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  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Q&A: ‘Responding As We Would To A Friend In Crisis’

    01 Feb 2011

    Cleo Fatoorechi interviews YIFAT SUSSKIND, MADRE Executive Director
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 1 (IPS) Working with grassroots organisations is the
    only viable way to genuinely help
    people, according Yifat Susskind, the newly appointed Executive Director
    of the
    New York-based women’s organisation MADRE.

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    MALAWI: Women's Voices to the Fore in New Development Policy

    01 Feb 2011

    By Claire Ngozo
    LILONGWE, Jan 31 (IPS) As Malawi works on its second development
    blueprint, the Malawi Development and Growth Strategy (MDGS II), the
    country’s women are hoping health and education will be prioritised
    and given proper attention in implementation.

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    Headscarf Returns to Trouble Turkey

    31 Jan 2011

    By Jacques N. Couvas
    ANKARA, Jan 31 (IPS) A ruling by an administrative court banning female
    candidates for academic
    posts from being veiled during an admission examination has brought the
    headscarf back to the front of Turkish politics, and reignited tensions
    between
    secularist and religious forces.

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    SOUTH AFRICA: New, Assertive Women's Voices in Local Elections

    28 Jan 2011

    By Erna Curry
    CAPE TOWN, Jan 28 (IPS) Noncedo Pulana lacks many things, but she is
    certainly not short of confidence as she prepares to stand for election as
    Khayelitsha ward councillor. She feels her long years as an activist in
    the sprawling township have prepared her to do a better job.

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    ARGENTINA-BRAZIL: Powerful Women Leaders Face Similar Challenges

    27 Jan 2011

    By Marcela Valente
    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 27 (IPS) The high popularity levels of their
    predecessors smoothed the way for Cristina Fernández and Dilma
    Rousseff to become presidents of Argentina and Brazil. But they also share
    the challenge of governing the two biggest countries in South
    America's Mercosur trade bloc, in the shadow of the leaders who went
    before them.

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    UN Women Head Unveils Empowerment Agenda

    26 Jan 2011

    By Kanya D'Almeida
    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 (IPS) Despite birthing 100 percent of the
    world's children, growing
    70 percent of the world's food and performing 60 percent of
    the world's labour, women only receive a fraction – a mere 10
    percent – of the world's income.

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    EGYPT: Mubarak Faces Historic Challenge

    26 Jan 2011

    By Emad Mekay
    CAIRO, Jan 26 (IPS) Egyptians have demonstrated in protests rare in size
    and ferocity against the
    three-decade rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

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    PHILIPPINES: ‘Wanted, Full-Time Mothers’

    25 Jan 2011

    By Kara Santos
    MANILA, Jan 25 (IPS) It’s definitely not your typical job
    advertisement. "Wanted: Mothers; must be
    mature, strong and stable, self-confident, humorous and know how to cook;
    must have a positive and cheerful attitude towards life; must be willing
    to work
    as a full-time mother for the long term."

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    MIDEAST: Hamas Guarding Women’s Health for the Wrong Reasons

    25 Jan 2011

    By Pam Bailey
    GAZA CITY, Jan 25 (IPS) When the Hamas government of Gaza imposed
    restrictions on shisha (water
    pipe) smoking several months ago, it wasn’t for health reasons
    – even though
    the habit is pervasive in the densely populated strip of land. Rather, the
    ban
    targeted only women – and it is being widely ignored despite the
    firm grip of the
    conservative Islamic government.

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