Gender Issues

Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap

DHAKA, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly-served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services are weak. full report

Proposed bill inflames Myanmar's religious rights debate

YANGON, 26 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Last month the Myanmar government published a religious conversion bill in the state-owned newspapers, requesting input from citizens. The publication follows a pro-bill campaign spearheaded by a group of Buddhist monks called the Organization for Protection of National Race and Religion in 2013. full report

Rethinking Nepal’s uterine prolapse treatment

SIRAHA, 20 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The Nepal government’s commitment to treat uterine prolapse, a debilitating life-long gynaecological condition, sparked an uptick in hysterectomies, but a new, less drastic low-cost intervention could spell hope for the thousands of Nepali women in need of treatment. full report

New Film: Sierra Leone's women behind bars

NAIROBI, 13 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Twelve years after Sierra Leone’s long civil war came to an end, its broken institutions and weak development indicators continue to impact on the lives of its people. full report

Unusual suspects – women and gangs in South Africa*

HANOVER PARK, CAPE TOWN, 11 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Gangsterism has a long tradition in South Africa’s Cape Flats. But the popular image of swaggering, macho young men is incomplete: women have always had a role, albeit overlooked, in that history. full report

Civilians begin to flee new offensive against Pakistan militants

BANNU, 6 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The ancient Pakistani town of Bannu, lying just outside the North Waziristan Agency– a stronghold for insurgents operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan – is a now a centre for displaced families escaping a looming government offensive in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). full report

Spare the rod - the biology of poverty and violence

NEW YORK, 30 May 2014 (IRIN Global) - Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities. full report

Zimbabwe's women farmers on the rise

HARARE, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The spike in women managing their own agricultural land following Zimbabwe’s 2000 land reform programme catapulted the country to high up in the African league of female farmers tilling their own farms, although accurate data for gendered land ownership on the continent remains a grey and contested area. full report

Afghanistan film: The Sins of the Fathers

DUBAI, 21 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - With NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, women activists are growing increasingly nervous about the prospect of the Taliban returning to power. IRIN’s latest film, The Sins of the Fathers, explores the work of the Afghan Women’s Skills Development Centre (AWSDC), a sanctuary for abused women and their children. full report

Sexual violence soars in South Sudan

JUBA, 13 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Sexual and gender-based violence might not be a new phenomenon in South Sudan, but the current crisis and the near absence of protection for civilians has exacerbated it, analysts say. full report

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