November 21, 2017

Category Archives: Current Issues

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 (IPS) – A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world.Read the full story, “Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) – “I never come here, just because of boys,” Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. “They’re opening the door.” Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys’ school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.Read the full story, “Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

ROME, Nov 16 (IPS) – It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?Read the full story, “Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) – This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)– and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.Read the full story, “Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population

SEOUL/NEW DELHI, Oct 28 (IPS) – Experts on population ageing converged in Seoul this week to discuss how to make reaching one’s “golden years” a happy and sustainable process across the world.Read the full story, “Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Stopping Child Marriage Forever

Stopping Child Marriage Forever

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 30 (IPS) – The mother moved in like a tigress to save her cub. In 2015, when her 13-year-old daughter Shumi Akhter was about to be married off, Panna Begum pleaded with her husband, Dulal Mia, to cancel the marriage he’d arranged for their daughter.Read the full story, “Stopping Child Marriage Forever”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking

Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 (IPS) – Twenty-year-old Gogontlejang Phaladi of Mahalapye, Botswana is grateful she was never sent to a so-called “hyena” like scores of girls in neighboring Malawi were.Read the full story, “Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage

Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 12 (IPS) – Over 20,000 girls are married before the age of 18 every day around the world as countries continue to lack legal protections, according to a new study.Read the full story, “Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example

Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example

Maijdee, Noakhali (Bangladesh), Oct 13 (IPS) – History was made for 400 landless families in the remote char lands of Noakhali district. On October 11, they all received land titles from the government for which they had waited for over two decades. In Bangladesh, as in other countries, the title is a permanent legal ownership document.Read the full story, “Land Settlement Empowers: Bangladesh Sets an Example”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) – The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).Read the full story, “Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

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