Author: Maleeha Syed

Maleeha writes for The Borgen Project from San Antonio, Texas. Her academic interests include Journalism, human rights and social justice, business and public policy. Maleeha has also been an active officer for an Amnesty International chapter for the past two years. She hopes this will prepare her for a future in reporting on the stories she is fascinated by, which deal with humanitarian struggles and how the political sphere either helps or hinders people.

VICTORIA — Human rights in Seychelles fluctuate between the good and the bad. On many fronts, the country reaches higher than others in preventing and addressing human rights violations. A 2016 report on human rights in Seychelles found a number of successes. Employment discrimination does not typically happen (though the report does address some issues regarding those who are not able-bodied). The administration in Seychelles enforces relevant legislation encompassing religion, political views, race, citizenship, language and social status. Punitive measures for discrimination involve fines and the nation treats women equally in the workplace Women live in a fairly matriarchal environment,…

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PORT VILA — Situated between Australia and Fiji, Vanuatu is a magnificent 80-island archipelago with a rich history and culture. The most common diseases in Vanuatu could potentially pose many difficulties for its community. The following data offers statistics about the country itself and its relative position to others.  For example, although its mortality rate ranks higher than the specific counterparts mentioned earlier, it still falls below Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The life expectancy reached 72 years and the annual rate of death averages at 1,457 per 100,000 people. Cardiovascular diseases rank the highest out of deadly non-communicable…

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FREETOWN — At one time, the Human Development Index classified Sierra Leone as the world’s most poor nation (according to Rural Poverty Portal). Although it currently is not considered to be in as relatively as bad a state, it is still important to consider the nation’s economic history so as to answer questions such as why is Sierra Leone poor in the first place? The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) breaks down the statistics for the country, highlighting that its poverty rate is slightly over half of the people living in Sierra Leone. Furthermore, it also points out that the per capita income for…

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SEATTLE — The issue of how hunger is reduced seems almost impenetrable. If it could be solved, why are people still starving, especially now with global advancements in technology and coordinated efforts between nations? Though nations work hard to meet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in fighting global hunger, they still face impediments in ending it altogether. Determining the best methods of how hunger is reduced must take into account conditions that can be difficult to control. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published an article in 2015 commending global hunger reductions in relation to MDGs. However,…

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HANOI — Efforts to address hunger in Vietnam continue to make progress, and the country still pushes the boundaries even further with a variety of programs and partnerships. Vietnam is widely noted for the advancement it made throughout the past few decades in terms of economic growth, as well as its progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) described the country’s ascent to middle-income status in such a short period of time as a “development success story,” crediting reforms that occurred during the mid-eighties in the nation. According to statistics for 2010-2012, the country only…

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DODOMA, Tanzania — The United States plays a powerful role in addressing the dominance of HIV and AIDS globally, with Tanzania serving as a prime example. The news site allAfrica wrote a piece on U.S assistance to address HIV in Tanzania, and the subsequent result of the establishment of a new clinic that offers methadone. The article talked about a variety of other problems addressed, tested and/or treated by the clinic, including cervical cancer, substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. allAfrica highlighted that the clinic is “a gift to Tanzanians from Americans” and “financially supported by the U.S. Department of Defense-Walter Reed…

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LUSAKA — Technological advancements continue to flourish around the world in a multitude of sectors and nations, and eSchool 360 in Zambia is no exception. The first students to test out the tablets in 2011 fell into the grade one category, which contained lessons for the entire term. Reshma Patel—executive director for eSchool 360’s implementing agency, The Impact Network—talked about its origins. Patel explained that one of the creators worked with the Peace Corps in the village where eSchool 360 in Zambia launched. After submitting an application for grant money that would build a school, the focus on that region…

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PANAMA CITY — Panama’s status as upper-middle income gives it a distinct advantage over many other nations that receive aid from the United States. However, issues like drug trafficking and dangers to its environment still threaten the country’s livelihood. When considering how to help people in Panama, it is important to note that there are a variety of organizations dedicated to this goal. The Nature Conservancy has a number of opportunities for people to get involved, including donations, volunteering and gaining membership to the organization. Its website notes the vibrant environment Panama has to offer while simultaneously addressing concerns like…

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ALGIERS — From HIV treatment to domestic violence, human rights in Algeria are not fully accessible, as is the case for many countries around the world. However, major improvements in humanitarian efforts are taking place in this nation to address these particular issues. Poverty Level One aspect to highlight when reviewing a nation’s human rights is its poverty level. As a basic standard of living is frequently regarded as a fundamental human right, limited access to livable conditions, food or other important necessities can severely harm a nation. Inequality between its citizens and the potential for poverty lingers in Algeria. In…

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SOUTH AFRICA — The rate of death among mothers and their children remains a severe issue that threatens numerous countries. South Africa’s National Department of Health publicly launched MomConnect in 2014 to address the prevalence of this problem. South Africa’s MomConnect gives helpful information to women who are pregnant and raising children. The accessibility of the platform stands out, as women gain the knowledge they need through messages sent to their phones. The platform sends weekly texts so women know what is happening in their pregnancy, as well as their baby’s development. In addition, specific methods to better their child’s…

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