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Driving Gender in India’s Public Transport Policy

Riya wakes before dawn. She has to if she wants to make it to work on time from her small home on the outskirts of the city. She prepares breakfast and gets her children up and dressed. She leaves for work after taking a detour to drop her children off at school.

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‘Gender Heroes’ Take Action on Chemicals and Waste

On the morning of the 4 May 2015, the silence of the Centre International de Conférences was broken by almost 1,200 participants from 171 countries amassing near the shores of Lake Geneva. The previously quiet auditoria, chambers and halls transformed into bustling hives of activity for the 11-day Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions (BRS), the three leading multilateral environmental agreements on chemicals and waste management.

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Women Take the Lead in Rwanda’s First ‘Green Village’

Like many children from her village in the hills of northern Rwanda, 15-year-old Sandrine would regularly accompany her mother to collect firewood and water. Hauling the loads for up to three hours at a time meant that Sandrine had little time for anything else. Due to this arduous undertaking, Sandrine’s mother laments, many children in the village could no longer attend school. Firewood collection also had a negative impact on the land, causing fertile soil to be washed away during heavy rains, resulting in lower agricultural productivity and food security.

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Tackling Pollution in Rural Georgia

Untreated human excrement, animal waste and chemical fertilizer seep into the land and permeate the water system. Raw sewage flows into the river and is carried downstream to the highly polluted Black Sea. People fall ill and the natural environment deteriorates.

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Women, Wadis and Peace in Darfur

The Darfur region of Sudan is no stranger to conflict. For over a decade, cycles of violence have driven over 2 million people from their homes and villages and into internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps near towns.

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Something’s cooking in the Afghan mountains

Bamiyan province in Afghanistan can be an inhospitable place. Wedged between the Hindu Kush and Koh-e-Baba mountain ranges, temperatures can plummet to below -20°C (-4°F) during the long Afghan winter. With no electricity, gas or water infrastructure to support them, people must be very resilient to survive in this rugged place.

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