Archive for October 26th, 2019

26/10/2019

Over 1 Million People March in Chile’s Largest Protest

Protests that started over a hike in public transport fares boiled into massive marches. The government responded with heavy repression. At least 18 people have been killed, hundreds have been injured, and over 7,000 arrested.

The popular movement against Piñera’s neoliberal government and its repressive policies, is unprecedented in Chile’s modern history

The popular movement against Piñera’s neoliberal government and its repressive policies, is unprecedented in Chile’s modern history | Photo: teleSUR

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26/10/2019

One-in-Four Pregnancies Unplanned, Two-Thirds of Women Foregoing Contraceptives

Human Wrongs Watch

25 October 2019 — Around two-thirds of sexually active women surveyed in a new UN study indicated that although they wished to avoid or postpone having children, they had stopped relying on contraception out of concern for how it was affecting their health. As a result, around a quarter of all pregnancies are unplanned. That’s according to World Health Organization (WHO) findings published on Friday [25 October 2019]. *

© UNICEF | In Ambon, Indonesia, a pregnant woman has a check-up at a local health centre.

The family planning study of more than 10,000 women aged 15 to 49, across 36 low and middle-income countries confirms that 65 per cent of women with an unintended pregnancy were either not using contraception, or relied on traditional methods (such as withdrawal or calendar-based methods).

26/10/2019

Nepal Benefits from End to Open Toilet Use

Human Wrongs Watch

25 October 2019 — Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 people in Nepal’s impoverished Terai region. Huts fashioned of mud, thatch and straw stand in a row along the shoulder of a dirt road that carves through rice fields, where Sunaina, and the majority of her neighbours earn their living.*

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© WSSCC/Hiroyuki Saito | Sunaina borrowed the money to build a toilet in her village in Nepal.

 

In this under-developed area, sanitation has hitherto been lacking.

“Previously, the people did not have toilets, they did not see the necessity of having a proper place to defecate,” says Raju Prajad Sah, the local Chief Administrative Officer.

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