Youth leaders— 15 strong— gathered at the UNFPA offices in Kampala to share their recommendations on priorities for inclusion in the updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Representatives of a wide range of interests from those of the Uganda Young Positives, to the National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda to a teenage mother, the youth largely agreed on a need for the Global Strategy to focus on inclusivity – with a concerted effort to include the most vulnerable. Read more...
March 31st, 2015
By: Joanna Hoffman; originally posted on Peace is Loud
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda on the Power of Girls to Drive Progress, Male Responsibility, and the Future of Development
At this year’s 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), delegates and advocates from around the world convened at the United Nations to review progress made and challenges remaining since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women. Twenty years after attending the Beijing conference, Peace is Loud speaker and World WYCA General Secretary Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda provides an inspiring, bold call to action to allocate sufficient resources to women, end child marriage, hold men accountable, and acknowledge the ways girls and young women are already changing the world. Read more...
March 31st, 2015
By: Sara Pellegrom, Women Deliver
Violence against women is prevalent in Kenya. According to government data from 2008-2009, nearly half of Kenyan who have ever been married have been physically abused by husbands. The same survey showed that over half of women believe that men have the right to beat their wives.
Ujamaa Africa, whose mission is to promote health, personal security and economic empowerment for vulnerable women and children, is trying to change this. The organization is currently running a program called Your Moment of Truth, a project to end violence against girls and women in slums in Nairobi by encouraging adolescent boys to take action. Read more...
March 24th, 2015
By Lauren Himiak, Women Deliver
What will the world look like for girls and women in 2030? More importantly, what do we want it to look like? This year, government officials, policymakers, and advocacy organizations not only looked ahead during the 59th session on the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in NYC, from March 9th – 20th, but looked back to see how far we have come sincethe 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, where governments pledged to advance and promote equality, development, and peace for all women in the world. As the UN works to finalize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), announced next September, CSW59 was the perfect platform for civils society groups and advocacy organizations to come together to ensure that the issues that girls and women face globally are heard, understood and most importantly, prioritized in the SDGs. Read more...
March 24th, 2015
Originally posted by Family Planning 2020
Niger, Tanzania, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Marie Stopes International join the 18-member governing body for FP2020.
Washington, DC (March 23, 2015) – Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), the global partnership dedicated to improving access to family planning information, services, and supplies, today announced its latest cohort of Reference Group members, who include newly added countries Niger and Tanzania. Members will convene for the first time in April in New Delhi, India. Read more...