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Jun 11, 2019 3:35 PM ET

West Africa’s Fine Line Between Cultural Norms and Child Trafficking

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 11, 2019 - By Issa Sikiti da Silva   This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. Poverty plays a huge role in the trafficking of women and girls in West Africa. Credit: CC by 2.0/Linda De Volder COTONOU, Benin, May 3 2019 (IPS) - On a bus in Cotonou, Benin’s commercial capital, four Nigerian girls aged between. [more...]

Jun 11, 2019 3:33 PM ET

As Fathers Die, Kashmir’s Children Become Breadwinners

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 11, 2019 - By Umar Manzoor Shah   This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. A 2009 study found that almost 250,000 children worked in auto repair stores, brick klins, as domestic labourers, and as carpet weavers and sozni embroiderers in Jammu and Kashmir. Credit: Umer Asif/IPS   SRINAGAR, India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, May 9 2019 (IPS) -. [more...]

Jun 11, 2019 3:25 PM ET

Benin’s Agriculture Has a Good Season, But it Wasn’t Easy

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 11, 2019 - By Issa Sikiti da Silva     Felicienne Soton is part of a women's group that produces gari (cassawa flour). She and her group in Adjegounle village have greatly benefited from Benin's national CDD project. (Photo: Arne Hoel). COTONOU, Benin, Apr 30 2019 (IPS) - Théophile Houssou, a maize farmer from Cotonou, has spent sleepless nights lying awake worrying about the various disasters that could befall any farmer, often wondering, “What. [more...]

May 16, 2019 9:33 AM ET

Safe Menstrual Practices Important for Progress

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage      In Bangladesh a large number of girls said they felt uncomfortable to go to school or travel during their period due to abdominal pain and the fear of leakage from rags. Credit: Shafiqul Alam Kiron/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) - As menstruation continues to be shamed in many communities, one organisation is rising up to the challenge to ensure “safe menstruation for all. [more...]

May 16, 2019 9:28 AM ET

Bridging the Gaps for the Disabled

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage     Approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, or an estimated 1 billion people, live with disabilities. But neglect, discrimination, and abuse are still all too common among disabled youth, leaving them deprived of rights including those to education, health, and employment. Credit : Melody Kemp/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 2019 (IPS) - People with disabilities are being left behind, and steps must be taken to. [more...]

May 16, 2019 9:24 AM ET

Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage     One in three people in the UK changed their attitude towards disability thanks to the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Employment for persons with disabilities in the United Kingdom grew by nearly one million since June 2013. Pictured here is an athletics event from the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Credit: Nick Miller/CC By 2.0 UNITED NATIONS, May 14 2019 (IPS) - The power of sport can. [more...]

May 16, 2019 9:22 AM ET

Empowering Girls Through Sport

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage     In 2014, Hanna Hemrom sought the help of her teacher who persuaded some parents to let their daughters play football. They formed the Rangatungi United Women Football Academy, which teaches football to girls, helping them feel empowered. Courtesy: Young Bangla UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) - For too long, women and girls have been excluded from the playing field—literally. But now, many are paving. [more...]

May 10, 2019 9:25 AM ET

4 Revolutionary Tips to Stop Aquaculture and Fisheries Ignoring, Resisting or Eroding Gender Equality

iCrowdNewswire - May 10, 2019 - By Meryl Williams   Meryl Williams, Chair, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society CANBERRA, Australia, May 2 2019 (IPS) - In my years in fisheries research in Australia, few researchers were women, all fishers were assumed to be men, “girly” calendars were occasionally pinned on the office, lab or tea room wall at work and the workplace rules of engagement for women were still being. [more...]

Apr 30, 2019 7:12 AM ET

Improving the Lives of Millions of Mothers and Children

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 30, 2019 - By Friday Phiri     A group of farmers attend a field day on diversification for improved productivity and nutrition. Experts have recognised the agricultural sector’s special role in mitigating child and maternal under-nutrition in vulnerable groups through the increased availability of diversified diets. Credit: Friday Phiri/IPS PEMBA, Zambia, Apr 26 2019 (IPS) - It is slightly after 3pm on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Chipata district, eastern Zambia, and. [more...]

Apr 26, 2019 5:21 AM ET

Women and Girls “Preyed on as the Spoils of War”

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 26, 2019 - By Sam Olukoya   This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. A young girl whose family fled the Boko Haram insurgency stands in front of a tent in a camp for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Boko Haram has abducted thousands of girls and forced them into unwanted marriages and enslavement. Credit: Sam Olukoya/IPS MAIDUGURI,. [more...]

The Geneva Centre organized a panel debate-book presentation on Migration and Human Solidarity, benefitting from the presence of panellists with first-hand experience in the Mediterranean Sea
Apr 26, 2019 5:11 AM ET

The Geneva Centre organized a panel debate-book presentation on Migration and Human Solidarity, benefitting from the presence of panellists with first-hand experience in the Mediterranean Sea

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 26, 2019 - 25 April 2019: The current massive displacement of people worldwide has turned into a politicized crisis of solidarity, with closed border policies and the rise of xenophobic, populist trends. The blocking and harassment of search and rescue ships and of NGOs that legally attempt to pursue their activities compromises all efforts to save the lives of persons in distress in the Mediterranean Sea. States should respect the international legal framework in. [more...]

