Gender Issues

Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population

DAKAR, 23 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities. full report

Mourning versus survival in Swaziland

MBABANE, 21 April 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A traditional two-year mourning period for widows during which women are expected to be confined and not work, is meeting growing resistance in Swaziland. full report

Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?

NEW YORK, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - The slogan “make poverty history” has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. full report

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

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