forum

January 30, 2012

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The activists are from the group Femen, which has become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests By The Associated PressSaturday, January 28, 2012 Anja Niedringhaus/APThe activists are from a group which has have become popular in Ukraine for staging small, half-naked protests against a range of issues including oppression of political opposition. DAVOS, […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Why women will prove vital in the battle against poverty

September 3, 2011

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In her 10 years as chief executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking has overseen many initiatives that work with and for women around the world Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam. Photograph: David Levene The idea that increasing female empowerment is the best way to reduce poverty isn’t new, but […]

Why women will prove vital in the battle against poverty

September 3, 2011

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In her 10 years as chief executive of Oxfam, Barbara Stocking has overseen many initiatives that work with and for women around the world Emine Sanerguardian.co.uk, Thursday 1 September 2011 Barbara Stocking, chief executive of Oxfam. Photograph: David Levene The idea that increasing female empowerment is the best way to reduce poverty isn’t new, but […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Haiti quake creates new crisis among women, girls

August 31, 2011

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By Jacqueline CharlesMiami Herald PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never seen a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year’s devastating earthquake, health and human rights officials warn of an another crisis: […]

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty

August 23, 2011

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Bill QuigleyLaw Professor, Loyola University New OrleansPosted: 8/22/11 Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender and poverty. The following offer some […]

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty

August 23, 2011

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Bill QuigleyLaw Professor, Loyola University New OrleansPosted: 8/22/11 Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender and poverty. The following offer some […]

Madagascar maids: Misery in the Middle East

August 20, 2011

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Poor women are most a risk of being duped into travelling to the Middle East By Hannah McNeishBBC News, Antananarivo19 August 2011 Forced to work as a “slave maid” for wealthy families in Lebanon for 15 years, Abeline Baholiarisoa – a 59-year-old woman from Madagascar – finally achieved her freedom in March. Madagascar’s government chartered […]

Madagascar maids: Misery in the Middle East

August 20, 2011

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Poor women are most a risk of being duped into travelling to the Middle East By Hannah McNeishBBC News, Antananarivo19 August 2011 Forced to work as a “slave maid” for wealthy families in Lebanon for 15 years, Abeline Baholiarisoa – a 59-year-old woman from Madagascar – finally achieved her freedom in March. Madagascar’s government chartered […]

MADAGASCAR: Sex for school fees

August 6, 2011

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Photo: Guy Oliver/IRINA homeless boy in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo climbs a sign post ANTANANARIVO, 1 August 2011 (IRIN) – The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned […]

MADAGASCAR: Sex for school fees

August 6, 2011

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Photo: Guy Oliver/IRINA homeless boy in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo climbs a sign post ANTANANARIVO, 1 August 2011 (IRIN) – The ambition of 16-year-old Madagascan schoolgirl Nadine* is to open a clothes boutique after completing a college course in textile design, but in the meantime, along with eight of her friends, she has turned […]

Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty

August 2, 2011

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01 Aug 2011 18:18Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Newly-wed Krishna, 11, lifts her veil during her wedding ceremony with 13-year-old Kishan Gopal in a village near Kota in the north-western state of Rajasthan, May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (TrustLaw) – Child marriage is a global scourge that steals the innocence […]

Child marriage condemns millions of girls to poverty

August 2, 2011

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01 Aug 2011 18:18Source: trustlaw // Lisa Anderson Newly-wed Krishna, 11, lifts her veil during her wedding ceremony with 13-year-old Kishan Gopal in a village near Kota in the north-western state of Rajasthan, May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui By Lisa Anderson NEW YORK (TrustLaw) – Child marriage is a global scourge that steals the innocence […]