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    ZIMBABWE: Activists Seek WSF Solidarity Against Privatisation

    07 Feb 2011

    By Stanley Kwenda
    HARARE, Feb 7 (IPS) Zimbabwean activists will raise the issue of
    privatisation at the World Social
    Forum, taking place Feb 6-11 in Dakar, Senegal, and seek solidarity from
    other
    activists to resist a renewed government attempt at selling
    Zimbabwe’s state-
    owned enterprises.

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    PERU: Popular Women Vote-Catchers Stand in for Real Participation

    07 Feb 2011

    By Ángel Páez
    LIMA, Feb 7 (IPS) Women candidates nominated for the presidential and
    legislative elections in Peru in April tend to be big names in the worlds
    of sports, television or show business, or are following family tradition.
    But political parties are failing to promote meaningful participation by
    women in politics.

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    Rape, As Sweden Redefines It

    07 Feb 2011

    By Andreas Lönnqvist
    STOCKHOLM, Feb 7 (IPS) The number of reported rapes in this Nordic country
    has increased dramatically
    in recent years, especially after the Swedish Sexual Crimes Act was
    reformed in
    2005. This does not, however, necessarily mean that the actual number of
    rapes
    has increased, according to analysts.

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    WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: ‘Signs of Change’ Says Bolivia’s Morales as World Social Forum Opens

    07 Feb 2011

    By Thandi Winston and Souleymane Faye*
    DAKAR, Feb 6 (IPS) Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets
    of Dakar on Sunday to mark the start of the annual World Social Forum.
    Activists carried colorful banners denouncing land grabs, restrictive
    immigration laws, agricultural subsidies in Europe and the U.S. and many
    other issues.

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    Assange in Decisive Round Over Swedish Rape Law

    06 Feb 2011

    By Andreas Lönnqvist
    STOCKHOLM, Feb 6 (IPS) The attempt to extradite the Wikileaks founder
    Julian Assange for questioning
    over allegations of sexual crimes has caused a big debate about the
    Swedish
    justice system abroad. The case has also brought the comparatively broad
    definitions of what constitutes rape in this country into the limelight.

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    MEXICO: Agave Sweetens Economic Prospects of Indigenous Women

    05 Feb 2011

    By Emilio Godoy* – Tierramérica
    EL CARDONAL, Mexico, Feb 5 (IPS) With a wooden spoon in hand, Hortencia
    Rómulo briskly stirs the amber-coloured liquid cooking in an enormous
    steel pot.

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    SRI LANKA: Domestics Court Risks, Defying Age Bar

    05 Feb 2011

    By Feizal Samath
    COLOMBO, Feb 5 (IPS) Sri Lanka has raised the age requirement for women
    wanting to leave the
    country to work as domestics abroad, but recruitment agents say this
    won’t
    prevent younger women from joining the exodus.

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    Q&A: Meeting a World of Seven Billion with Optimism

    03 Feb 2011

    Kanya D'Almeida interviews DR. BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN, executive
    director of UNFPA
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 3 (IPS) Before the end of 2011 there will be more
    humans on earth than
    in all of the planet's 4.5-billion-year history. As the world
    steels itself to support its seven billion-strong population,
    Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the new executive director of the
    United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), greets the impending
    challenges with gusto.

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    NICARAGUA: Gender Revolution in Schools Not Reflected at Work

    03 Feb 2011

    By José Adán Silva
    MANAGUA, Feb 3 (IPS) Karla Mendoza, a 26-year-old Nicaraguan, has worked
    hard to have a professional career. But despite two technical degrees,
    courses in computer science and public relations, a nearly complete
    university degree, and eight years of work experience, she is not there
    yet.

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