Stories written by Shari Nijman

When Environmental Crises Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

When Mandelena became a mother, she was only 16. During the prolonged dry season in Gwor County, South Sudan, her community saw crops failing and cattle dying. Children stopped going to school because of hunger and women and girls had to walk up to five hours every day to collect water.

After Rio+ 20, the Path Ahead

Two weeks after the United Nations conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro has left many lukewarm, activists, government representatives and U.N. officials are looking forward to setting new goals for the future.

Courtesy of Dickson Despommier

Q&A: The Future of Agriculture May Well Be in Cities

In the coming decades, the world's population is expected to grow by at least another two billion people, 80 percent of whom will live in cities by the year 2050.

Carlos Castresana Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Q&A: "We Are Changing the Situation of Impunity"

Since its establishment in late 2006, the Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG) has been doing groundbreaking work fighting corruption, impunity and human rights violations in Guatemala.

Christa Williams Credit: Courtesy of Christa Williams

Q&A: “Indigenous Women Are Growing in Numbers and Influence”

The Canadian province of British Columbia is home to more than 200 native communities, or First Nations, ranging from about 20 people to over 3,000. As their size and level of remoteness varies, so does their economic development.

June Oscar Credit: Shari Nijman/IPS

Q&A: How an Alcohol Ban Revived an Aboriginal Community

In 2007, a group of aboriginal women from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia decided that the only thing that could save their community from going under was to impose a complete ban on the sales of takeaway alcohol.