• Poverty

    Girl, Disrupted: How a Boarding School Shifted the Life of One Young Woman

    by  • December 13, 2017 • Asia, India, Poverty • 

    Shilpa Raj is not a Bollywood name, though she has starred in a documentary. She is not a best-selling author — yet. But she has written a frank, soulful book that can contribute to important discussions about the human costs of a disrupted childhood, however well-intentioned, based on her own extraordinary story. At the...

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    ‘Period Poverty’: Why No One Is Talking About Eco-Friendly Solutions

    by  • November 30, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Human Rights, Poverty, Women • 1 Comment

    The United Nations has recognized menstrual hygiene as a global public health and human-rights issue, yet across the world, “period poverty,” as some call it, is the reality for millions of women and girls. In India, for example, it is estimated that only 12 percent of the country’s 355 million menstruating women can afford...

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    Where the Hungriest People in the World Live

    by  • October 25, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Poverty, Take a Look • 

    The 2017 Global Hunger Index produced many sadly predictable findings but also worrying surprises. The report’s subtitle, “The Inequalities of Hunger,” suggests a reason. Naomi Hossain, the guest author of the report, looks at the power structures that can dictate every step of a food chain. “In food systems, power is exercised in a...

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    Tunisia Acts on Violence Against Women, With Help From UN Women

    by  • August 6, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Poverty, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    • Prodded by Tunisian advocacy organizations and assisted by international legal experts, the Tunisian parliament passed a law in late July not only to curb violence against women but also to introduce measures to protect them and provide help to those who have suffered abuse. It is the first such law passed by Tunisian...

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    Did Equatorial Guinea Bribe Its Way to a UN Security Council Seat?

    by  • May 23, 2017 • Africa, Geopolitics, Human Rights, Poverty, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Amid the predominantly Francophone region in West Africa is tiny Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, a country blessed — or cursed — with vast oil reserves. For most of its independent life, the country has been ruled by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has the distinction of being the longest-serving nonroyal head of state in...

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    Is Feminism in Britain Slipping Under Theresa May’s Leadership? Women’s Groups Wonder

    by  • March 20, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Poverty, US Foreign Relations, Women • 

    NOTTINGHAM, England — Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May once famously wore a “This is what a feminist looks like” T-shirt and has been vocal in her support for women — much more than her only female predecessor and fellow Conservative Party member Margaret Thatcher. Yet May has remained a divisive figure among the feminist...

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    Trump’s ‘Gag Rule’ Contradicts UN Policy Helping Women in Distress

    by  • January 24, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Poverty, Refugees, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    Just days after a global outpouring of support for a movement demanding protection for the rights of women and other advances promoted by civil society, Donald Trump has fully turned back the clock. On Jan. 23, with a stroke of his presidential pen, he banned all official American aid to any global organization that...

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    In Hanoi, Families Finance Vietnam’s Entrepreneurial Women

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

    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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    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 • 1 Comment

    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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    All in Africa: The World’s 13 Highest-Mortality Countries

    by  • January 6, 2016 • Africa, Development, Health and Population, Poverty, Women • 2 Comments

    M'Poko camp in Central African Republic

    Despite remarkable reductions in mortality, 13 sub-Saharan African countries — 1 out of every 20 people in the world — have yet to achieve life expectancies at birth of 55 years, the global average attained a half century ago. These highest-mortality countries, with Somalia leading the list, are more than 15 years behind the...

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    The Drug War: A Dangerous Trap for Poor Children and Their Families, a New Report Says

    by  • November 20, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Trafficking, Latin America, Poverty, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 1 Comment

    In time for Universal Children’s Day, a new report shows how the war on drugs hurts children’s health, puts them into the line of fire amid drug-gang violence and leads them into the netherworld of human trafficking and enslavement. The drug war also destroys families when parents are unnecessarily imprisoned for drug crimes, among...

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    The Heart of Pope Francis’s Speech at the UN: Don’t Look Past the Poor

    by  • September 25, 2015 • Development, General Assembly, Poverty, Secretary-General, Women • 2 Comments

    Pope Francis spread his gospel of not forgetting the poor at the United Nations on Friday morning, where he spoke in his native Spanish to the 193 member delegations and heads of state gathered before him at the General Assembly Hall. It was his first appearance at the UN during his first trip to...

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    The Situation for Women and Girls Around the World? Stark.

    by  • September 24, 2015 • Governance, Health and Population, Latin America, Middle East, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals, Women • 5 Comments

    As the United Nations prepares to formally accept the new Sustainable Development Goals at midday at a summit meeting on Friday, here is a close look at one of the main resources that helped inform the long debate on creating the goals — the UN Development Program’s Human Development Report for 2014. What do...

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    A Broader Breastfeeding Campaign Emphasizes Mothers’ Health

    by  • September 1, 2015 • Health and Population, Poverty, Women • 2 Comments

    Every year, the first week of August is dedicated to promoting the exclusive feeding of newborn infants with natural breast milk, which evidence shows can ensure numerous health benefits for mother and child. There are few if any specialists in the field of infant health who would now dispute that. United Nations agencies, the...

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    Freed From Extreme Poverty, but Left Out of the Middle Class

    by  • August 3, 2015 • Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, Poverty • 

    When the final assessment of what the Millennium Development Goals achieved was released on July 6, the United Nations said confidently that more than 1 billion people had been lifted from poverty since 1990, the baseline year for setting the goals, which were then monitored from 2000 to 2015. But where did these poor...

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