UNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 – Tucked away from the high-level plenary sessions of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a small chapel opposite the United Nations headquarters came to life Wednesday morning with the voices and stories of the real women behind U.N. Women.
No Quiet Old Age for South Africa’s Grannies
Elles van Gelder* – IPS/SNS
CAPE TOWN, Mar 2 – Grannies are indispensable in South Africa. They may have been hoping for a restful old age, but the AIDS epidemic has seen them taking on motherhood for a second time, caring for grandchildren whose parents have died of the disease.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Tri-Partite Agreement Presages Wider Zambezi Agreement
LIVINGSTONE, Mar 2 – Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are poised to sign a memorandum of understanding to improve power generation along the length of the Zambezi River.
PAKISTAN: New Fears Over Malnutrition
KARACHI, Mar 2 – « She was just skin and bones, even crying seemed a huge effort, » Hajiani says of one-year-old Samreen Tauqir, when she saw her for the first time two months ago.
MEXICO: Eco-Friendly Livelihoods for Women in the Sierra Madre
JALPAN, Mexico, Mar 1 – They live in a town with an apt name, Soledad (Solitude) de Guadalupe, of just 50 houses, most of which are inhabited by women on their own, in the Sierra Madre mountains in the small state of Querétaro in central Mexico.
Q&A: ‘Doing Good and Doing Good Business Are Not Incompatible’
Rousbeh Legatis interviews SARA LULO, Executive Director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 1 – It is short sighted to dismiss the benefits or potential of engaging the private sector in human rights matters, says Sara Lulo, director of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School.
Q&A: Ordinary Women Have Extraordinary Stories to Tell
Rousbeh Legatis interviews LOGA VIRAHSAWMY of Gender Links
UNITED NATIONS, Mar1 – Ordinary women’s voices are too often ignored when it comes to solving their own problems, admonishes Loga Virahsawmy, Director of the Southern African NGO Gender Links, Mauritius and Francophone Office.
KENYA: Civil Society Defends Access to Generic Drugs
NAIROBI, Feb 28 – Access to affordable medicine for millions of people in the South could be at risk if the production and distribution of generic medicine from India is restricted.
OP-ED: Zambian TV Ads Threaten Women’s Gains
Valentine Chanda* – IPS/SNS
LUSAKA, Feb 28 – Five years since Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected president in Liberia, it appears there is a systematic campaign to remind African women that their place is still in the kitchen. And advertisers of detergent powders and other cleaning products appear to be the main culprits.
Educate the Girl, Empower the Woman
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 – Picture a mother, hunching over a field with a Medieval-style hoe in hand, spending day after day tilling the soil under a beating hot sun – only to retire home to care for her family without electricity or running water.
U.N. Task Force Pushes for Investment in Teen Girls
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 – Risk of sexual violence, limited access to education, and health issues such as HIV/AIDS and forced female genital mutilation/cutting are just a few of the obstacles adolescent girls face in developing countries, yet these girls are the key to the future and the eradication of poverty, stress experts at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
Q&A: « Education Must Reach the Marginalised »
Myurvet S. Mehmed interviews IRINA BOKOVA, Director-General of UNESCO
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 – Although more girls are enrolling in school – notably in countries with the greatest gender gaps like Chad, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen – two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are still women.