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Seguir em frente com esperanças renovadas

Posted on 12 February 2011 by admin

Por Correspondentes da IPS

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Marcha nas ruas de Dacar. Crédito: Abdullah Vawda/IPS

Dacar, Senegal, 11/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – Começou com uma marcha pelas ruas de Dacar, cresceu com o chamado de uma nova era global e está terminando com o desafio para os ativistas de levar esse clamor além dos corredores do Fórum Social Mundial (FSM). Continue Reading

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Marching On With Renewed Hope

Posted on 11 February 2011 by admin

By IPS Correspondents

DAKAR, Feb 11 (TerraViva) – It started with a march through the streets of Dakar, grew with calls for a new global era and is ending with a challenge to activists to take the call for global change beyond the World Social Forum into the world. Continue Reading

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Petrolíferas devem sair da Nigéria, dizem ativistas

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

Por Ebrima Sillah

DACAR, Senegal, 9/2/2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – Grupos nigerianos de direitos ambientais estão fazendo campanha, no Fórum Social Mundial (FSM) que acontece em Dacar, para expulsar as companhias de petróleo da região do Delta do Rio Níger, no sudeste do país. Continue Reading

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Oil Companies Out of Nigeria, Activists Say

Posted on 09 February 2011 by admin

DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – Nigerian environmental rights groups have been making the case for the expulsion of oil companies from the Niger Delta in the southeastern part of the country.

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Gas flare at Rumuekpe, Rivers State. Credit: Israel Aloja / Environmental Rights Action Friends Of The Earth Nigeria

Speaking at a meeting organised by a group of Nigerian women’s environmental rights activists, Goodison Jim Dorgu, the Executive Director of the NGO Environmental Health and Safety Network, based in the oil-producing state of Bayelsa, said Nigerian civil society has come to the united conclusion that oil companies responsible for severe environmental degradation should leave without delay.

Other speakers outlined how the oil industry has provoked violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta, with women bearing the burnt of the assaults. Emem Okon, the head of the Women’s Development and Resource Centre in the city of Port Harcourt, alleged that the oil companies’ own security personnel have been involved in attacks on women. She also said the Nigerian army had committed grave violations of human rights.

“In Ogoniland, the government set up the Rivers State Internal Security Task Force, and what these soldiers did was to use women as a weapon of war. A lot of women were raped, a lot of young girls were taken into sexual slavery.”

The head of Friends of the Earth International, Nnimmo Bassey, said environmental justice for the Niger Delta will be a long struggle. “The regime of responsibility has been so well entrenched and there’s the military backing for what the oil companies are doing, the govenment is behind them,” he says.

“There are a lot of restrictions. A lot more work is still going to be done, but one day, when nobody expects it… the people will prevail.”

(END/2011)

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AFRICA: Church Leaders An Obstacle To Preventing Maternal Deaths

Posted on 12 November 2010 by admin

The growth of evangelical religion is reflected in ubiquitious religious imagery and texts. Credit: Christi van der Westhuizen/IPS.

By Christi van der Westhuizen

ACCRA, Nov 12, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – The resurgence in religious fundamentalism and the inordinate influence of certain church leaders over public health policy present major obstacles to the prevention of needless deaths and injuries of women from unsafe abortion on the African continent.
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