Developing countries suffer midwife shortage

Developing countries suffer midwife shortage

Joe DeCapua for VOA – WNN Science & Health (WNN) Washington DC, UNITED STATES, NORTHERN AMERICA: A new report said there’s a severe shortage of midwives in more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Those countries suffer 96 percent of the world’s maternal deaths and more than 90 percent of stillbirths and […]

Asian cage-fighter strikes blow for region’s women

Asian cage-fighter strikes blow for region’s women

AFP – Gulf News – Tuesday, 08 October 2013 (originally published 04 Oct) Singapore: A young Singaporean is hoping her fast hands and feet can strike a blow for Asian women when she joins the region’s tiny ranks of female cage-fighters next month. Sherilyn Lim is polite and pretty but beyond that, the stereotypes crumble […]

Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Marianela Jarroud – IPS – Monday, 18 March 2013 (originally published 13 Mar) SANTIAGO, Mar 13 2013 (IPS) – Three indigenous communities from the Chilean highlands have just received solar panels, which will be set up and maintained by unlikely solar engineers: five native women who travelled halfway around the world to India and overcame […]

Giant ‘Comfort Women’ poster erected in Times Square

Giant ‘Comfort Women’ poster erected in Times Square

Anna Watanabe – Asian Correspondent – Wednesday, 10 October 2012 (originally published 05 Oct) South Korean singer and well known political campaigner Jang-hoon Kim and Public Relations expert Prof. Kyoung-duk Seo are taking the sensitive topic of Comfort Women to the US. A poster,asking “Do You Remember?” was erected in New York’s Times Square on […]

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Many Asian Women Now Manage Family Finances

Paul Zach – Jakarta Globe – Wednesday, 25 April 2012 (originally published 23 Apr) Ismail Giu no longer pockets the money he earns as the man in charge of protocol for the government of Gorontalo in Indonesia. It all goes straight into his wife’s bank account. In yet another sign that times are changing in […]

The Rights of Women

The Rights of Women

Shoba Shukla  – Asia Sentinel – Tuesday, 14 February 2012 (originally published 09 Feb) The Gender Agenda: Making HIV Responses Work for Key Affected Women and Girls The health of women and girls across the world, particularly from HIV transmissions, is threatened by a long list of inequalities simply because they are females. In a […]

Slavery in Thailand spreading

Slavery in Thailand spreading

UPI – Thursday, 01 September 2011 (originally published 29 Aug) BANGKOK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Human trafficking in Cambodia and Thailand is no longer limited to women and children, a Cambodian rights activist said. Poor formers in Cambodia are convinced to leave home on the promise of better work in Thailand. Many are finding themselves […]

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Nepal correspondent Nilima Raut with Shubhi Tandon – WNN Features (WNN) KATHMANDU: The centuries old practice of chhaupadi in Nepal can cause prolonged depression in girls and women. In extreme cases it can also cause death. Chhaupadi pratha, or ritual practice, places Nepali women and girls in a limbo of isolation. In history it is […]