Gender Issues

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

Sexual violence in conflict – what use is the law?

LONDON, 30 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - Through conflict after conflict, sexual violence persists, not just as individual crimes but as a weapon of war. In short, sexual violence persists because it is effective. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI, 22 January 2015 (IRIN Global) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

Afghanistan: Uphill struggle for female aid workers

KABUL, 15 December 2014 (IRIN Asia) - NGOs in Afghanistan are working hard to counter the male-dominated work place and give jobs to women. This is both to empower the women as well help widen organisation's outreach and give them access to more women in the community. full report

Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?

DAKAR, 2 December 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

MARONDERA, 21 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. full report

No justice, no peace for northern Mali

BAMAKO, 13 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Thousands of northerners who experienced human rights abuses during the occupation of Mali’s north are struggling to find redress amidst concerns that a climate of impunity is continuing and the government’s control in many areas of the north is at best shaky. People in the north were exposed to forced disappearances, torture, summary executions and sexual abuse, with most of the offences committed after March 2012 when Islamist extremists occupied large parts of territory. full report

Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality

MONROVIA/FREETOWN/KENEMA, 8 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies. full report

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