Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Zach Dyer – Tico Times – Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug) A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America. Despite its concerns about the rising rates of violence and the growing presence […]

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Battle against hunger lost without gender empowerment

Thalif Deen – Thomson Reuters Foundaton – AlertNet via  IPS – Inter Press Service – Friday 7 June, 2013 UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2013 (IPS) – When the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) back in 2001, two of its primary objectives were to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 and promote […]

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Are Key to Addressing Global Poverty

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Are Key to Addressing Global Poverty

Rebecca Lefton – Center for American Progress – Thursday, 14 March 2013 (originally published 11 Mar) President Barack Obama pledged during his January 2013 State of the Union address that the United States would join with its allies to “eradicate” extreme poverty over the “next two decades” by connecting more people to the global economy […]

Advocacy for street children in Uganda can bring change

Advocacy for street children in Uganda can bring change

Joseline Amony – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Gulu, UGANDA, AFRICA: As Uganda joined the world to mark the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, a key concern remained. It’s how we can insure the rights of children in conflict and post conflict environments. In northern Uganda, children below the age of 18 have been the most […]

United Nations Security Council asks for peace with quick action in Mali

United Nations Security Council asks for peace with quick action in Mali

WNN Breaking (WNN) Bamako, MALI, AFRICA: As the region surrounding the northern borders of Mali suffer continued destabilization, the United Nations Security Council is calling for “swift action” with an integrated approach that will promote peace to stop the continuing deterioration in the region. According to the UN, over 203,845 people have been displaced in the […]

EL SALVADOR: Women work to save ecosystem through forest conservation

EL SALVADOR: Women work to save ecosystem through forest conservation

Edgardo Ayala and Claudia Ávalos – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GDN) San Julián, Los Lagartos, EL SALVADOR: Subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of communities in El Salvador where peasant farmers grow corn and beans on infertile hillsides. The harvests are steadily declining due to climate phenomena. These communities, and especially local farms, are hit hard by […]

Energy Forests, the Feminine Art of Reforesting

Energy Forests, the Feminine Art of Reforesting

Edgardo Ayala and Claudia Ávalos –IPS – Monday, 04 May 2012 (originally published 30 Apr) SAN JULIÁN, El Salvador, Apr 30, 2012 (IPS) – María Elena Muñoz industriously weeds a clearing in the forest and then digs several holes, where she and another four dozen women are planting plantain seedlings, to help feed their families […]

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

AFRICA: Poverty Zimbabwe hits women and children hardest

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda – WNN Opinion (WNN) Rural ZIMBABWE, Africa: It has been a sad week for many people in Zimbabwe as the issue of underwear became a public policy issue. The poor, mostly women have become so poor, that the country had to regulate the importation of second hand underwear. In our culture and social life, […]