A Fair Share of Public Resources (1/6/2019) - Many communities are denied a fair share of public resources. Here is the best resource to date on where countries stand on this key step for empowering local development.
All Human Beings (12/10/2018) - The final post in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: United Nations. On December 10, 1948 the newly established General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR). No nation voted against it, although a few, like Saudi Arabia, abstained. That means today is the…
Women Saving the Earth (12/9/2018) - Thirteenth in the series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: NASA December 7, 1972 – On the last Apollo mission to the moon, astronauts took a photo now known as the “Blue Marble” photo – very likely the most reproduced photo in history – the first ever “whole earth” photo. As a…
Women Fight Corruption (12/9/2018) - Fifteenth in our series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day. #UnitedAgainstCorruption. According to Transparency International, there are millions of courageous women fighting corruption worldwide. The United Nations reports that “Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion is stolen annually through corruption…
Is God a Feminist? (12/8/2018) - Fourteenth in my series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo – public domain – of the painting by Francisco Rizi. December 8 is observed by some Christians as the “Feast of the Immaculate Conception” and honors Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth. Mary plays a major role in both the Christian…
Guns make gender-based violence deadly. (12/6/2018) - Twelfth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo by by ZhengZhou of the sculpture “Non-Violence” by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN headquarters at New York City. December 6, 1989 was the Montreal massacre – a mass shooting at the École Polytechnique  specifically targeting feminists. Since then, December 6 has become a…
International Volunteer Day (12/4/2018) - December 5 is International Volunteer Day (IVD). In 2018, the theme for this day is “Volunteers build Resilient Communities,” recognizing volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. Women represent 57% of volunteers globally so this…
The Pill vs Gender-based Violence (12/4/2018) - Tenth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/araoraor December 4 – On this day in 1961, Britain’s National Health Service first made oral contraception available. Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and some other religious groups, a 2012 study by the Guttmacher Institute found that 99% of all women…
Halting Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities (12/3/2018) - Ninth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh December 3 is the International Day for People with Disabilities. According to the Minnesota website DisabilityJustice.org, “People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities.” The site reports that 83% of women…
Community Action to End Modern Slavery (12/3/2018) - Part 8 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: iStock.com/Favor of God December 2, 2018 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Modern-day slavery is appallingly widespread. According to the UN more than 40 million people are in forced labor, including 4.8 million in forced sexual exploitation. Women and girls are…
HIV/AIDS is Gender-based Violence (12/1/2018) - Part 7 for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence December 1, 2018 – World AIDS Day: In the 1980s, the first cases of AIDS were a shock to everyone. It took months for top researchers to understand it. In Africa, where the pandemic became most widespread, the campaign to halt the spread of HIV/AIDS…
Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security (11/30/2018) - Sixth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. Photo: UN Peace Keeping. Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh, leader of the Dahomey women’s regiment, drawn by Frederick Forbes, 1851 – Public Domain. Today, November 30, is Benin National Day. What does that have to do with Women, Peace and Security? Well – Benin’s history features the…
Women Human Rights Defenders (11/29/2018) - Fifth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence I am always deeply inspired by each of the heroic women and men who have served as United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights. The High Commissioner’s “To Do” list is horrific, dealing personally and skillfully with one brutal situation after another. (Many…
When Women Lead (11/28/2018) - Fourth in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence On this day in 1919, American-born Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor (Lady Astor) became the first woman elected to the British Parliament. Women gained the vote in the UK in 1918, and not until 1920 in the US. During this same period, India was…
Denying Health Care is Violence (11/27/2018) - Third in a series for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. Photo: The Hunger Project – women’s march at the Bissiga epicenter. There is a heartbreaking scene in Christy Turlington’s documentary No Woman, No Cry (2010) as a rural woman walks 12 miles to a birthing center, and is then turned away because she…
Community Leadership to Halt Gender-based Violence (11/26/2018) - November 26 – Second in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. How do women living in impoverished, deeply conservative rural communities fight gender-based violence, including child marriage? You can ask them! My organization, The Hunger Project, like many others, builds the capacity of women to be the key change agents for…
Halting Gender-based Violence is Job #1 (11/25/2018) - First in a series for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. November 25 is the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women. Photo: The Hunger Project-Bangladesh. Acid attack survivors speak out. Will we males ever stop abusing women? This issue is so fundamental to all other human progress that each of us needs…
System-based approach to Community Led Development (CLD) (10/31/2018) - Presentation at the October 31, 2018 global meeting of the Movement for Community-led Development presented by Ebele Achor, Interim Global Director Capacity Development at Pact.  
Sarvodaya Approach to Development (10/1/2018) - On September 21, 2018 Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne presented an in-depth look at the the philosophy and approach of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka – a pioneering organizations in community-led development that reaches 15,000 villages – 2/3 of all villages in the country.
UNGA 2018: Youth, Technology and Social Business (9/25/2018) - To achieve SDGs, it is critical that youth work actively into the pursuit of the goals. Youth of today tend to be more educated, technologically adept, and resilient to diseases that previous generations were not resilient to.