Stories written by Lynette Lee Corporal

MEDIA-ASIA: Proofreaders Going Extinct in Newsrooms

They were usually the first to arrive at work and the last to leave, and often took the blame for boo-boos in the following day's issue of the newspaper. Now the newsroom's unsung heroes, who engage in a daily deadline battle armed only with their sharp eye for detail and those squiggly proofreading marks, are facing a new kind of threat — extinction.

Q&A: Challenging Thai Men’s Misconceptions about Women

In what is considered a milestone in the fight against gender-based violence, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Philippines-based Coalition Against Trafficking in Women- Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) conducted the first ever all-male youth workshop on gender sensitivity in Thailand on May 9-10. Of those who applied for slots, 30 university students from Bangkok were selected to participate. CATW-AP executive director Jean Enriquez talks to IPS about the significance and impact of the workshop on changing the misconceptions of men about women and helping put a stop to violence against women.

Young Thai male participants at a UNIFEM workshop on gender-based violence Credit: UNIFEM

RIGHTS-THAILAND: Young Men Say No to Violence Vs Women

Like all forms of abuse, ending violence against women is as much men's fight as it is women's. It's a good thing some members of the opposite sex are taking on this challenge.

Condoms on banners at ICAAP. Credit: Johanna Son/IPS

HEALTH-ASIA: Where Are the Religious Leaders?

"Thank God for condoms!" Donald Messer of the U.S.-based Centre of Church and Global AIDS declared during one of the many sessions at an AIDS conference for the Asia-Pacific, which ended here Thursday.

RIGHTS-ASIA: Transgenders Assert Identity At AIDS Meet

"There has been so much confusion going around transgenders. We are not MSMs [men who have sex with men] and don't lump us under the transvestite [category either] because we have different needs," declared Kartini Slemeh at the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) here.

HEALTH-ASIA: Media Missing the HIV/AIDS Story

The scant presence of mainstream media organisations at the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) was a sad reflection of how the press was overlooking the big story on HIV/AIDS, say some journalists and development analysts at Asia's largest meeting on the pandemic.

ASIA: Stigma, Cash Crunch Undercut Gains in Access to HIV Treatment

The failure to reach the neediest, often the most stigmatised, people and the global financial crisis, loom as Asia-Pacific's biggest challenges in coping with HIV and AIDS at this point, despite the major headway it has made in expanding the number of people with access to treatment.

LABOUR-THAILAND: Meltdown Leaves Women in Dire Straits

"Please help me find a way to have some money for milk," pleaded Benjawan Marongthong, mother of two young boys and former worker in a garments factory.

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