Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Aira Kalela – Responding to Climate Change – Tuesday, 05 August 2014 (originally published 4 Aug) Climate change will increase inequality between men and women without action, says Finland’s former climate chief. Integrating a gender approach in the new climate agreement will be vital to provide the legal base for promoting gender responsive climate action […]

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 […]

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 […]

Argentina: Women will now collect welfare money

Argentina: Women will now collect welfare money

Debora Rey – Bloomberg Business Week – Tuesday, 09 July 2013 (originally published 06 Jul) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Andrea Nerone lost her home and later was denied welfare to support her family after her husband abandoned her and their four children late last year. A decree recently issued by Argentina’s female president could […]

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 […]

New Feminism Tears Down Walls in Brazil

New Feminism Tears Down Walls in Brazil

Fabiana Frayssinet – IPS – 04 January 2013 RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 4 2013 (IPS) – Anarkia Boladona has turned the streets of Brazil into billboards against domestic violence. As a self-titled feminist political graffiti artist, she represents a new trend in women’s rights that seeks less academic and more daring and popular avenues of […]

Colombian women migrants say “life is not so easy” in Brazil

Colombian women migrants say “life is not so easy” in Brazil

Luisa Pascoareli – WNN Features (WNN) São Paulo, BRAZIL: Known throughout the world as a ‘welcoming’ country, Brazil in the last decade has opened its doors to more than 286,000 immigrants. They have come from a diverse group of global regions, all for different reasons, coming from the United States, Japan, Paraguay, Portugal and Bolivia, according […]