Population Pressures : Newsfile

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  • 50 million missing Indian girls

    6 December 2005

    In recent years, the world has been shocked by the Taliban's ruthless suppression of women in Afghanistan, the practice of female genital mutilation in parts of Africa and the abuse of female domestic labour in places like Saudi Arabia. Yet it is the world's largest democracy that is the undeclared winner in the contest of violence against women, say Swami Agnivesh, Rama Mani and Angelika Kster-Lossack writing in the International Herald Tribune.

  • China's gender imbalance still growing

    18 November 2005

    China, where 119 boys are born for every 100 girls and by 2020 40 million men may live as frustrated bachelors, has yet to curb its worsening gender imbalance.

  • Population growth 'greater threat than AIDS'

    1 November 2005

    Africa's growing population could pose more of a threat to reducing poverty on the continent than HIV/AIDS, say researchers, writing in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet.

  • World Bank ready to help slow Philippines' population

    17 October 2005

    The World Bank has announced that it is willing to support programmes that would help reduce the population growth rate of the Philippines. The move follows government reluctance to fund the purchase of contraceptives and a downturn in US funding for that purpose.

  • Bush denies UNFPA grant for fourth year

    28 September 2005

    For the fourth year in a row, US President Bush has refused to contribute to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), providing 25 million dollars of the 34 million dollars that Congress had earmarked for the agency to the child survival and health account of the US.Agency for International Development (USAID). Jim Lobe of the Inter Press Service (IPS) reports.

  • Space atlas reveals a wounded planet

    6 June 2005

    The dramatic and, in some cases, damaging environmental changes sweeping planet Earth are brought into sharp focus in a new atlas launched to mark World Environment Day ( June 5).

  • 'Population sidelined' in Millennium Goals

    28 April 2005

    Population increases have been sidelined by international institutions that aim to reduce hunger and poverty, according to a report by Professor Anthony Young of the University of East Anglia.

  • Birth incentives for Indian girls

    14 March 2005

    In a controversial effort to reverse the dramatic drop in the number of girl babies, as compared to boys, the south Indian state of Andrha Pradesh plans to provide financial incentives to couples who have a single female child.

  • Population growing faster than expected says UN

    28 February 2005

    New United Nations projections of the world's population show that the number of people in the world is now expected to rise by 2.6 billion, from today's 6.5 billion to 9.1 billion in 2050. This is 200 million more than the previous 2002 projection of 8.9 billion in 2050.

  • Turkey invests in girls' education

    22 February 2005

    The Turkish government is paying families to "encourage" them to send their daughters to school, as part of its efforts to bring the number of girls in education into line with European standards. More than half of Turkey's young female population has no schooling, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).