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Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism? How paramilitaries rule by fear in Mindanao

by Lennart Hofman IRIN News February 26, 2016

Kailo Bontulan sat in front of a cluster of thatched bamboo huts next to a humble Protestant church in Davao, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. About 700 members of his indigenous community fled there almost a year ago following d...

Reporting on life, death, and corruption in Southeast Asia

by Thomas Fuller New York Times February 21, 2016

BANGKOK — The protesters built what looked like medieval ramparts topped with sharpened wooden stakes in the heart of Bangkok. The military was preparing to sweep them out....

The new normal in Fata

by Ashfaq Yusufzai Inter Press Service February 11, 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 11 2016 (IPS) - A military operation by Pakistan’s army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the ...

Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49.  The report listed general causes for suicide such as  mental health problems, relationships, marriage and family issues, and  youth (since 21 percent of the suicides were committed by young women aged 18 years and under) but did not elaborate on causes. Photo: Brennon Jones/IRIN

Nepal: Why are so many young women killing themselves?

by IRIN News January 22, 2016

Suicide has emerged as the single leading cause of death among women in Nepal aged 15-49, outranking other causes such as accidents and disease, according to a government study. ...

Thousands of farmer suicides prompt India to set up $1.3bn crop insurance scheme

by Agence-France Presse The Guardian January 13, 2016

Women working the fields in India where a vast number farm, but make little money. Photo: © Neeta Lal/IPS...

India needs to “Save its Daughters” through education and gender equality. India ranks 130th of 155 countries in newly released gender inequality index.

by Neeta Lal Inter Press Service January 8, 2016

Women constitute nearly half of the country’s 1.25 billion people and gender equality — whether in politics, economics, education or health — is still a distant dream for most. This fact was driven home again sharply by the recently released U...