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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women Announces the 2011 Call for Proposals

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 16th grant cycle (2011) from government authorities, civil society organizations and networks — including non-governmental, women’s and community-based organizations and coalitions, and operational research institutions — and UN Country Teams (in partnership with governments and civil society organizations). Read more...  

World AIDS Day 2011: Funds Diminish, Epidemic Rages On

By: Joanna Hoffman, Special Projects Manager at Women Deliver

Today’s commemoration of World AIDS Day marks 30 years since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began, claiming nearly 30 million deaths around the world in the decades since. Progress towards averting deaths, through global partnerships and committed donors, has been heartening: close to 50% of those eligible for antiretroviral therapy now have access to lifesaving treatment, and new HIV infections have decreased by 21% since 1997. Overall, treatment has saved the lives of nearly 2.5 million people since 1995, bringing the world closer than ever before to UNAIDS’ goal of “getting to zero”- zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Read more...

16 Days Campaign Challenges MIlitarism And Violence Against Women

16Days.pngNew Brunswick, New Jersey -- On November 25, 2011, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) will launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Hundreds of events by organizations worldwide are planned to campaign against gender-based violence, which is experienced by up to 70% of women in their lifetime, according to the United Nations. It is estimated that worldwide, one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war, and malaria. Read more... 

Celebrate Solutions: Meeting the Reproductive Needs of Refugee Women

By: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern

Somali_Women.jpgIn 2008, while attempting to escape fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Fadhumo* fled the city with two of her seven children. After seeking shelter in the Bariga Bosasso refugee settlement, she was eventually reunited with her sister and remaining children.

Security was limited, however, and the then-pregnant Fadhumo was raped by two men. “I tried to fight them off but they were much stronger. They beat me viciously, breaking both my wrists. They raped me repeatedly without caring that I was pregnant,” Fadhumo told the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As a result of the rape, Fadhumo lost her unborn child and fell into a deep depression. Her ability to support herself or her other children diminished. Thankfully, Fadhumo is now rebuilding her life, has re-launched her grocery business and joined a support group for rape survivors. Read more...

Corporate Buzz: Soda Crates to Deliver Essential Health Products

coca_cola_boxes.jpgBy: Madeline Taskier, Strategic Partnerships Associate at Women Deliver 

Why is it that you can get a bottle of soda almost anywhere in the world, but not essential health products? Companies like Coca-Cola have mastered the art of shipping and logistics, reaching the most remote places in the world with their products. ColaLife, a non-profit enterprise, asked this same question and decided to leverage the power and efficiency of Coca-Cola’s distribution systems to bring simple health products to the hardest-to-reach communities.

The need for essential health products is great. Read more...

Mama: Using Text Messaging to Protect Maternal Health in Times of Crisis

Mama.GIFA new Facebook and SMS communications initiative, Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises, was launched today by the Women’s Refugee Commission. The project addresses an important information gap for maternal health workers in emergencies, as identified by WRC research. Approximately 25 per cent of women of reproductive age in any displaced population are likely to be pregnant at any given time--the stress of being displaced coupled with the lack of skilled care heightens the risk these women face. Read more...

Stay Tuned: Maternal Health on Primetime Television

Check out how Maternal Health is being featured in a variety of ways on television. BIRTHRIGHTS is a series of 8 half hour films about maternal health around the globe on Al Jazeera. NO WOMAN, NO CRY the documentary produced and directed by Christy Turlington Burns that follows the stories of women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States as they face critical junctures in their pregnancies, will have its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network in May. PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, a film that explores the long-term and often hidden effects of war on women and families, particularly those in traditional societies, will be broadcast on PBS Independent Lens through April. Finally, check out the maternal health challenge that is part of the ABC News Initiative Be the Change: Save a Life. Read more...

Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist for the New York Times, Released from Libya

By: Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach for Women Deliver

Lynsey_Addario_14.jpgWhen we announced our Women Deliver 100 list of the most inspiring people delivering for girls and women, we never imagined that just weeks later one of the honorees would be held captive in Libya. But that’s what happened to Lynsey Addario, a New York Times photojournalist, when she was captured and faced days of brutality in Libya.

Finally, this past Monday, The Libyan government freed Lynsey and three of her fellow New York Times journalists, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Survivors of Gender Violence Turn Pain into Power at the Congo’s City of Joy

By: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern cityofjoy.jpg

Sometimes called the most dangerous place in the world for women, the Democratic Republic of Congo last month was the location of an extraordinary display of hope and courage by survivors of sexual violence. On Feb. 4, the doors opened to the City of Joy—a revolutionary community for survivors of sexual violence and rape that offers Congolese women shelter from war and a safe space to heal, rebuild, and reclaim their lives and communities. Read more...

New UN Report: The State of World Population 2010

Effective peace-building requires women’s active participation, according to the The State of World Population 2010, published this past Wednesday by the United Nations Population Fund. The report’s release coincides with the anniversary of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325, a pivotal commitment to ending the abuse and marginalization of women in conflict and in peace-building initiatives.

 

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