Gender Issues

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

NEW YORK, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. full report

Analysis: Challenges of bringing more women into the Afghan justice sector

NEW YORK, 28 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Better gender representation in the justice sector in Afghanistan will empower more women to take action against the men who abuse them. This is the reasoning of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), which released a report last week documenting the gains - and considerable challenges that still lie ahead - in bringing more women into key legal positions in the country. full report

Women: Victims of conflict or agents of change?

DUBAI, 27 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Women are the biggest victims in natural disasters and conflicts, yet they are also the most resourceful, experts told an aid conference in Dubai. Thus, aid agencies should do more to develop women as agents for change and development. full report

Do we care enough about sexual violence?

JOHANNESBURG, 25 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - Two years ago global attention was focused on the spontaneous protests led by ordinary people in the Indian capital, New Delhi, after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a physiotherapy student. full report

Sexual violence: Do we really care?

JOHANNESBOURG, 25 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - In this multimedia package we explore the apathy of a “wounded society” in a rural South African town; in War on Women, a 15-minute film, we see how impunity shields perpetrators of sexual violence in the Congo; we explore what drives one in four men in Asia to commit rape; and we report on sexual predation against Afghanistan boys by older men, concealed behind the veil of “tradition”. full report

This year at DIHAD: Women and aid

DUBAI, 24 March 2014 (IRIN Global) - You would be hard pressed to find an aid worker that thought sexual violence was not an important issue. But ask them to define what it is, and you may leave them stumped. full report

Scant progress on Senegal’s talibé problem

DAKAR, 21 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Despite pledges by the Senegalese government to end child begging and to crack down on the Koranic schools that exploit the tens of thousands of boys, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on 19 March that very little has been done. full report

How equal rights boost food security

KILIMANJARO, 14 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. full report

Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger

OUAGADOUGOU, 11 March 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts. full report

Greater efforts needed to curb sexual violence in Mogadishu

NAIROBI/MOGADISHU, 25 February 2014 (IRIN Africa) - ia. A Mogadishu-based NGO working to protect women and children, Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), has recorded more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence in Mogadishu since it was set up in July 2012. full report

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