Apr 23, 2019 9:51 AM ET

Egypt’s Food Challenge: a Good Effort but Not Enough

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 23, 2019 - By Maged Srour     A bakery shop in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian flatbread, known as Aish baladi or country bread is on the table of all Egyptians, even the poorest, thanks to a smartcard system that assigns certain quantities to each family to avoid unnecessary waste. CAIRO, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) - “Unfortunately the overall nutritional panorama of Egypt does not look well,” says Dr. Sara Diana Garduno Diaz, an. [more...]

Apr 21, 2019 6:55 AM ET

Migrant Farm Workers, the Main Victims of Slave Labour in Mexico

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 21, 2019 - By Emilio Godoy    This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. Teenage girls harvest tomatoes on a farm in the state of Sinaloa, in northern Mexico. It is in this part of the country that migrant workers, mainly from the southern states, work in exploitative conditions facing serious violations of their rights. Credit: Courtesy. [more...]

Apr 20, 2019 6:52 AM ET

Safeguarding The Health of People and Planet Through Food

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 20, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage     Mothers and their children gather at a community nutrition centre in the little village of Rantolava, Madagascar, to learn more about a healthy diet. Credit: Alain Rakotondravony/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Apr 6 2019 (IPS) - Food sustainability, both in production and consumption, is at the heart of a healthy public and planet. On World Health Day, it is increasingly clear that a radical transformation of the. [more...]

Apr 20, 2019 6:27 AM ET

How Accurate Information About the Weather is Yielding Resilience for Zambia’s Smallholders

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 20, 2019 - By Friday Phiri      Fainess Muzyamba of Pemba district, Zambia, ending up ditching her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes in the last farming season. It proved a successful strategy for her. She is pictured here with the clay flower pots that she also makes and sells at Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone, for additional income. Courtesy: Friday Phiri PEMBA, Zambia, Aug 30 2018 (IPS) - Just having better information. [more...]

Apr 18, 2019 5:52 AM ET

U.S. Needs to Shift to More Sustainable Agriculture—As Do All Countries

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 18, 2019 - By James Jeffrey     A pair of combines harvesting soybeans in the US. Courtesy: World Resources Institute. WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr 17 2019 (IPS) - Water supply has long been a key issue in California. Today it is no less critical, especially given the years of drought that California is experiencing, lending additional impetus to assessing the impact of agriculture on water. The conventional estimate is that 80 percent of the. [more...]

Apr 18, 2019 5:50 AM ET

Q&A: Building Resilience through Waste Diversion and Reduction

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 18, 2019 - By Alison Kentish     Jua Kali founder Laurah John. Jua Kali is a social enterprise tackling waste management and helping to reduce reliance on St. Lucia’s only landfill. Courtesy: Laurah John CASTRIES, Apr 12 2019 (IPS) - Jua Kali is a social enterprise tackling waste management and helping to reduce reliance on St. Lucia’s only landfill, which will reach the end of its lifespan in 2023. The company, with its. [more...]

Apr 14, 2019 5:40 AM ET

Missing Data & Inefficient Drug Distribution Tops List of Micronesia’s Leprosy Challenges

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 14, 2019 - By Stella Paul     Dexter, a 25-year-old fisherman from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia, received treatment for Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, for over a year. He has been cured of the disease. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS POHNPEI, Apr 8 2019 (IPS) - It’s a good day for Dexter, a 25-year-old fisherman from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. He’s just been told that he is. [more...]

Apr 13, 2019 5:51 AM ET

“Don’t Tell My Husband I Have Leprosy”: Social Stigma Silences Marshall Islands’ Women

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 13, 2019 - By Stella Paul     Meretha Pierson, a nurse in the leprosy clinic of Majuro, Marshall Islands, shows the medication to cure leprosy that are provided for free. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS MAJURO, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) - Meretha Pierson has been a nurse for the past seven years, working in the government-run leprosy clinic in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Her patients come in all ages, from different. [more...]

Apr 12, 2019 5:49 AM ET

Q&A: 607 Island Atolls Means it Hard to Distribute Leprosy Healthcare to All Micronesians

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 12, 2019 - By Stella Paul   IPS Correspondent Stella Paul interviews MARCUS SAMO Assistant Secretary in Micronesia's Department of Health Services Marcus Samo, Assistant Secretary in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Department of Health Services, is concerned that the country has been unable to reduce the prevalence of Hansen’s disease. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS POHNPEI , Apr 8 2019 (IPS) - During his 22-year career in the health sector, Marcus Samo has. [more...]

