Women Deliver: Young Women Climate Warriors Speak

Stella Paul – WNN Features (WNN) Copenhagen, Denmark, EUROPE:  Seven years have gone by since then, but Majandra Rodrigues Acha of Lima still cannot forget the day she saw the true face of a woman’s vulnerability. It was June 2009 and television channels across Peru were broadcasting the news of a riot that erupted between […]

PERU: Medical war on women's reproductive rights continues

PERU: Medical war on women's reproductive rights continues

Rhona Scullion – WNN Features (WNN) Lima, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA: The noise in Lima, Peru’s grey capital city, is overwhelming as countless vehicles tear around each other using car horns indiscriminately despite large signs proclaiming, “Silencio” on every street. They take no notice of the demands. A similar attitude prevails towards women’s rights in this […]

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 […]

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Mitra Taj for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Lima, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA: An indigenous activist whose lawsuits helped derail plans to dam Peruvian rivers to supply electricity to Brazil has won a top environmental award in the United States, prize organizers said on Monday. Ruth Buendia, a 37-year-old leader of the Ashaninka people in […]

Indigenous women gather in Peru

Indigenous women gather in Peru

Brianna Piazza – World News Australia Radio – Monday, 04 November 2013 (originally published 31 Oct) The World Conference of Indigenous Women has seen more than 200 women demand that indigenous women receive greater prominence at every level of decision-making. They are also calling on governments to provide adequate funding to meet the specific needs […]

Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change

Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change

Mariela Jara – IPS -Tuesday, 05 June 2012 (originally published 29 May) LIMA, May 29, 2012 (IPS) – For ages, rural women in the Peruvian highlands have been selecting and storing seeds, ensuring their preservation. But the authorities have failed to tap into this storehouse of knowledge and experience, despite the contributions it could make […]

Justice Delayed for Forced Sterilization Victims in Peru

Justice Delayed for Forced Sterilization Victims in Peru

Carla Salazar & Frank Bajak – The Ledger – Mondy, 20 February 2012 (originally published 14 Feb) LIMA, Peru | It was 1996 when Micaela Flores and 15 other women from Peru’s highlands accepted an ambulance ride to a Cuzco clinic, lured by the offer of a free medical checkup. But when they arrived, the […]

First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

History.com – Friday, 06 January 2012 (originally published 03 Jan) Nearly 250 years after Jeanne Baret became the first woman to circumnavigate the planet, scientists have named a new plant species in her honor. A French botanist who disguised herself as a man to join Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s journey around the world, she helped […]

Peru women fight for justice over forced sterilisation

Peru women fight for justice over forced sterilisation

Mattia Cabitza – BBC News – Friday, 09 December 2011 (originally published 06 Dec) Peru’s government has reopened an investigation into a controversial birth control programme of sterilisation. The announcement has brought fresh hope to the many women and men who feel their rights were violated. “You give birth like pigs or hamsters!” Aurelia Paccohuanca […]