• Friday, October 31, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES

    22 Sep 2010

    Franco Frattini

    By Franco Frattini (*)

     

    ROME, Sep (IPS)  Promoting women’s rights at the global level must aim to enhance women’s role as pro-active individuals and as the essential and most effective channel for development and peace. However, to achieve this requires protecting women’s fundamental rights, first and foremost the right not to be subjected to violence. More »

    WE CAN ERADICATE POVERTY – SO WHY DON’T WE?

    01 Sep 2010

    Sylvia Borren

    By Sylvia Borren (*)

     

    NEW YORK, Sep IPS) The dismal picture of the world is one of hunger, disease, and pollution. Climate change leading to floods, droughts and famines. Food-, financial-, economic- and energy crises. Increased communal conflict, violence against women. Child labour and other forms of modern slavery, and trafficking. A majority of the labour force in developing countries imprisoned in informal and unprotected work. Increased crime and corruption. Human rights atrocities and daily injustices of many other types. More »

    AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT: A CRITICAL MOMENT TO SUPPORT SUDAN

    26 Jan 2010

    Wangari Maathai

    By Wangari Maathai (*)

    NAIROBI, Jan (IPS) For years, we have been hearing African leaders calling for African solutions to African problems. And for many more years, we have been waiting to see our leaders rise to the occasion and demonstrate strong leadership to resolve the many conflicts that are plaguing our continent. More »

    THE PRIVATISATION OF LIVELIHOOD

    19 Oct 2009

    Vandana Shiva

    By Vandana Shiva (*)

    NEW DELHI, Oct (IPS) Globalisation and trade liberalisation policies have led to the privatisation of water and biodiversity and the concentration of land ownership in India, reversing six decades of land reform and introducing a new form of corporate zamindari -a feudal land tenure system- through instruments like “special economic zones”. More »

    PRIVATISATION IS THE ENEMY OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

    25 Aug 2009

    Vandana Shiva

    By Vandana Shiva (*)

    NEW DELHI, Aug (IPS) The privatisation of the earth’s resources is a recipe for famine and desertification, violence against women, hunger, and, as happens in India, the suicide of farmers.

    The state of natural resources is shaped and influenced by agricultural technologies and by how natural resources are owned. More »

    WOMEN’S HEALTH – A SMART INVESTMENT IN TROUBLED TIMES

    03 Jul 2009

    Thoraya Ahmed Obaid

    By Thoraya Ahmed Obaid (*)

    NEW YORK, Jul (IPS) The financial crisis that started in rich countries has deepened into a global crisis that threatens to reverse hard-won gains in education and health in developing countries, and women and children are among those hardest hit. That is why the theme of this year’s World Population Day, 11 July, will focus on increased investments for girls and women to boost economic recovery and long-term equitable growth. More »

    POOR COUNTRIES RAILROADED INTO WEAK COMPROMISE AT UN FINANCIAL SUMMIT

    01 Jul 2009

    Sylvia Borren

    By Sylvia Borren (*)

    NEW YORK, Jul (IPS) After weeks of negotiations, the conclusion of the United Nations High Level Conference on the Financial and Economic Crisis (24-26 June) was a huge disappointment. The summit
    was our opportunity to continue lobbying our demands after the Doha Conference on International Financing. More »

    LET THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT DO ITS WORK

    04 Jun 2009

    By Wangari Maathai, Wole Soyinka and Desmond Tutu (*)

    NAIROBI, Jun (IPS) Representatives of African States will meet in Addis Ababa (June 8-9) to “exchange views” on the International Criminal Court (ICC). Prompted by the war crimes indictment of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, the meeting will provide a platform for the Court’s dissenters in Africa, and aim to sew discord among ICC supporters. More »

    WORLD MUST KEEP UP PRESSURE ON AFGHAN LAW AGAINST WOMEN

    16 Apr 2009

    By Emma Bonino (*)

    ROME, Apr (IPS) When news broke about the new Shi’ite Personal
    Status Law in Afghanistan, many were appalled by the fact that it
    legalises rape within marriage. “Marital Rape Legal in
    Afghanistan”, screamed the headlines, and we all reacted with shock
    and horror. On closer inspection, however, the law is actually much
    worse than we had all thought. More »