Stories written by Melanie Haider

Attacks on Human Rights Defenders Cast Wide Shadow

A chair stood empty at the launch here Monday of a report on the repression of human rights defenders, a physical reminder that its would-be occupant - Ales Bialiatski, president of Human Rights Centre Viasna in Belarus – has been languishing in prison since August.

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro receives death threats on a regular basis. Credit: Melanie Haider/IPS

MEXICO: Women Reject Normalisation of Gender Violence

Ninety percent of the non-governmental organisations in Mexico are founded and run by women, says journalist and women's rights activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, even as crimes against women remain cloaked in impunity.

Give Women the Seeds and They Can Feed the World

If women farmers were given more tools and resources, the number of hungry people in the world could be slashed by 100 to 150 million.