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Gender Masala

Notes on gender – a spicy mix by Mercedes Sayagues

Published: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:10:45 +0000


From Our Mailbox: Advancing MDG3

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:43:25 +0000

Advancing gender equality means a shift in thinking — from seeing boys and men as part of the problem, to including boys and men as part of the solution. (Credit: Sujoy Dhar/IPS) Dear Editors, Thanks for the story on working with males and females on gender equality. You may also be interested in work that ICRW has [...]

Dispatch from Kibera, East Africa’s Largest Slum

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:30:02 +0000

Photo Essay by Aline Cunico (IPS/Aline Cunico) Considered one of the biggest slums in the world, Kibera is Nairobi’s–and East Africa’s–largest urban settlement. Over one million people struggle daily to meet basic needs such as access to water, nutrition and sanitation. In this community lacking education and opportunities, women and girls are most affected by [...]

Measuring Machismo

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:11:38 +0000

By Eva Allen Sandwiched in the middle of Central America, with a population of just under six million and a heavily agricultural economy, Nicaragua remains the poorest country in Latin American and the Caribbean after Haiti with a Human Development Index (HDI) ranking of 115. Yet, in the 2010 World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap [...]

Afghanistan, The Worst Place To Be A Mother Or A Child

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:07:56 +0000

Human Wrongs Watch In spite of U.S-led military invasion since 2001 to bring “enduring freedom” and democracy, about 50 women die in childbirth each day in Afghanistan; one in three is physically or sexually abused, and the average life expectancy of women is 44 years. In addition, more than 85 percent of [...]

The Alarming Violence against Northeasterners and Women in India

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:11:21 +0000

By Karen Ma When I first arrived in Delhi two years ago, I noticed a rather disturbing tendency among most waiting drivers, street salesmen, or household guards. They would leer at my Asian women friends and me when we strolled past them on quiet residential streets. Male shopkeepers and auto-rickshaw drivers would smile insinuatingly or make [...]

Japan must stop nuclear power

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:21:32 +0000

By Ayako Oga I lived in Okuma-machi, a hamlet in Fukushima prefecture, which is just 6 kilometers from the now crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It was a beautiful and quiet area with a close knit community that was a mix of both young and old people. Naturally, all our lives have changed drastically after [...]

Nepal`s single women instigate much needed change

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 08:55:40 +0000

By Lily Thapa. Director and founder of Women for Human Rights, working to support single women who have lost their husbands. When my husband died I was 29 years old with two young children. I was educated and from a professional middle-class family in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. My husband was of similar background. But with his [...]

Meeting Nobuko Kan–wife of Japanese prime minister, Naoto Kan

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:20:45 +0000

By Suvendrini Kakuchi There was a buzz of excitement at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan that invited Nobuko Kan, wife of the Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, to speak to the press. After all, as First Lady of the country, her comments and opinions are important, not only for learning more about Japan`s leader now [...]

Pakistani women and maternal health-photographs by a western female journalist

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 15:09:54 +0000

By Zofeen Ebrahim Journalist based in Karachi. Pakistan I met Wendy Marijnissen, 36, a photojournalist from Belgium and was quite intrigued by her story. An aspiring woman looking to capture the truth as it is, she came to Pakistan in Nov. 2009, throwing all caution to the wind that included turning her back on the travel advisory [...]

Being called a war freak

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:53:12 +0000

By Fuyuko Nishisato Journalist and author Shocked by sufferings of A-bomb survivors I have been working in the field of TV journalism for nearly 30 years, mainly for Western television stations covering Japan. During my school education I had learned very little about World War ll and the human suffering caused from that war. When I covered for the [...]