• Asia

    Six Asian Nations Lead in Seriously Skewed Sex Ratios at Birth

    by  • September 28, 2016 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 

    Celebrating Children's Day at Chaoyang Project Hope School in Beijing. ALAN YE/CREATIVE COMMONS

    An unprecedented imbalance in sex ratios of more boys than girls being born is seriously underway in six Asian countries. As the imbalances spread across reproductive and marriageable age groups, the well-being of those Asian nations, which together represent nearly two-fifths of the world’s population, is threatened. The unusually high sex ratios at birth...

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    Targeted Attacks and Curbs on Media Rising in South Asia

    by  • September 15, 2016 • Asia • 

    Hasina. CREATIVE COMMONS

    The countries of South Asia, stretching from Afghanistan to the Burmese border, have enjoyed a large measure of press freedom, with relatively few long interruptions, since the days of British colonialism. Recently, however, reports of episodes of violence and intimidation of journalists have been emerging across the region, where India is the dominant power....

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    In Hanoi, Families Finance Vietnam’s Entrepreneurial Women

    by  • August 1, 2016 • Asia, Development, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Do Thi Khuy, center, the domestic worker; Phan Thanh Ho, right; and Thuy Pram, a Vietnamese writer.

    HANOI — Michaela Walsh, a founder and the first president and chief executive of Women’s World Banking, and Lilia Clemente, the founder of Clemente Capital, an early investor in developing nations, went to Vietnam in early June to meet women and observe how they fared with their street carts, market stalls and shops under...

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    Devastated by Earthquake, Nepali Women Find Kinship in Knitting Circles

    by  • June 27, 2016 • Asia, Refugees, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    ARIEL SOPHIA BARDI

    LAPRAK, Nepal — Clouds roll in like smoke, blanketing the hillside. Gupsi Pakha, the largest camp in Gorkha district for displaced survivors of Nepal’s earthquake, is preparing for the coming monsoon season. In the frigid afternoon here, a toddler ambles after a fat white hen, and a few villagers queue for water by the...

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    Advocates for Besieged Children Say Collaboration Is Essential

    by  • May 1, 2016 • Africa, Asia, Child Soldiers, Middle East • 

    Former child soldiers, including 147 boys and 5 girls, were reunited with their families in eastern Congo.

    Grim images from the small world of children are multiplying. Little bodies adrift in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Uncomprehending faces pressed against wire fences and barricades in Europe from the Balkans to the French port of Calais. At least 17 Syrian children and their pediatrician slaughtered by a bomb apparently targeting a hospital...

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    At UN, Momentum Is Gaining to End Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

    by  • April 11, 2016 • Asia, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    Mira Sorvino and Yuri Fedotov

    Experts on human trafficking and slavery are calling for strong involvement by the private sector in tackling the enormous challenge of these abuses, particularly with girls and women. At the same time, the experts, who spoke at a recent panel discussion held at the United Nations, recognized the daunting task in asking industry to...

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    As Acid Attacks Rise Against Women, Laws Help to Deter Such Assaults

    by  • February 29, 2016 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Women's Issues • 1 Comment

    An acid-attack survivor is used to demonstrate in a workshop the importance of stretching and burns care. ACID SURVIVORS TRUST INTERNATIONAL

    PHNOM PENH — Acid is increasingly becoming a personal weapon of choice, especially against women. In the last 15 years, it has been estimated that more than 3,200 acid-throwing attacks were recorded in countries as varied as Bangladesh, Britain, Colombia, Pakistan and Uganda, totaling an estimated 3,500 victims in that time period. The numbers are estimated to...

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    Finding True Power for Women and Girls: The UN Goals’ Toughest Task

    by  • October 27, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Education, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Girls and women may have a large focus in the UN's new development goals, but they also have a long way to go toward equality. Here, a girl in Agadez, Niger. JOE PENNEY

    Challenged by the staggering agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to abolish most of the world’s ills within 15 years, research organizations, advocacy groups and objective demographers had begun to do the math well before the goals were adopted globally in September 2015. Success or failure rests on complex equations with interlinked or...

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