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Pro-Democracy Activists at U.S. Event Jailed in DR Congo

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Journalists, activists, hip hop artists and a United States diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event on Sunday in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government. Security forces charged them with threatening stability, according to a government spokesperson. The diplomat, Kevin Sturr, “Was among a […]

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Women Turn Drought into a Lesson on Sustainability

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Posted by admin 15 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
When a group of women in the remote village of Sadhuraks in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, some 800 km from the port city of Karachi, were asked if they would want to be born a woman in their next life, the answer from each was a resounding ‘no’. They have every reason to be unhappy with […]

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Opinion: Rape in Conflict: Speaking Out for What’s Right

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Posted by admin 14 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Serra Sippel is President of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

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Middle East Conflicts Give Hefty Boost to Arms Merchants

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have helped spiral arms sales upwards to the Middle East, according to a study released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The primary beneficiaries were the United States and Russia, whose overall arms exports show a marked increase through 2014, with China lagging […]

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Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry in Need of a Makeover

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Over the past three decades, 50 percent of the 544,150 square kilometres that comprise Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, has been taken over by the palm oil industry. “It will expand until it pushes us all into the ocean,” prophesies Mina Setra, deputy secretary-general of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the […]

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Four Ways Women Bring Lasting Peace to the Table

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
2015 marks anniversaries for two significant commitments made to increasing women’s participation at peace tables. Yet despite the Beijing Platform for Action and the Security Council Resolution 1325 both committing to increasing women’s participation in peace building 20 and 15 years ago, respectively, there has been very little progress to report. The latest available statistics […]

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Sendai Conference Stresses Importance of Women’s Leadership

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Women play a critical role in reducing disaster risk and planning and decision-making during and after disasters strike, according to senior United Nations, government and civil society representatives. In fact, efforts at reducing risks can never be fully effective or sustainable if the needs and voices of women are ignored, they agreed. Even at risk […]

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Women Often Forgotten In Cases Of Forced Disappearance

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Posted by admin 16 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Governments must do more to address the impacts of forced disappearances of women, according to an international justice report released Monday. Since 1980, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has documented over 54,000 cases of such disappearances from all over the world. The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), in releasing […]

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