[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

[Zimbabwe] Traditional leaders support land for women

Clayton Masekesa – Zimbabwean – Thursday, 01 May 2014 (originally published 29 Apr) For many years Lucia Makawa, 43, has been deprived of the right to land of her own due to cultural practices. This widowed mother of five children has been looked down upon and ill-treated as she tried to voice her concerns about […]

Nepal rural field workers uncertain under climate change

Nepal rural field workers uncertain under climate change

Laurie Goering for TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Kathmandu, NEPAL SOUTHERN ASIA: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the […]

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Respect for all women is vital for climate & gender researchers

Miranda Morgan – WNN Earth Watch – Bangladesh (WNN/WF) Dhaka, BANGLADESH, SOUTH ASIA: I had just arrived at our training venue in Dhaka and watched as the manager stood at the top of the stairs, violently screaming orders at the woman rushing around to help me.  When I expressed my distaste for his behavior, especially […]

Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

Closing Malaysia gender gap in farming brings stronger economy to region

WNN Breaking (WNN/SD) Penang, MALAYSIA, ASIA: Productivity losses due to the agriculture “gender gap” are straining global economies, a conference has heard. This was the consensus of gender scientists and agricultural researchers at a workshop in Malaysia that aimed to develop an agenda for gender transformative research for the agricultural sector. The conference, held in Penang this month, […]

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

Women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa set to recieve millions in funding

WNN Breaking (WNN) Nairobi, KENYA: African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has just announced that its program, which develops the research and leadership skills of top women agricultural scientists in Africa, has received new joint funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US$14 million) and the United States Agency for International Development […]

Women in law [India]

Women in law [India]

Kalpana Sharma – Hindu – Wednesday, 19 September 2012 (originally published 15 Sept) Two weeks ago I had predicted that the wasted Monsoon session of Parliament would do no work at all. I was wrong. Apparently, it managed to do some work. At the very last minute, before our worthy Members of Parliament headed back […]

INDIA: Women farmers want non-GM heirloom seeds for food security India

INDIA: Women farmers want non-GM heirloom seeds for food security India

Vandana Shiva – WNN Opinion (WNN) Delhi, INDIA: Industrial agriculture is pushing species to extinction through the use of toxic chemicals that kill our bees and butterflies, our earthworms and soil organisms that create soil fertility. Plant and animal varieties are disappearing as monocultures displace biodiversity. Industrial, globalized agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse […]

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Women’s Decade needs impetus

Refiloe Joala – New Age – Thursday, 01 March 2012 The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) is a bold political initiative that aims to put women at the centre of development on the continent. Launched in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2010, with roots traceable to the UN First World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City […]

Empowering women farmers can help relieve global hunger

Empowering women farmers can help relieve global hunger

Juhie Bhatia – Women News Network – WNN MDG Stories As global food prices continue to remain high, with potential increases on the horizon because of soaring oil prices and supply concerns, experts says there is one often-overlooked solution for fighting hunger: women Gender gap Women are vital to food production in many developing countries, […]