La Participación Infantil y Adolescente en la Agenda Pública a debate

27 de mayo 2010, Montevideo. El próximo viernes 4 de Junio, la organización Gurises Unidos, con la colaboración del Insituto de Cooperación Económica Internacional (ICEI) y el Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales de Uruguay (IELSUR) celebrará un debate en el marco del proyecto que llevan desarrollando con el apoyo de la Unión Europea, Desde los 20 años de la Convención de los Derechos del Niño, que llevará por título Participación Infantil y Adolescente en la Agenda Pública. El debate tendrá lugar en la sede de la organización y empezará a las 10h. Gurises Unidos es una organización de la sociedad civil que trabaja por la defensa de los derechos de los niños, niñas y...

COIPRODEN promueve llegada a Honduras de experta independiente del Comité de Derechos del Niño de Naciones Unidas

21 Mayo 2010, - La Coordinadora de Instituciones Privadas pro Niñas, Niños, Adolescentes, Jóvenes y sus Derechos, COIPRODEN con el propósito de visualizar los problemas que enfrentan la niñez en Honduras, promovió la visita al país de la experta independiente del Comité de Derechos del Niño de Naciones Unidas, Susana Villarán, quien estuvo promoviendo del 19 al 23 de abril la Convención de los Derechos del Niño y el cumplimiento de las recomendaciones emitidas por dicho Comité al Estado de Honduras. Villarán, de origen peruano y con una amplia trayectoria en el campo de los derechos humanos, es uno de los 18 miembros del Comité de Derechos del Niños de Naciones Unidas ademá...

Initiative for Water as a Human Right Sinking in Congress

20th May 2010, Bogota - Colombian civil society organisations gathered more than two million signatures to ask Congress to hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would make access to water a fundamental human right.But Congress gutted the draft referendum bill this week by eliminating the clause on water as a human right. The popular initiative "no longer exists, it was blocked," Rafael Colmenares, spokesman for the Committee in Defence of Water and Life, told IPS after the Tuesday, May 18 session in the lower house of Congress that approved major modifications in the bill presented by the civil society groups. The legislative debate on the referendum will continue. ...

Gender Equity Progress Blocked by Hard-Core "Machismo"

14th May 2010, Santiago (IPS) - More than 60 percent of Chileans surveyed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are opposed to full equality between women and men, according to a new national report released by the agency on Friday.Pablo González, coordinator of the 2010 UNDP National Human Development Report from Chile, told IPS that the basic message of the study is the following: "Chile has made a great deal of progress with regard to gender equity, and people value this progress, but nonetheless, we have come up against entrenched pockets of resistance that will hinder further progress."Now it is important to tackle certain aspects resistant to change, which include the cou...

Glass of Milk Half Empty

14th May 2010, Lima - The "Glass of Milk" Programme, created in 1985 in Peru to provide a nutritional supplement for the most vulnerable population, specifically children up to six years old and pregnant and nursing women, is undermined by poor oversight, according to an audit by the Comptroller General's Office.The programme has a budget of 136 million dollars a year, and a target population of 4.2 million people, including 2.8 million children under six. However, some of the potential beneficiaries are not getting their glass of milk, because of discrimination in the allocation of resources.For instance, in urban districts where five percent of the population are poor, the programme spends...

Plan to Eradicate HIV, Syphilis in Newborns in Five Years

11th May 2010, Buenos Aires - With the right treatment, mother-to-child transmission of congenital syphilis and HIV, the AIDS virus, can be prevented. But every year, thousands of babies are still being born with these diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean."In spite of the high level (94 percent) of women receiving prenatal care in Latin America and the Caribbean, the proportion of women giving birth in health institutions is low in many countries in this region, which is a serious hindrance to the implementation of a strategy to eliminate" transmission of these diseases.This paragraph is taken from the Regional Initiative for the Elimination of Mother-Child Transmission of HIV and Con...

Fewer Mothers Dying Thanks to "Model" Law

4th May 2010, Ecuador (IPS) - Seventeen-year-old Miriam Toaquiza is the only occupant of the teenage mothers' ward in the public hospital in this Andean city. Beside her in the bed is Jennifer, her newborn baby.She is relaxed and smiling, in spite of having to stay in hospital longer than expected because of a postpartum complication."Are they looking after you all right, dear?" asks Julio Guerrero. "Yes," she replies. "Have they charged you for any medicines or for anything they have given you?" "No," she says. "Has anybody asked you to pay for anything at all?" he asks again. "No, it's all free, because of the free maternity programme," she says cheerfully.IPS was on the scene in Latacunga...

Mujeres, la mejor arma contra la mortalidad

4th May, 2010, - Un informe de la institución de caridad Save the Children asegura que la tasa de mortalidad materno infantil en los países en desarrollo ha disminuido notablemente gracias a la contratación de mujeres como trabajadoras de salud. La organización afirma que invertir en auxiliares sanitarias femeninas puede salvar la vida de millones de madres y bebés cada año.El director de Salud de Save the Children, Simon Wright, señala que muchas mujeres del mundo en desarrollo viven sin asistencia médica debido a obstáculos culturales y a tradiciones que impiden que busquen ayuda en doctores hombres, aún cuando afrontan situaciones de vida o muerte, como un parto que se complica ...

Challenges and Opportunities for the MDGs in the Latin American and Caribbean Region

4th may 2010, Latin America - On 26 April 2010, the Rio Group, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), organized an interactive workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. The meeting was opened by Mr. Eduardo Galvez, Ambassador, Charge d’affaires of Chile, who also served as the workshop moderator.The substantive discussion began with a presentation of a background document, prepared by UNDP, highlighting the reality of the MDGs in the LAC region. Delivered by Mr. Niky Fabiancic, Director a.i. of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, the...

PARAGUAY: ONG manifiesta preocupación ante proyecto de ley

8th April 2010 - La CDIA, colectivo de 25 organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan en el área de la niñez y la adolescencia desde el año 1993, manifiesta su preocupación ante publicaciones periodísticas en las cuales se informa de la posibilidad de elaboración de un proyecto de ley presentado por el senador Alfredo Jaeggli, que “Promoverá eliminar las cuadrillas de limpiavidrios y cuidacoches de la vía publica” (de acuerdo a lo publicado hoy en el diario Última Hora). * Se manifiesta que este proyecto es una acción más de las que se encuadran dentro de la criminalización de la pobreza, y en las cuales se persigue a las víctimas de desempleo y ausencia de políticas p...

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