VIDEO: “People Affected by Leprosy Suffer Severe Discrimination”

By Fabiana FrayssinetRÍO DE JANEIRO, Mar 15 2019 – “More than 50 countries in the world have discriminatory laws against people affected by Hansen’s disease. There is also a lot of discrimination in the public administration…and ...

Becoming Drought Resilient: Why African Farmers Must Consider Drought Tolerant Crops

A farmer in Woliyta area of Ethiopia experiences higher yields of taro since adopting disease-resistant and drought tolerant seed varieties. Credit: Ed McKenna/IPS By Esther NgumbiILLINOIS, United States, Mar 15 2019 – The latest UN ...

Women Take the Lead Tackling Climate Change in Bangladesh

Due to the saline water in the Khulna region, people suffer from a lack of pure drinking water. Shila Bawali and Suchitra Biswas set up a committee run by women to help the community. The purified water, generated by the reverse osmosis plant, ...

Three Takeaways from Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

By Mark BakerSOUTH CAROLINA, USA, Mar 15 2019 – Those of us working in disaster relief know what to expect when a hurricane or earthquake strikes with devastating fury. We know that safe water, food, and shelter will be the most immediate ...

The Geneva Centre strongly condemns New Zealand terrorist attacks

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – The Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy has strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks killing at least 40 people today in Christchurch, ...

The Geneva Centre presents oral statements on the UPR outcomes of Saudi Arabia and Jordan

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Mar 15 2019 (IPS-Partners) (Geneva Centre) – At the 40th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre presented on 14 March statements with regard to Saudi Arabia and Jordan. In its statement ...

Scholar Questions ‘Techie’ Approach to Dealing with Climate Change

Kishan Kumarsingh, lead negotiator for Trinidad and Tobago on climate change. Credit: Jewel Fraser/IPS By Jewel FraserPORT OF SPAIN, Mar 15 2019 – Trinidad and Tobago unveiled its monitoring, reporting and verification system in mid-March ...

People Affected by Leprosy in Latin America Unite for Their Rights and Their Voice

Family photo of part of the 111 participants in the First Latin American and Caribbean Assembly of Organisations of People Affected by Hansen’s Disease, on the steps of the Morisco Palace, the headquarters of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, ...

Helping St. Vincent’s Fishers Maintain an Essential Industry in a Changing Climate

By Kenton X. ChanceKINGSTOWN, Mar 14 2019 – From an influx of sargassum in near-shore waters, to fish venturing further out to sea to find cooler, more oxygenated water, fishers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are battling the vagaries ...

Tobacco Industry Targets Women in Asia

A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS By Wendell Balderas and Mary AssuntaBANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 14 2019 – International Women’s Day on 8 March recognized and celebrated ...