Gender Issues

Photo feature: Forty Years a Slave: Women start new lives in Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, 4 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Haratine women in Mauritania, who have long been enslaved by other lighter-skinned ethnic groups, continue to face many hardships even after being set free. Some of these former female slaves are now speaking out about their past ordeals and new lives. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Obsessions, omissions and repetitions

DUBAI, 29 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - This week our Top Picks include a lament about the gap between tweets and action, a critique of unethical reporting of rape in Iraq, an analysis of opaque funding channels, an overview of NGO challenges in Syria and a detailed look at progress made since the 2006 signing of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement. full report

Insecurity fuels food shortages in northern Cameroon

MAROUA, 19 May 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 200,000 people in northern Cameroon don't have enough to eat due to ongoing attacks by Boko Haram. full report

Help at last for Sri Lanka war widows

VAVUNIYA, 13 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Sri Lanka's new government is finally addressing the plight of women made widows by the country's long and bitter civil war. The fighting may be over, but a staggering number of families in the north of the country, where the fighting was fiercest, are now headed by single women who are struggling to make ends meet. full report

No husband, no home: Migrant wives struggle in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 May 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every year thousands of Nepalese men travel abroad in search of work, leaving their families behind. So when a powerful earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April, many women suddenly found themselves without a home to live in or a husband to help. In a country where gender discrimination is common, these migrants' wives are now especially vulnerable. full report

Nigerian police neglect widows of cops slain by Boko Haram - study

NAIROBI, 12 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Nigerian Police Force is not only failing to pay all the financial benefits owed to the families of their men killed in action against Boko Haram militants, but in some cases sexual favours and kickbacks have been demanded of the widows in return for the dues they did receive, according to new research in the northern city of Kano’s police command. full report

A map of female genital mutilation rates globally

LONDON, 6 February 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Female Genital Mutilation is a surgical procedure performed on the genitals of girls and women in many parts of the world. To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, IRIN has mapped out rates of FGM across Africa and the Middle East. full report

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