230 million global children born paperless without birth certificates

230 million global children born paperless without birth certificates

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNICEF) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Nearly 230 million children under the age of five have not had their births officially recorded, excluding them from education, health care and social security, reported UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund. That is approximately one in three of all children under five who are unregistered […]

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

UN talks ‘Equality for All’ while LGBTI marginalization continues

Katherine Robinson – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence ends this Tuesday at a poignant time: on International Human Rights Day, the same day South Africa will hold the official memorial service for one of the world’s most respected human rights icons. Sadly, every call for equality and […]

Stateless and waiting in Kuwait

Stateless and waiting in Kuwait

Khawla al Suwaidi – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) Kuwait City, KUWAIT, WESTERN ASIA: As the difficulties of being of Iraqi descent and a paperless member of Kuwaiti society continues to stack up year-by-year, 33-year-old Ms. Khawla al Suwaidi sends a letter to the world asking for wisdom, compassionate understanding and solutions. She is not alone in […]

CAMBODIA: Global advocates see land grab protester convictions as harassment

CAMBODIA: Global advocates see land grab protester convictions as harassment

Naly Pilorge – WNN Justice (WNN/GDN) CAMBODIA, ASIA: In the first nine months of the year, we have seen the killing of Cambodia‘s leading environmental activist, a journalist and a 14-year-old girl whose community faced eviction. We’ve also seen the conviction of 13 land activists for legitimate protests; a judicial move against one of the country’s most respected human rights activists; the harassment of […]

CHIAPAS: No options but substandard healthcare for poor women

CHIAPAS: No options but substandard healthcare for poor women

Juana de Jesús Pérez Mendez – Women News Network – WNN MDG Stories This searing October 2009 story covers the needs for adequate health facilities for women suffering under extreme poverty in Chiapas, Mexico. SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS — Amidst broken windows and makeshift walls, sewer rats play among boxes of nutritional supplements for […]

Mexico’s indigenous domestics want education and human rights

Mexico’s indigenous domestics want education and human rights

Maria Antonieta Gómez Álvarez / Chiapas correspondent WNN Features San Cristóbal de las Casas – Chiapas, Mexico — As maids, cooks, nannies and housekeepers they work behind closed doors, away from the public eye; unprotected by Mexican labor laws. Carmen Sánchez Gómez’s hand trembles as she struggles to form the letters her teacher slowly spells […]