Rural Girls Face Barriers to Education

LIMA, Feb 16, 2011 (IPS) - "My classmates from Utupampa had to walk an hour to get to school," said Yasmín Sena, a young woman from a village in Peru's highlands. "That community is way up in the mountains; no cars can go there.""It was a really difficult and dangerous walk," especially when the girls had to make the trek home at night, the 18-year-old Sena, who is from Tumpa in the west-central highlands region of Ancash, told IPS. Although she managed to complete her secondary school studies, many of the other girls in her class dropped out, due to the numerous barriers standing in the way of education for girls in many of Peru's impoverished rural regions. A law was passed in Peru in 200...

Pockets of Child Malnutrition Despite Economic Boom

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 21, 2011 (IPS) - Despite years of strong economic growth, record harvests and massive social assistance programmes, there are still places in Argentina untouched by the boom, where child malnutrition has even claimed lives.Hunger and malnutrition affect 53 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including nearly nine million children under five, according to United Nations statistics. Argentina is not one of the countries with the most serious problems of malnutrition, like Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala and Bolivia. But the question is that this country, once known as the "bread basket" of South America, produces enough food to feed its population of 40 ...

En Colombia el desplazamiento forzado por la violencia continúa descendiendo

Colombia, 31 de diciembre, 2010 -  - En el 2010 fueron expulsados de sus sitios de origen 25 mil 506 hogares, un 47.8% menos que el año inmediatamente anterior. - Este año se materializaron 22 procesos de retornos. Estrategia "Retornar Es Vivir" en su Fase I ya focalizó a más de 50 mil personas. - Con respecto al año 2009, los desplazamientos masivos se incrementaron, pasando de 42 a 57. - El 2011 será un año crítico, debido a los desplazamientos forzados por el invierno, que ya deja más de dos millones cien mil colombianos damnificados. - Uno de los grandes retos es lograr estabilizar a la población retornada o reubicada en temas como generación de ingresos, vivienda...

Pronunciamiento publico contra el endurecimiento de los sistemas penales hacia los niños, las niñas y los adolescentes

Latin America, 20 decembre 2010 - Los colectivos, organizaciones y personas abajo firmantes expresamos nuestra preocupación por la situación actual que coloca a los adolescentes como los principales responsables de la inseguridad que aseguran se vive en nuestro país. Entendemos que las políticas de mano dura que se están proponiendo  no significan una respuesta adecuada por las siguientes razones:1. Hasta la fecha ningún dato válido de fuente confiable, realizado con criterios medianamente serios y de calidad técnica avala el supuesto auge de conductas delictivas por parte de adolescentes. Sin embargo lo que sí esta avalado por abundantes cifras y fuentes indiscutibles son los ...

Movimiento Mundial de la Infancia advierte a Uruguay por justicia juvenil

Uruguay, 25 noviembre 2010 - pasó a formar parte de aquellos países de Latinoamérica que son advertidos por el Movimiento Mundial de la Infancia, que cuenta con el respaldo de organismos internacionales como Unesco y Unicef, y de organizaciones civiles de todo el mundo, debido al debate sobre el endurecimiento de penas para menores de 18 años. Uruguay es motivo de miradas internacionales debido al debate planteado tras la propuesta de la baja de edad de imputabilidad sugerida por el Partido Colorado, y por la definición que el lunes adoptó el gobierno de traspasar a la Justicia de adultos, de la Justicia de adolescentes, los antecedentes de los menores de 18 años una vez cumplida...

New Campaign Calls Dropouts Back to School

Buenos Aires, 13 December 2010 (IPS) - Convincing young people who have dropped out of school to resume their studies is no easy feat. Which is why a group of social organisations in Argentina are joining with the government to launch a different kind of campaign to bring young people back into the classroom in 2011. "What we’re doing is not entirely new to us, but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to take our work to such a large scale," Miguel Vidal, of the Argentine Forum of Community Radio Stations (FARCO), one of the organisations taking on the challenge, told IPS. The first task these organisations -- which all have experience in social work at the grassroots level -...

Con ruego de difusión y cobertura

MOVIMIENTO MUNDIAL POR LA INFANCIA EXPRESA SU PREOCUPACIÓN POR LAS TENDENCIAS REGRESIVAS EN JUSTICIA PENAL JUVENIL EN AMÉRICA LATINA Y EL CARIBE  El Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia - Capítulo América Latina y el Caribe (MMI-CLAC) convoca a una conferencia de prensa, a realizarse el 22 de noviembre en la sede del Instituto Interamericano del Niño, la Niña y Adolescentes, en la ciudad de Montevideo, Uruguay, a las 11:30, con la finalidad de compartir las reflexiones y preocupaciones ante la problemática de la reapertura del debate parlamentario y legislativo en torno al endurecimiento de penas a personas de menos de 18 años de edad. Se contará con la participación de la expe...

Hygiene Promotion is Key to Preventing a Nationwide Cholera Epidemic in Haiti, says Save the Children

PORT-AU-PRINCE 12 November 2010 — With more than 700 people dead and 11,000 now sick from cholera across Haiti, additional sites in Port-au-Prince are reporting their first cases of the fatal yet preventable and treatable disease. In Gaston Margron, a camp where Save the Children provides health care to inhabitants and surrounding community, the first suspected case of cholera has been identified. More than a million people have been living in crowded temporary camps since the earthquake in January and millions more live in the city’s squalid slums with next to no access to clean water or proper sanitation facilities. In these areas, where people have very limited access to health care ...

Nicaragua on Obstacle Course to Women's Equality

MANAGUA, 5 November 2010 - Nicaragua has made some progress promoting gender equity and the empowerment of women, but it will have to step up efforts and overcome a number of hurdles if it is to eliminate inequalities between the sexes at all levels by 2015.This view was expressed by U.N. experts, Nicaraguan authorities and representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at a two-day seminar on Nicaragua: Women, Work and Leadership, which ended Thursday in Managua.The 2015 deadline was set by the world's leaders in 2000 for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The seminar dealt with the third MDG, on promoting gender equality and empowering women.The eig...

Women Sterilised Over HIV Status

NEW YORK/SANTIAGO, 22 October, 2010 - When Francisca arrived at the historic Curicó Hospital – a staple in the Chilean central valley for nearly one and a half centuries – for the birth of her first child, she didn't know it would be her only one."I was in the recovery room at the hospital of Curicó when [the nurse] entered and, after asking me how I was feeling, told me that I was sterilised and that I would not be able to have any more children," she recalls in a joint report by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and the Chilean NGO Vivo Positivo released Thursday.It was 2002. Francisca (not her real name) was 20 years old and she and her husband foresaw a future...

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