Myanmar and China’s Bride Trafficking Problem

Women and girls from Myanmar are increasingly being trafficked as “brides” to China. Aung Ja* was 18 when a woman from Myitkina, northern Myanmar, convinced her to take a ‘factory’ job in China. She was rescued in 2017 and is taking ...

The System, the Youth and Democracy

By Roberto SavioROME, Mar 22 2019 – If we ever needed a proof, to see how the political system has become self referent, and unable to update itself, the last student march, in more than 1.000 towns, is a very good example. Of course, ...

Bangladesh moves to stop siphoning off money by multinational companies

. By Fahad FerdousDHAKA, Bangladesh, Mar 21 2019 (IPS-Partners) (UNB/IPS) – Bangladesh is collecting data on international transactions of multinational companies to stop them from siphoning off money from the country. Dhaka ranked ...

Did a Backlash Against Trump Trigger Historic Highs for US Women in Politics?

Some of the US women legislators elected to office in November 2018 By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2019 – The dramatic increase in women legislators voted into office last November and the historic high of women candidates for ...

International Trade Unions Condemn Recognition of Guaidó

Congressman Juan Guaidó of the Popular Will party, president of the National Assembly since Jan. 5, was sworn in on Jan. 23 before a crowd as Venezuela’s interim president. Credit: NationalAssembly By Ivar AndersenSTOCKHOLM, Mar 21 ...

Call for Returnee Migrants to Join Forces to Fight Irregular Migration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a project called Migrants as Messengers (MaM), which aims to make future candidates aware of the dangers of irregular migration. In Guinea, migrants who have returned home are ...

9 of the 10 Worst Global Risks are Linked to Water

By Jens BerggrenSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Mar 21 2019 – Every year, the World Economic Forum asks some 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, business, academia and civil society across the globe to assess the risks facing the world over ...

UN’s Plan to Offshore Back-Office Jobs is Probably a Waste of Money

By Ian RichardsUNITED NATIONS, Mar 20 2019 – A $64 million plan to move 750 back office jobs from the UN’s main duty stations to four new centralized service centres in Budapest, Montreal, Nairobi and Shenzhen, could end up being a ...

VIDEO: World Autism Awareness Day 2019 – Assistive Technologies, Active Participation

By IPS World DeskROME, Mar 20 2019 – Awareness of Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has continued to grow worldwide, in recent years. But the number of diagnoses have continued to increase unabated. Indeed, the number of people diagnosed ...

How One Kenyan Teacher is Lifting His Students Out of Poverty With Science

Maths and physical science teacher Peter Tabichi (far right) in class. The Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School teacher has been nominated for the one million dollar Global Teacher Prize. Courtesy: Peter Tabichi By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, ...