Figures on domestic violence tell a sobering story. Domestic violence occurs in about 30 percent of China's 270 million families, says an All-China Women's Federation report. And more than 90 percent of the victims of disputes between couples are wives.
Complex problems can sometimes be solved with simple solutions. For maternal and child health, significant progress has been achieved in Viet Nam by providing weekly supplements of iron and folic acid, and in the Philippines by encouraging breastfeeding. In the process, both countries have taken a step closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, which calls for a two thirds reduction in under-5 mortality between 1990 and 2015, and MDG 5, which calls for a three quarters reduction in the maternal mortality ratio.
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15, 2010 (IPS) - At the start of this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted the 'International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act'. Women's rights groups are now urging the Congress's lower chamber to pass it before adjourning at the end of the year.
KHANH HOA — Viet Nam has achieved the best performance in Southeast Asia in eradicating the gender gap over the past 20 years, said Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at a seminar in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday.