Hottest Places on Earth

Hottest Places on Earth

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth – Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a […]

Church of England Votes to Accept Women as Bishops

Church of England Votes to Accept Women as Bishops

Stephen Castle – New York Times – Thursday, 17 July 2014 (originally published 14 Jul) LONDON — After years of deadlock and division, the Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, overturning centuries of tradition and overcoming a long-running dispute that had undermined the unity of Anglicans. The changes will […]

Lack of sustainable engergy is harder on women

Lack of sustainable engergy is harder on women

Lisa Anderson for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) New York, UNITED STATES, NORTHERN AMERICA: More than 2 billion people in the world have limited or no access to electricity. Nearly 3 billion still cook over fires, and more than 4 million die each year due to indoor pollution generated by lack of […]

World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground

World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground

Isobel Coleman – Council on Foreign Relations – Wednesday, 21 May 2014 (originally published 17 May) Over the past several decades, the World Bank has been an important thought leader on the value of investing in women and girls. In 2001, the Bank released a seminal report, “Engendering Development – Through Gender Equality in Rights, […]

No green growth without gender equality

No green growth without gender equality

UNRIC – Friday January 3, 2014 (originally published 31 Dec) Women and men have different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues in different ways. They tend to prefer different means of transport, and their consumption patterns vary. Moreover, women in the world’s developing countries are affected more severely by climate change and natural disasters than […]

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Is internal corruption slowing progress in developing countries?

Philippa Garson for IRIN – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With the realization that corruption is undermining development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), experts are lobbying the UN to adopt goals and targets on good governance and transparency in the post-2015 development agenda. A high-level […]

Stunning photos show what makes it a girls’ world

Stunning photos show what makes it a girls’ world

Nicola Anderson – Independent.ie – Friday, 04 October 2013 (originally published 30 September) Their faces are compellingly beautiful, though on first glimpse they appear to have little in common. For all their differences, their lives are rooted in one simple statement: “Because I am girl”. These striking images are part of a new photography project […]

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

New report says global hunger can be reduced with push to meet MDG goals

Megan Rowling for TRF – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF-Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: The Millennium Development Goal to halve the proportion of hungry people in the world is “within reach” but only if considerable extra effort is made immediately, U.N. food agencies said on Tuesday. The number of people suffering from chronic hunger – […]

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