Tunisia's Revolution is Just Beginning

Lingering violence, intolerance and oppression in Tunisia, following the oustingof former dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, tells therevolutionaries who sparked the Arab Spring that their work is just beginning.

Islamists Stall Gender Equality Bill

The fate of a gender equality bill pending in Indonesia's parliament and aligned with the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms discrimination against women (CEDAW) has become uncertain after falling afoul of powerful Islamist groups.

COLOMBIA: Saving the River Basin, One Schoolchild at a Time

"Out of love for the river, we reforest, recycle, and make this place beautiful,"says a sign welcoming visitors to the Floragaita school, where a balsa (Ochroma pyramidale) tree with enormous white flowers guards the entrance to the lush green grounds on a hill in the heart of Colombia's Andes mountains.

Caste Blocks Revamp of Nepal's Sex Workers

Social activists say that attempts to rehabilitate sex workers in this former monarchy call for special efforts to uplift the Badi, a Hindu caste that has for centuries been associated with entertainment and prostitution.

Women 'Invisible' in Myanmar

While Aung San Suu Kyi enjoys iconic status in Myanmar (also known as Burma), women remain invisible in this country steeped in Buddhist tradition and emerging from decades of military rule.

Modern Obstetrics and Midwives Need to Join Forces

María dos Prazeres de Souza has lost count of the number of births"without a single death"she has attended as a midwife, an occupation that there is renewed interest in strengthening in traditional communities in Brazil where state services are not available or are not entirely acceptable for cultural reasons.

KYRGYZSTAN: Justice Elusive for Kidnapped Brides

Even though she was kidnapped, pressured into marrying a manfrom a nearby village, and then abandoned without means tosustain herself and the couple's two young children, Totugulcan't rely on Kyrgyzstan's courts for help.

Turks Police Own London District Amid Rioting

As London simmered under a heavy police lid last night, therewere some areas of the city that had no need for flashing bluelights and riot shields to maintain the ragged sense of calm.




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