Sara Parker, Liverpool John Moores University and Kay Standing, Liverpool John Moores University The tragic recent deaths of a mother and her two sons in a chhaupadi hut in Nepal has again brought the issue of this exclusionary practice to the forefront of international human rights and media attention. Despite being...
The central government is considering hiking the monthly pensions of the elderly poor, disabled and widows be increased from the current ₹200 to ₹800, The Hindu reported. According to the proposal by the Rural Development Ministry to the finance ministry, the hike for those who are aged 80 will be...
Ornamental craft made from palm leaves and pine cone in grass baskets are sold in Eswatini. Deepa Pullanikkatil Deepa Pullanikkatil, University of Glasgow Every day, people around the world harvest natural products like fungi, plants, bark, flowers, honey and nuts. These non-timber forest products, as they are known, can play an important...
Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients. Specifically, the scientists found that black patients in their study were 40 percent less likely to get pain...
Women fear losing support for themselves and their children if they report violence. Direct Relief/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND Luisa T. Schneider, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Sierra Leone has a long history of sexual and gender based violence, dating back to the colonial era and stretching into the years of independence which...
The upper house of the Indian parliament on Wednesday passed a constitutional amendment bill that provides for 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in the general category in government jobs and education. While 165 Rajya Sabha members voted in favour, 7 voted against the bill, which had been...
The lower house of the Indian parliament has approved a constitutional amendment bill that provides for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of general category candidates in government employment and education. Introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot in the Lok Sabha, the Constitution (124th Amendment)...
While 39 million people in the world are blind, and another 253 million have some sort of vision impairment, the United Nations has observed the first official World Braille Day on Friday. The proclamation of January 4 as the day was done by the General Assembly last November, with an...
Japan saw the biggest natural population decline on record in 2018, a year when there were only 921,000 births but 1.37m deaths. The population decline this year is 448,000. While the Shinzo Abe has adopted a policy of increasing birthrates, the number of births fell to its lowest since records...
Simanti Dasgupta, University of Dayton Hoping to protect women from sexual exploitation, Indian lawmakers are pushing a bill that amends the criminal code to harden legal and financial penalties for sex trafficking. The “Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill,” which passed the lower house of India’s parliament in July...

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