Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 1 2014 The UNDP [United Nations Development Programme] states that development can be inclusive - and reduce poverty - only if all groups of people contribute to creating opportunities, share the benefits of development, and participate in decision-making (UNDP, n.d). This assumes that the interests of all groups converge and there is no trade-off between the growth of the privileged groups and the marginalised - on the basis of race, caste, class, ethnicity, religion, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Progressio's Policy Officer, Lizzette Robleto-Gonzalez (left side of the photo) comments on the role religious leaders can play to make progress towards equality, posted March 17 2014:
Progressio’s Policy Officer, Malou Schueller, reflects on the absence of men at the world’s biggest conference on women’s rights, posted March 17 2014:
I am in New York, attending the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Commission sits every year and is the main global intergovernmental body that is exclusively tasked with shaping global standards on gender equality and women's empowerment.
Author Manuel Manrique Castro, originally in El Mundo de Medellín, Colombia, March 12, 2014, cross-posted on March 14 2014, translation by Cynthia Selde: It seems so very long ago when, in October of 1997, ten million Colombians showed up en masse to vote for El Mandato Ciudadano por la Paz (the Citizens’ Mandate for Peace). Seventeen years later, the young voters who cast their ballots last Sunday are looking forward to - although not without a touch of skepticism - the presidential election that is coming up at the end of May.
Authors Navin Vasudev and Neal McKenna, March 12 2014: Homosexuality is a criminal offence in most African countries where rights-based organisations such as Oxfam, ActionAid and CARE operate. In these countries, the consequences for being a sexual minority (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersex - LGBTI) range from ridicule and blackmail to jail time without legal recourse, rape, torture and death. Methods of killing run the gamut from beating, stoning and hanging to crushing, decapitation and immolation - being burned alive.
Progressio's Policy Assistant, Fatima Haase, recently arrived in New York at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58 - the 58th session) to lobby for greater political participation for women living in fragile states. She describes her first impressions and hopes that the conference will create an inclusive environment where the voices of women living in fragile states, such as Haiti, Yemen, Zimbabwe and Somaliland can be heard.
Author Jawahir Habib, March 8 2014: "My husband hit me in the morning, he was asking for money," said a Lady Health Worker (LHW), Nadia, in Kili Shabo area of Quetta (South-west of Pakistan). "I have not received my polio immunization days payments for past four campaigns, my husband thinks I go out of house for some other purpose," she added with tears in her eyes.
Posted for International Women's Day 2014, Saturday, March 8, from Ranjani K. Murtha, originally posted online March 2011 , cross-posted March 6 2014: Thanks to UN agencies, INGOs and several NGOs, I had the opportunity to visit rural areas and urban towns of a gender developing countries as a 'gender or social development' expert.
Nevertheless, the experiences of poor women point to several lessons learned which call for relooking at the monoculture in feminism with the collapse of the Soviet Block.
Author Rana Tassawar Ali, March 6 2014: In Pakistan, an estimated 100,000 people suffer from HIV/AIDS, and the number of new HIV/AIDS cases is increasing. In Pakistan, where society is mostly governed by conservatives, people create hurdles for changing minds. In this scenario, our society has only few anti-HIV/AIDS agent ORWs (outreach workers) - these are the real change agents. The ORWs provide services to affected clients, and they regularly travel to different spots for providing harm reduction services.
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