• Women’s Issues

    Argentina Has a Problem: Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls

    by  • January 24, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues • 
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    Susana Trimarco

    BUENOS AIRES — Like many countries, Argentina is considered a source, transit and destination nation for the trafficking of men, women and girls, according to the United States State Department. Female victims and children are brought to the country from across South America — Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru — as well as from...

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    All in Africa: The World’s 13 Highest-Mortality Countries

    by  • January 6, 2016 • Africa, Development, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    M'Poko camp in Central African Republic

    Despite remarkable reductions in mortality, 13 sub-Saharan African countries — 1 out of every 20 people in the world — have yet to achieve life expectancies at birth of 55 years, the global average attained a half century ago. These highest-mortality countries, with Somalia leading the list, are more than 15 years behind the...

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    The UN’s Support of Midwifery and the Serious Gaps That Remain

    by  • December 21, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, Women's Issues • 
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    The world faces a shortage of midwives, who could crucially cut the maternal death rate. Here, Cambodians training to be midwives, in an Australian financed program at the Technical School for Medical Care in Phnom Penh. CHRISTOFFE GARGIULO

    Midwifery is one of the world’s most ancient vocations, its practitioners playing a prominent role dating back to the Bible. In much of the world, midwives continue to play an important role in maintaining the health of women and newborns. It should come as no surprise, then, that investments in this occupation, according to...

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    A New Commission to Focus on Women’s Rights Gaps in the Global Goals

    by  • January 11, 2016 • Health and Population, LGBT, Women's Issues • 
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    tktktkt Our community health workers in Afghanistan travel around on foot, to take family planning information directly to people's doorsteps.

    A respected medical journal and a leading American population research and policy organization have teamed up to create a commission to fill gaps and turn vague promises in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into real gains for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. The initiative, sponsored by the London-based journal The Lancet...

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    As Syrian Peace Talks Take Shape, How Will Women Take Part?

    by  • December 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council, Syria, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Syrian women refugees at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 4, 2015. MSTYSLAV CHERNOV/CREATIVE COMMONS

    When the United Nations Security Council recently approved timelines to begin peace talks and institute a national cease-fire in Syria, the language in the resolution gave no hint of the magnitude of such undertakings, nor did the congratulatory speeches afterward by diplomats delve into the details. That means the nitty-gritty work is left to...

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    For Female Syrian Refugees Settling Into New Jersey, a Quiet Struggle

    by  • December 16, 2015 • Middle East, Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    Syrian refugees

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — For some Syrian refugees, “home” is no longer the plains of war-torn Syria but the densely populated cities of northern New Jersey. Since January this year, 86 refugees have arrived in the state, according to recent data from the Refugee Processing Center, and they have been resettled primarily in Paterson,...

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    The Butterflies of Buenaventura, Saving Women’s Lives

    by  • November 27, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Latin America, Women's Issues • 
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    A Butterfly in the group's office in Buenaventura. JOHANNA HIGGS

    BUENAVENTURA, Colombia — Described as Colombia’s horror capital, this costal city is a denizen of drug trafficking, gang violence and turf wars primarily between right-wing paramilitary networks and leftist rebels. Soldiers patrol the streets as part of the government’s attempt to crack down on the dangers, while abductions and sexual violence remain rampant as...

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    In South Africa, the Importance of Telling Our Own Stories

    by  • December 2, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 
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    The actresses in the play

    CAPE TOWN — As the curtains go up and bright lights dramatically illuminate the room, the only thing the audience can see is a bare stage with three chairs. A stark setting indeed, and yet it’s the perfect backdrop for a performance that combines music, dance, laughter and heart-rending stories of feminine courage and...

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    Finding True Power for Women and Girls: The UN Goals’ Toughest Task

    by  • October 27, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Education, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    Girls and women may have a large focus in the UN's new development goals, but they also have a long way to go toward equality. Here, a girl in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY

    Challenged by the staggering agenda of the┬áSustainable Development Goals, which aim to abolish most of the world’s ills within 15 years, research organizations, advocacy groups and objective demographers had begun to do the math well before the goals were adopted globally in September 2015. Success or failure rests on complex equations with interlinked or...

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    A New UN Nutrition Program Financed by Africans for Africans

    by  • November 10, 2015 • Africa, Development, Education, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    African foreign ministers attending the Unitlife launch at the UN

    The first United Nations development aid program financed solely by African countries for their own benefit was announced recently at the UN headquarters in New York. Unitlife, which was presented as world leaders convened at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, will tax the sale of oil, gold and other natural resources...

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