Global women farmers take land ownership rights to court

Global women farmers take land ownership rights to court

Stella Dawson – WNN Improve It (WNN/TLW) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: At first, she moved into the city. After two years, she returned to her community in Kiambu County to persuade the tribal chief and elders that she and her mother-in-law should not be reduced to squatters on the death of their husbands but […]

Global teen girls face ‘double-danger’ under sexual intimidation

Global teen girls face ‘double-danger’ under sexual intimidation

Davinder Kumar – WNN Improve It (WNN/PI) San Salvador, EL SALVADOR, AMERICAS: In Marcela’s community, back home on the outskirts of San Salvador, girls dread going to school once they become adolescents. They are routinely harassed by boys in their classes and many are coerced into abusive sexual relations. The consequences are particularly devastating for […]

Global women’s rights in family planning is key to economic empowerment

Global women’s rights in family planning is key to economic empowerment

Lisa Anderson – WNN Improve It   (WNN/TLW) New York, NEW YORK, U.S.: Voluntary family planning is considered key to improved maternal and child health, economic productivity and social welfare, yet 222 million women in developing nations still lack access to modern contraceptives, according to a new report from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). […]

Industrial pollutants connected to increased disease risk worldwide

Industrial pollutants connected to increased disease risk worldwide

WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES: This year’s World’s worst pollution problems (pdf) report has been published by the Blacksmith Institute in partnership with Green Cross Switzerland. It documents, for the first time, the public health impact of industrial pollutants – lead, mercury, chromium, radionuclides and pesticides – in the air, […]

CARE & global advocates work to stop child marriage on International Day of the Girl

CARE & global advocates work to stop child marriage on International Day of the Girl

WNN Improve It (WNN/CARE) Global: In honor of the first-ever International Day of the Girl, the global poverty-fighting organization, CARE, has launched a campaign to help end child marriage and is calling on the U.S. government to make ending early marriage a priority. The following stories illustrate how child marriage and poverty play into the […]

Chronic poverty increases as the poor move increasingly into urban cities

Chronic poverty increases as the poor move increasingly into urban cities

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) GLOBAL: In a world where more than half of the population lives in cities, poverty is increasingly an urban phenomenon. As researchers and aid agencies struggle to distinguish between chronic poverty and acute vulnerability IRIN, a humanitarian news service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, reviewed efforts […]