Young mothers living in poverty, toxic stress and violence

Young mothers living in poverty, toxic stress and violence

IRIN – WNN Science and Health (IRIN) New York, NORTH AMERICA: Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.  There is an emerging body of scientific evidence to show that the environment in […]

EL SALVADOR: Women work to save ecosystem through forest conservation

EL SALVADOR: Women work to save ecosystem through forest conservation

Edgardo Ayala and Claudia Ávalos – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GDN) San Julián, Los Lagartos, EL SALVADOR: Subsistence agriculture is the mainstay of communities in El Salvador where peasant farmers grow corn and beans on infertile hillsides. The harvests are steadily declining due to climate phenomena. These communities, and especially local farms, are hit hard by […]

Forty-two: Women of Sierra Leone

Forty-two: Women of Sierra Leone

Phil Coomes  – BBC – Monday, 30 April 2012 (originally published 25 Apr) Photographer Lee Karen Stow has worked in more than 60 countries as both a journalist and later as a photographer, often dipping in out of people’s lives as assignments dictated. Yet five years ago she began work on a two-week project that […]

Renting wombs

Renting wombs

Divya Gupta – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/PL) INDIA “Human beings have two main instincts: the instinct of self-protection and the instinct to reproduce,” says Dr Nayana Patel. And she should know – she has carved out a career matching infertile couples with poor women willing to “rent their wombs”. Beginning with a couple of surrogacies […]

Harvesting a Field of Their Own –Woman’s Right to Food in the Global Food Crisis

Harvesting a Field of Their Own –Woman’s Right to Food in the Global Food Crisis

Lys Anzia – WNN Features World Food Programme delivers food to Haitian women – Image: Peter Casier /UNWFP The fight for women against hunger and malnutrition isn’t getting any easier. Rising food prices and lower food assistance programs worldwide are causing the ability to help women and their families reach the lowest levels of output […]

“Nothing to Go Back To” – The Fate of the Widows of Vrindavan, India

“Nothing to Go Back To” – The Fate of the Widows of Vrindavan, India

Lys Anzia -WNN Features “In many conservative Indian Hindu families, widows are shunned because they’re seen as bringing bad luck. Superstitious relatives even blame them for their husband’s death. The widow can become a liability with no social standing, an unwanted mouth to feed. Often they’re cast out of the family home,” said foreign correspondent […]