Author: Staff Reports

Political Director at The Borgen Project.

MARLTON, New Jersey — In Pakistan, the number of people living below the poverty line has decreased slightly over the years. However, even with the progress made there is still work to be done, which is where Pakistan’s digital policy aims to help. Back in 2001, the poverty rate in Pakistan was 64.3%, a number that could rival Africa, which is one of the poorest areas in the world. Fast forward to 2015, the rate decreased to 24.3%, a perfect 40% drop over 14 years. It’s always good for a number like this to continue to trend down, but when…

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Since the 2000s, the United Arab Emirates has made a great deal of progress in terms of women’s rights. In the past few years, the nation has transitioned from a more conservative and restrictive view of women’s rights in the UAE to a perspective that gives way to more freedom and opportunity. Current Women’s Rights in the UAE The Middle East generally garners a poor reputation for the treatment of women, however, the UAE ranks first in terms of gender equality and women’s rights in the  region. The UAE grants women equal pay to men and the…

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Quality health care in Nigeria is hard to come by, as it often exists in an underfunded and strained condition in parts of the nation. Even with doctors working their hardest, a simple lack of resources can severely constrain care. Recognizing this, entrepreneur and businesswoman Abisola Oladapo created Mumspring, an organization dedicated to increasing adequate health care for women and children, especially prenatal care. Health Care and Maternal Struggles Throughout Africa, limited access to health care for women directly correlates with high maternal deaths. The Journal of Global Health Reports states, “The lifetime risk of a Nigerian…

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JONESBORO, Georgia — Vietnam is home to 100,000 amputees. Additionally, the leftover two million unexploded mines and ordinances after the Vietnam War continue to take the limbs of thousands of men, women and children annually. Dr. Ha Van Vo, a biomedical engineering professor at Mercer University, set out to develop prosthetics for these amputees with the help of the institution. About Dr. Vo Dr. Vo, the son of a U.S.-trained army officer in the Republic of Vietnam, was young when he “experienced many of the horrors of the Vietnam War.” After moving to the U.S. in 1990, he worked first…

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SPOKANE, Washington — Each year, worsening air quality due to wildfires impacts the health of millions of people, with disproportionate effects on people living in poverty. To address the situation, Australia has begun a return to indigenous fire management. The nation has seen firsthand how the practice of cultural burning in Australia can protect both people and the environment from uncontrolled wildfires. Cultural Burning in AustraliaEdit date and time In regions managed by indigenous communities, infrastructure and vegetation are protected from rampant fires through a process known as cultural burning. Cultural burning is the indigenous practice of lighting fires that…

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CALGARY, Alberta — Taking place from June 30 to July 2, 2021, this year’s Generation Equality Forum, an international conference held in Paris, France, raised $40 billion for gender equality. U.N. Women convened the forum and the governments of France and Mexico co-hosted with the intention of launching transformative actions to secure women’s rights and accelerate opportunities for women worldwide. Gender Equality and Global Poverty Not only does the Generation Equality Forum fight for gender equality but it also fights for global poverty reduction. Bold action is necessary now more than ever to address gender equality worldwide when considering the…

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The religious persecution of Bahá’is in Iran has escalated in recent years, resulting in increased arrests, seizure of property and other efforts to curb the freedoms of Iran’s largest non-Muslim religious minority. In response, Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR] has introduced the resolution S.Res.183 in the U.S. Senate denouncing Iran’s actions and its transgressions against international human rights policies. Religious Persecution of Bahá’is in Iran The Bahá’i community has been a significant target of persecution in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, after which Shia Islam became the official state religion. As a result, more than 200 members of the Bahá’i…

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TACOMA, Washington — On April 28, 2021, Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX] proposed bill S.1417, which will mainly serve to establish a reconstruction fund for Venezuela. This comes to help the country recover from the extreme poverty and humanitarian issues it has been facing. The bill is nicknamed the Preserving Accountability for National Assets Act of 2021 (PANA Act). If it passes, the bill will allow U.S. funds to provide aid to Venezuela, support Venezuelan civilians’ rights and combat humanitarian issues. Currently, the bill is with the Committee on Foreign Relations. A Breakdown of The PANA Act The PANA Act would…

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PLANO, Texas — British citizens are eager for life to go back to what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, statistics indicate that long before the pandemic came about, food insecurity was a growing issue in the U.K. The Bennett Institute for Public Policy Cambridge finds that close to one in four adults in the U.K. experienced food insecurity in 2017. Those affected by food insecurity often turn to food banks for assistance. However, food banks are widely stigmatized. Furthermore, although food bank assistance may fulfill some immediate needs for the impoverished, it can also “undermine peoples’ rights, entitlements…

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DALLAS, Texas — Consistent cases of COVID-19 have hit the country of South Africa hard since the pandemic’s beginning. Between January 2020 and early August 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed more than 2 million cases and 62,171 deaths. New cases have occurred regularly with a daily average of 36,141 new cases flaring up between June 28, 2021 and July 4, 2021. In spite of the 3 million vaccinations that South Africans have received, there remain many issues regarding the distribution and spread of available and new COVID-19 vaccines in South Africa. The Situation Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines in South…

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