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Governments Must Step Up So Women Don't Have to Step In
What role should governments play in providing basic necessities for their people? And who fills the gaps when governments fall short? The aftermath of the 2007-2008 bread crisis that erupted in Egypt highlights that women compensate when governments and others can't supply basic necessities such as health care, education and social services...
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Headed For Collapse
Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, says we are both the perpetrators and victims of a global "Ponzi" scheme. We invest less and less in our global economy and caring for the planet, yet we expect to receive the same returns (or more) year after year. The recent food and financial crises are warning signs that unless we change--and change now--we are headed towards environmental and economic collapse...
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What Does Gender Have to Do with Hunger?
For World Food Day 2009, the International Food Policy Research Institute presented compelling new research that confirms strong links between gender inequality and global hunger...
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Economics and Public Health
I.M.O.W. Global Council Member Indira Chakravarty, Ph.D. and Doctor of Science, spoke with I.M.O.W. about the perceived economic value of women in India, and how basic rights such as health care, clean water, and basic education can make all the difference for empowering Indian women to contribute fully to the economy and society...
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Poverty, Gender Inequities and HIV/AIDS
Most HIV prevention programs focus on access to information and health care services. But for many women, especially in developing parts of the world, choices about health are limited by the other constraints available to them, in terms of gender relations, economic survival and unequal access to information and services...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
Human Trafficking
Between November 28 and 30, Mary Anne Zammit participated on behalf of the Green Party of Malta in a Mediterranean Network meeting organized by the European Greens in Nicosia, Cyprus. Zammit presented a paper on human rights in non-European Union countries focusing on human trafficking, a problem common in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean region...
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COMMUNITY VOICE:
The New Slavery
Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a large portion of today's migrant worker population. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population is domestic workers. These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia...
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We Can End the Food Crisis
Over the past year, global food prices have soared, making even the most basic foods--such as rice and corn--too expensive for the world's poor. The result? Millions of families are enduring extreme hunger or starvation...
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