Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The 16 Days Campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Read more...
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November 25th, 2013
December 3rd, 2013
By: Lynn ElHarake, Council on Foreign Relations; Originally posted by Council on Foreign Relations
Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Lynn ElHarake, research associate for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Here she discusses how motherhood in childhood undermines economic growth, health, gender equality, and development.
Last month, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) published a report on the tragic consequences of unplanned adolescent pregnancies around the world. The report, Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, begins with a sober introduction by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. He writes, “When a girl becomes pregnant, her present and future change radically, and rarely for the better. Her education may end, her job prospects evaporate, and her vulnerabilities to poverty, exclusion and dependency multiply.” Read more...
December 2nd, 2013
By: Rati Bishnoi, Program Manager, Catapult
The following is a 90-day progress report on PATH’s “Banking breast milk for babies" project, which was fully funded on Catapult earlier this year.
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that works to transforms global health through innovation. By taking an entrepreneurial approach, PATH develops and deliver high-impact, low-cost solutions to people and communities in 70 countries. This summer—through a fundraising campaign on Catapult.org—PATH was able to raise fund $50,000 to support a lifesaving low-cost intervention to save newborn babies using mobile phones and donated breast milk. Read more...
November 27th, 2013
By: Hazvinei Mwanaka, Key Correspondents
World AIDS Day is December 1st
Ester Lorence lives deep in rural Zimbabwe and when she was diagnosed with HIV she knew little about the disease. This story is not uncommon as many young women not only struggle to negotiate safer sex but often don’t even realise the risks they are taking. Read more...
November 25th, 2013
By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver
Obstetric fistula is preventable, treatable and far too common. Estimated to affect more than 2 million girls and woman globally, up to 90% of fistulas are treatable with surgery. Yet somewhere between diagnosis and recovery, women experience staggering stigma, and many are even shunned by members of their community. The Uganda Fistula Stories series is working to combat this by reminding fistula survivors that they are not alone. By hearing stories from other women who have undergone successful fistula repair surgery, women are given hope for a fistula-free future. Read more...