Majority of the world’s poor are women, says Oxfam

08-03-2017, Oxfam: Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work and make women’s position unequal to men’s, from the household to the national and global levels.

Despite some important progress to change this in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Continue reading

Least Developed Countries falling further behind developed countries than ever

19 December 2016: Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday by UNCTAD. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016: The Path to Graduation and Beyond – Making the Most of the Process states that a global goal to halve the size of this group will be missed unless the international community takes more action. Continue reading

OUGANDA: Aider les femmes séropositives à éviter des grossesses non désirées

uganda-aidsAmy Fallon, 16 sept (IPS)Barbara Kemigisa avait l’habitude de s’appeler une “militante contre le VIH/SIDA”. Ces jours-ci, elle serait plutôt connue comme une “militante du planning familial contre le VIH/SIDA. Nous devons réduire les grossesses non désirées et le taux d’infection à VIH dans notre pays”, a déclaré Kemigisa à IPS lors de la première conférence nationale sur le planning familial de l’Ouganda le 28 juillet. “Il s’agit d’une double protection”. Continue reading

Why Africa’s future depends on its women entrepreneurs

Malti Danjuma, 21 April: What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean to you? DoWomen in Africa you fear robots or self-driving cars taking your job, or do you see the block chain, 3D printing or any other fast-developing technology as an opportunity to create a business, overtake the competition or build a fairer, more equal society? This is the question that will play out at the World Economic Forum on Africa next month in Kigali. Continue reading

Enriching Education in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, Mar 10 2016 (IPS) – About a year ago, seven year-old Afroza Khatun dropped out of school as her mother could not continue supervising her homework. The interruption in her grade II lessons was soon noticed by a teacher of an information education centre known as ENRICH, a state-funded programme which aims at supporting children who drop out to continue their education from the primary level (up to grade II). Continue reading

Thousands Face Hunger and Pray for Enough Rain in Malawi

Drought in MalawiCharity Chimungu Phiri,  Jan 18 2016 (IPS): – It is 9 am in the morning but the scorching sun makes it feel like mid-afternoon. This type of weather is what experts are calling El Nino; a heat wave that is affecting countries in southern and eastern Africa.
Since El Nino hit, Malawi has experienced no rain for at least three weeks, leaving people in despair and in fear of going hungry again this year. Malawi has only one rainy season which begins in November and ends in April. When El Nino hit, most people had planted their maize (the country’s staple food) while others had even applied fertiliser. Continue reading

Global Goals will not work unless Least Developed Countriese are made a top priority

post2015_cover24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading

L’education des filles progresse

School girls in Africa23-sept.:L’éducation des filles gagne du terrain dans le monde, mais certaines zones géographiques restent à la traîne, souligne un rapport de l’Unicef. Progrès pour les enfants fait le point sur la scolarisation primaire et secondaire des enfants dans le monde, au regard de deux objectifs de l’ONU : combler le fossé entre les sexes en matière de scolarisation en 2005 et garantir que, d’ici à 2015, tous les enfants aient une éducation primaire complète.

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RDC: Fermeture de cliniques dans l’est de la RDC suite aux combats

DRC clinqueCélestin Kasereka a marché 15 km avec des béquilles pour rejoindre l’hôpital d’Oicha et faire soigner sa jambe. « Il m’a fallu toute une journée pour faire ce douloureux trajet », a dit M. Kasereka, enseignant à l’école de Mayi-Moya, un village isolé du territoire de Beni, situé à l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), dans la province du Nord-Kivu. « C’est la première fois que je quitte mon village », a-t-il dit, visiblement épuisé par cette épreuve. « Je n’avais pas le choix, il n’y a plus de clinique près de chez nous ». Continue reading

Uganda: Court ruling on bride price strikes a blow for women’s rights

uganda women15 Aug 2015 (IPS) Wambi Michael: After years of a protracted battle against Uganda’s “bride price” practice, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that husbands can no longer demand that it be returned in the event of dissolution of a marriage but has stopped short of declaring the practice itself unconstitutional. In a country in which most marriages are customary, women’s rights activists have hailed the decision as a step in the right direction for greater equality in the marriage relationship but had hoped that the court would rule the bride price – or dowry – itself unconstitutional. Continue reading