Gender Issues

Ebola’s victims of the future: pregnant women

FREETOWN/DAKAR, 12 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Maternal mortality could increase by 74 percent in Sierra Leone, due to the deaths of health care workers during the ongoing Ebola outbreak. full report

Women and aid: beyond box-ticking

DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping - until now. full report

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

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