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.
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 … Continue reading HIV/AIDS is Gender-based Violence
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 … Continue reading Women on the Front Lines of Peace and Security
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 … Continue reading Women Human Rights Defenders
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 … Continue reading When Women Lead
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 … Continue reading Denying Health Care is Violence
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 … Continue reading Community Leadership to Halt Gender-based Violence
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 … Continue reading Halting Gender-based Violence is Job #1
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. https://youtu.be/MCBZy1C215k
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.