Apr 10, 2019 6:25 AM ET

Finding a Way to Food Sustainability

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 10, 2019 - By James Jeffrey   Food waste and loss is of increasing concern due to the wide implications ranging from health care to the environment. Finding a solution requires everyone to look at how they eat. Central Texas Food Bank distributing food. Photo courtesy Central Texas Food Bank. AUSTIN, United States, Apr 9 2019 (IPS) - There’s much to think about regarding food this month. April is Reducing Food Waste Month. [more...]

Apr 9, 2019 6:32 AM ET

As Marshall Islands Integrates Healthcare Services, Experts Offer a Word of Caution

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 9, 2019 - By Stella Paul     Jack Niedenthal, the secretary of Health and Human Development in the Republic of Marshall Islands stands in front of the poster that records the dark past of the Pacific island nation and the need for good healthcare. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS MAJURO, Apr 5 2019 (IPS) - In Jack Niedenthal’s office in Majuro, there is an ominous reminder of the dark history of the Marshall Islands—once. [more...]

Apr 9, 2019 6:22 AM ET

Greater Skills Equals Greater Ability to Combat Leprosy

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 9, 2019 - By Stella Paul      Dr Ken Jetton (left) and Dr Arturo Cunanan (centre) with a patient who has been cured of leprosy in the Majuro leprosy clinic in the capital of the Marshall Islands. The patient is now seeking further help due to post-treatment complexities. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS MAJURO, Apr 4 2019 (IPS) - It’s a Friday morning and Dr. Ken Jetton, the only doctor who treats leprosy in. [more...]

Apr 6, 2019 5:18 AM ET

Canada Implements New Food Guidelines, But What About the Food Waste?

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 6, 2019 - By Stephen Leahy      Even with a metre of snow outside in Ottawa, Canada, a wide variety of imported apples and other fruits are available in Canadian food markets. Credit: Stephen Leahy/IPS ONTARIO, Canada, Feb 8 2019 (IPS) - Canada introduced a new healthy eating food guide January 2019 and, for the first time, the meat, dairy and processed food and beverage industries were not involved. Based on the. [more...]

Apr 5, 2019 5:31 AM ET

Experts Urge Lawmakers to Focus on Food-Migration Nexus

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 5, 2019 - By Daan Bauwens     Pulses are good for nutrition and income, particularly for women farmers who look after household food security, like those shown here at a village outside Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS BRUSSELS, Jun 8 2018 (IPS) - Lawmakers at the highest levels urgently need a “revolution in thinking” to tackle the twin problem of sustainable food production and migration. Starting with an inaugural event in Brussels,. [more...]

Apr 5, 2019 5:27 AM ET

Local Communities in Mexico Show Ways to Fight Obesity

iCrowdNewswire - Apr 5, 2019 - By Emilio Godoy      A farmer harvests amaranth in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. This grain, of which two of the varieties originated in Mexico, is part of the country's traditional diet and can help boost nutrition among Mexicans, who have been affected by skyrocketing consumption of junk food. Credit: Courtesy of Bridge to Community Health MEXICO CITY, Oct 2 2018 (IPS) - Manuel Villegas is one of. [more...]

Mar 31, 2019 7:10 AM ET

Fighting the World’s Largest Criminal Industry: Modern Slavery

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 31, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage   This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. An estimated 40 million people were living in modern slavery around the world in 2016, and women and girls are disproportionately affected. Credit: Adil Siddiqi/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 2019 (IPS) - Modern slavery and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing. [more...]

Mar 30, 2019 5:33 AM ET

Safe Menstrual Practices Important for Progress

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 30, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage     In Bangladesh a large number of girls said they felt uncomfortable to go to school or travel during their period due to abdominal pain and the fear of leakage from rags. Credit: Shafiqul Alam Kiron/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) - As menstruation continues to be shamed in many communities, one organisation is rising up to the challenge to ensure “safe menstruation for all. [more...]

Mar 27, 2019 6:50 AM ET

Q&A: 17 Percent of the Problem, but 30 Percent of the Solution

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2019 - By Tharanga Yakupitiyage   IPS Correspondent Tharanga Yakupitiyage interviews United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Coordinator of Freshwater, Land, and Climate Branch TIM CHRISTOPHERSEN If forest loss continues at the current rate, it will be impossible to keep warming below two degrees Celsius as pledged in the Paris Agreement. Credit: José Garth Medina/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 2019 (IPS) - From expansive evergreen forests to lush tropical forests, the Earth’s forests. [more...]

Mar 27, 2019 5:59 AM ET

Q&A: Guyana’s Roadmap to Become a Green State

iCrowdNewswire - Mar 27, 2019 - By Desmond Brown     With approximately 90 percent of Guyana’s population living below sea level, the country says it needs to adapt and build resilience. But Janelle Christian, head of the Office of Climate Change in Guyana says unlocking needed financial support is a major challenge. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS GEORGETOWN, Mar 26 2019 (IPS) - In 2008, the then president of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, established within the Ministry of. [more...]