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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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Can gender transformative evaluation frameworks be used for monitoring SDG 5?

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Authors: Ranjani K.

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As Zimbabwe prepares for elections, the media must lead from the front

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Author: Vusumuzi Sifile, April 24 2018 - As Zimbabwe readies for harmonised Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections in a few months’ time, the media in and outside the country needs to position itself to be a platform for through which citizens can ensure the credibility of the elections.

 

This year’s elections will be historic in many aspects. This will be the first time since 2002 that the presidential ballot paper will not have the faces of Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The elections will also be the first to be done using a new voters’ roll developed using the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) technology. As it stands, there is a very strong possibility that the elections will also feature a record number of political parties and independents. So far, more than 120 parties are registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), and have expressed interest to deploy candidates for different positions.

 

Can basic income contribute towards SDG 5 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment?

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 17 2018* - The basic income movement has a long history. As used now, a basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. Basic income is thus universal, individual, unconditional and periodical payment (Basic Income Earth Network - BIEN, n.d.)   Posing an argument for basic income, Shoemaker observes that wage labour (one could add capital) cannot and should not be the only reason for membership within our society. There are care giving and volunteer jobs which contribute to society.  Arguments of freedom (to pursue paths one chooses), justice and poverty reduction are placed by advocates of Basic Income (Shoemaker, n.d.).  According to Davala, basic income should be seen as an entitlement to national public wealth.** 

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Silent refusals and distrust of vaccines is a big challenge for vaccination teams

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Author: Abdul Salam Afridi, March 23 2018: After the fake immunization campaign in a failed attempt to get Osama bin Laden's DNA lineages prior to his assassination in 2011, the efforts of polio eradication in northwestern Pakistan, the last major reservoir of polio across the globe, seems still stagnated due to gaining mistrust over different vaccines despite huge aid and official investment spending over different campaign programs, human resource and logistics etc.

The immunization coverage rate before and after Osama bin Laden's assassination clearly shows difference in rate of immunization coverage, but as numbers of population increase each year the number of exact refusal is hard to identify. However detail investigations fond some interesting case studies which define each of the type of vaccines refusal.

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Inclusive Engagement Essential for Real Benefits from Genetic Resources: South African Stakeholders Re-echo

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Author: James Ayodele, April 24 2018 - Benefits from genetic resources belong to everyone and only an inclusive engagement, with all stakeholders working closely together, can assure real benefits and sustainable management of the resources.

Stakeholders at the national inception workshop in South Africa for the project “Strengthening Human Resources, Legal Frameworks and Institutional Capacities to Implement the Nagoya Protocol” (UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project) have re-echoed the need for all stakeholders to work together for real access to benefits from the use of genetic resources.

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Facing the Elephant in the Room: Sexual harassment holding women down

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Author: Lilian Saka Kiefer, April 17 2018 - I recently attended a meeting on empowering women for leadership in politics and in public administration. The meeting provided a platform to reflect on various factors that stand in the way of women from advancing into positions of influence.

 

The issue of sexual harassment came up as an obstacle that must be addressed in order to encourage more women to take up the leadership challenge. In stimulating dialogue, a question was asked: Has anyone who is in this room ever been sexually harassed at work? Has anyone ever experienced sexual harassment? Please raise your hand…

 

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Cultura y empresa, sinergias en favor de la sociedad (I)

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B.

Durante el III Foro Cultura y Empresa, se destacó el valor de la narración y de las historias como estrategias de comunicación, engagement y reputación corporativa. En el evento, realizado esta semana en Madrid, Pedro Antonio García, co-fundador de Actúa Empresa, organizadora del evento, presentó los resultados de la Encuesta Cultura & Empresa, que recoge los principales aspectos sobre la percepción de la colaboración entre estas dos áreas.

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Women and gaming, much territory to conquer

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Author: Author: Soraya Carvajal B., February 28 2018 - The sector of video games and eSports is growing and gaining players and audiences worldwide, but both in Spain and in the international context, the participation of women in the development and consumption of electronic games continues to face barriers that make them invisible and limit its link with the technology sector.

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Mujeres y gaming, mucho terreno por conquistar

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado el 28 de febrero 2018El sector de los videojuegos y los eSports está creciendo y ganando jugadores y audiencias a nivel mundial, pero tanto en España como en el contexto internacional, la participación de las mujeres en el desarrollo y consumo de juegos electrónicos sigue enfrentando barreras que las invisibilizan y limitan su vinculación con el sector tecnológico.

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