Women in the News – The New IPS Gender Wire – 28th July 2009

IPS wants to redress a huge imbalance that exists today: only 22% of the voices you hear and read in the news are women’s. Elections, health, education, armed conflicts, corruption, laws, trade, climate change, the global financial and food crises, and natural disasters. IPS covers these frontline issues asking an often forgotten question: What does this mean for women and girls?

NICARAGUA: Therapeutic Abortion Ban a “Disgrace” Says Rights Group – Emilio Godoy
MEXICO CITY – “What happened to me shattered my dreams, my hopes – I wanted to be someone who worked outside the home but I spend all day at home looking after the baby…I can’t even sleep and I feel very unsafe, many of my days are a nightmare, it’s very hard to carry on and I feel very sad and very tired,” said “M”, who was raped at age 17 by a relative.

RIGHTS-KENYA: Justice Waits While Debate Rages Over Tribunal – Joyce Mulama
NAIROBI – Kenya’s cabinet is expected to meet Monday to review a bill establishing how the masterminds of the country’s post-election violence will be punished.

EGYPT: Disputes Rise Over Quotas for Women MPs – Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa Al-Omrani
CAIRO – Disputes have arisen over new legislation setting a quota for female representatives in parliament. Spokesmen for the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of President Hosni Mubarak describe the quotas as a milestone for women’s rights, but some critics say the move threatens to create more problems than it solves.

CULTURE-AUSTRALIA: Film on ‘Slavery’ Ignites Controversy – Neena Bhandari
SYDNEY – ‘Stolen’, an Australian documentary film that premiered at the Sydney Film Festival last month, has ignited a controversy with its claims on slavery in the refugee camps of Western Sahara. The main protagonist has denounced the film for her portrayal as a ‘slave’, but the filmmakers say they stand by their version of the story “one hundred per cent”.

HAITI: Women “More Protected” to Report Sexual Violence – Valeria Vilardo
PORT-AU-PRINCE – It has been five years since the U.N. sent peacekeepers to Haiti following the forced departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the country, while not in a state of war, remains one of the world’s most unstable.

AUSTRALIA: Male Job Losses Rise as Families Count Costs – Stephen de Tarczynski
MELBOURNE – Despite concerns that female workers would bear the brunt of Australian job losses due to the global economic downturn, employees in the male-dominated manufacturing industry have so far been the hardest hit.

POLITICS-MAURITANIA: Election Results Challenged – Ebrima Sillah
DAKAR – Coup leader-turned-politician General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz has been declared winner of Saturday’s presidential elections by Mauritania’s Interior Ministry.


COMMUNICATING FOR CHANGE: Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality: A new IPS programme to speak up about the third development goal.

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