Women Call the Shots on Mega Copper Mine

Women Call the Shots on Mega Copper Mine

Catherine Wilson – IPS – Wednesday, 19 October 2011 (originally published Oct 17) BUKA, Bougainville , Oct 17, 2011 (IPS) – Whether the world’s largest open-cut mine on this island territory of Papua New Guinea (PNG) will resume copper and gold production, after being mothballed for 22 years, will depend on how satisfied matrilineal landowners […]

Cherishing the roles and crafts of rural women

Cherishing the roles and crafts of rural women

The Express Tribune – Tuesday, 18 October 2011 (originally published 16 Oct) ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference on Saturday urged for the need to promote women artisans and recognise the role of working women in the nation’s development. he two-day conference,  “From Food Security to Peace and Security”, was organised as part of a series of […]

Microcredit Fights to Regain Credibility

Microcredit Fights to Regain Credibility

Manipadma Jena – IPS – Wednesday, 12 October 2011 (originally published 09 Oct) BHUBANESWAR, Oct 9, 2011 (IPS) – As microcredit institutions – once touted as the vital ‘last mile’ in extending credit to poor rural women -fight a government backlash that has encouraged honest borrowers to turn defaulters, hopes for revival hinge on a […]

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Tim Large –  Alertnet – Tuesday, 11 October 2011 (originally published 07 Oct) HAEJU, North Korea, Oct 6 (AlertNet) – In a pediatric hospital in North Korea’s most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy. “Their mothers have to bring them […]

Madagascar woman gives honest account of life hardships

Madagascar woman gives honest account of life hardships

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) MADAGASCAR: A 38-year-old woman named Say Louise from Ilafitsignana, Madacascar has happy memories of childhood, when her father’s job with the port management authority in Fort Dauphin (and later his farming and fishing) provided for all the family’s needs. Harvests and fish were plentiful. Her difficulties came as an adult when […]

Zimbabwe: What Does Women’s Empowerment Mean to You?

Zimbabwe: What Does Women’s Empowerment Mean to You?

Zimbabwe Government – The Herald via All Africa – Thursday, 06 October 2011 (originally published 02 Oct) It is a well-established fact that there exist inequalities between men and women due to a long history of male dominance, advanced by cultural, religious, economic and political institutions among many societies. As a result, the majority of […]

Mary Robinson and The Elders make child marriage prevention a top priority

Mary Robinson and The Elders make child marriage prevention a top priority

Marcia G. Yerman – WNN Features (WNN) New York: When the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations convened in New York City in mid-September, those striving to get attention for specific agendas presented their causes at satellite conferences around Manhattan. Members of The Elders, a contingent of independent global leaders focusing on “peace and human […]