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An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR Jalozai camp

Reuters AlertNet – Wednesday 20 May, 2009

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An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Jalozai camp, about 140 km (87 miles) north west of Pakistans capital Islamabad May 20, 2009. Pakistani forces say they are making progress in their offensive against the Taliban in their Swat valley bastion following U.S. warnings that the militants posed an existential threat. REUTERS/Ali Imam (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS) REUTERS/STR/PAKISTAN

An internally displaced girl, seeking refuge from a military offensive in the Swat valley region, carries water atop her head inside the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Jalozai camp, about 140 km (87 miles) north west of Pakistan's capital Islamabad May 20, 2009. Pakistani forces say they are making progress in their offensive against the Taliban in their Swat valley bastion following U.S. warnings that the militants posed an existential threat. REUTERS/Ali Imam (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS) REUTERS/STR/PAKISTAN

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UN: Women, children affected most by crisis in Cambodia

Xiong Tong, Editor – China View – 8 April, 2009

PHNOM PENH, April 8 (Xinhua) — Women and children of Cambodia bore the brunt of the current global financial crisis, as it cut down on the kingdom’s exports and led to job loss, said the Office of UN Resident Coordinator on Wednesday.

“Women will be disproportionally affected by this crisis. They make up the bulk of the labor force, and they are the backbone of this economy. We know that when women’s incomes are lost, the whole family suffers, especially the children,” said UN Resident Coordinator Douglas Broderick in a press release.

To survive, more and more Cambodian women and children may find themselves in the informal economy for lower wages, poorer conditions, and greater risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking, he said. . .

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Aid expulsion heavy blow to Darfur women, children

SARAH EL DEEB – Associated Press – Wed 8 April, 2009

Displaced Sudanese women seeking medical treatment line up outside the Egyptian military field hospital at Abu Shouk refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan Thursday, March 26, 2009. With her health options limited, one woman in this Darfur refugee camp is considering a risky alternative: a traditional healer who promises his potion of holy water, charcoal and glue, touched by verses of the Quran, can cure her uterus inflammation. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Displaced Sudanese women seeking medical treatment line up outside the Egyptian military field hospital at Abu Shouk refugee camp, outside the Darfur town of al-Fasher, Sudan Thursday, March 26, 2009. With her health options limited, one woman in this Darfur refugee camp is considering a risky alternative: a traditional healer who promises his potion of holy water, charcoal and glue, touched by verses of the Quran, can cure her uterus inflammation. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

ABU SHOUK CAMP, Sudan (AP) — With her health options limited, one woman in this Darfur refugee camp is considering a risky alternative: a traditional healer who promises his potion of holy water, charcoal and glue, touched by verses of the Quran, can cure her uterus inflammation.

It’s not a choice 22-year-old Mastoura Hussein would have considered before the Sudanese government threw out some of the biggest aid groups working in war-torn Darfur. The order forced the departure of the doctors she had been seeing at a specialized women’s health clinic.

The expulsion has raised fears of a humanitarian crisis across Darfur, where several million rely on agencies for food, health care and shelter. . .

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SRI LANKA: Pregnant women at greater risk in conflict

IRIN (Asia | Sri Lanka) – Monday 6 April, 2009

23-year-old Thanusiaya - a resident of the Nellukulum transit camp in Vavuniya - is one of scores of pregnant women who fled fighting in northern Sri Lanka and now needs assistance. Image: IRIN

23-year-old Thanusiaya - a resident of the Nellukulum transit camp in Vavuniya - is one of scores of pregnant women who fled fighting in northern Sri Lanka and now needs assistance. Image: IRIN

VAVUNIYA, 6 April 2009 (IRIN) – Thousands of pregnant women caught up in the fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are in urgent need of healthcare, according to aid workers.

“I was scared. I didn’t know if we were going to make it,” 23-year-old Thanusiya told IRIN. At eight months pregnant and after weeks of shelling, she and her husband escaped to the northern, government-controlled town of Vavuniya last month.

Given the number of civilians who have fled to government-controlled areas, coupled with those still trapped inside the conflict zone, the numbers of women in the same position as Thanusiya could easily be in the thousands. . .

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Girl Power: Educating Girls in the 21st Century

MyJoyOnline News, Ghana – (World Bank) – Mon 16 March, 2009

In a speech to his fellow Ghanaians in the early 1900s, the visionary educator, Dr. J.E. Kwegyir Aggrey, declared, “The surest way to keep a people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.”

The good news today is that girls have crowded into school in record numbers over recent decades.
They have shrunk the gender gap with boys, and won significant economic, social, and development gains for themselves and their communities, says a new Bank report.

Overall primary school enrollments for girls in poor countries jumped from 87 percent in 1990 to 94 percent in 2004, with also more girls than ever before now in secondary school, according to the report, Girls’ Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth. . .

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Womens rights not partial – foreign domestic workers hold demo in Lebanon

This year in Lebanon, several rights organizations and NGOs celebrated International Woman’s Day by holding a sit-in West Beirut. It was all part of an ongoing campaign to highlight the abuse of foreign domestic workers in the country.

SASEEN KAWSALLY – Menassat and Arab Images Foundation – posted 13 March, 2009

Demonstrators advocating for the rights of female domestic workers in Lebanon. © Saseen Kawzally

Demonstrators advocating for the rights of female domestic workers in Lebanon. © Saseen Kawzally

BEIRUT, March 12, 2009 (MENASSAT) — On Sunday (March 8) in front of Al-Madina (City) theater on the main street of Hamra in west Beirut, life-size figures stood painted in red, each bearing the name of a dead foreign domestic worker, along with her date of birth, date of arrival in Lebanon, and date of death.

More than half of the 95 cases of domestic workers’ deaths in Lebanon are considered “suicide,” and according to a 2008 Human Rights Watch report at least one domestic worker dies in Lebanon every week. . .

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African Women Key in Green Revolution

Wezi Tjaronda – New Era (Namibia) – Mon 16 Feb, 2008

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WINDHOEK – African governments should focus on the needs of women farmers as they embark on the Green Revolution in Africa, experts at the just ended High Level Meeting on African Agriculture have said.

Women in Africa make up between 70 and 80 percent of food processors, yet they lack access to finance, education, land and rights.

Although they are key for programmes on agriculture productivity to succeed, their participation in decision-making has for long been neglected, according to Chairperson of the 17th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Gerda Verburg. She was speaking on Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the High Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges, Making Sustainable Green Revolution”. . .

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