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E.Africa experts hope better water data will promote sharing

by Maina Waruru   NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A row broke out among small farmers in central Kenya’s upper Tana water catchment area around four years ago, with accusations and counter-accusations flying, tempers rising and fighting not far off. Water experts say better management is needed and hope such disputes will dwindle once an … Continue reading

Millions of girls in Africa to gain access to family planning – UNFPA

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday.   Over the next three years, the agency will work with the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, … Continue reading

Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

Would More Female Leadership Lead to Less Global Conflict?

Would a World In Which Women Dominated Key Leadership Positions Contain Less Violent Conflict? by Mia Lombardi The impact of gender on international security has come under much scrutiny in recent years, with divergences between the influence of socially-constructed gender or biologically-led ‘sex’ taking a key focus. This essay will examine whether one can evaluate … Continue reading

What women farmers want to know

by Caity Peterson, Lucy can hardly contain her excitement. A farmer from Dazuuri village, in Ghana’s Upper West Region, she is positive on just about everything. But this topic is one of her favourites: composting. It is a new technique she learned from training with local agricultural extension officers, and it has revolutionised the way … Continue reading

Afghan lawmakers take aim at women’s rights – HRW

by Megan Rowling LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament seems intent on further weakening inadequate legal protections for women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to reject a proposed criminal law revision that would make prosecutions of domestic violence impossible. A new draft of the criminal procedure code, … Continue reading

A South African town comes to terms with sexual violence

By Kristy Siegfried BREDASDORP, 15 July 2013 (IRIN) – Seventeen-year-old Anene Booysen was gang raped and brutalized on a patch of scrubby grass between two newly built RDP [government subsidized] houses, in a bleak, low-income suburb about 3km from central Bredasdorp, a small town in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. At the time of her … Continue reading

Malala’s prescription for change: One child, one teacher, one pen and one book

by Anne Hamilton Malala Yousafzai on Friday delivered her first speech since being shot by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last October. Addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a Youth Assembly of 1,000 students at U.N. headquarters, she confirmed to the world that being shot in the head at point-blank range … Continue reading

Tunisia’s new constitution near completion -assembly speaker

by Maria Caspani THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The process of drafting Tunisia’s new constitution is nearing its end and the North African country hopes to have it in place by the autumn, a Tunisian politician said. Mehrezia Labidi-Maiza, deputy speaker of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly, said agreement had been reached on most parts … Continue reading

Exaggerated hopes for Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference?

SANA’A, 10 July 2013 (IRIN) – Four months into their six-month mandate, the 565 Yemenis taking part in the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) know they have their work cut out to agree the blueprint for a new Yemen. While the drawing up of a new constitution ahead of presidential elections scheduled for early next year … Continue reading