Author: Juliet Le Breton, September 30 2015 - As a seasoned aid worker, it really worries me that many policy-makers imply that if we can just get girls to complete school, they can break out of poverty.
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Author: Linda Raftree, September 9 2015 - I had the chance to share some thoughts at UNESCO's recent Mobile Learning Week. My presentation explored some myths about girls empowerment and mobile learning and offered suggestions of things to think about when designing and implementing programs.
Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, September 30 2015 - The high number of defilements and teen pregnancies in rural Zambia is a cause for concern and requires concerted efforts to resolve.
The Penal Code (Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia) defines defilement as unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl-child below the age of 16 years. Sadly, defilement is rampant in Zambia.
Author: Nadia Rojas, September 6 2015 - In Colombia, in 2015, "ediles" ([In Colombia] representatives to the Local Administrator), mayors, governors, councilors and deputies will be elected. These elections are of great importance due to the possibility of an agreement in Havana [a peace agreement under negotiation between the government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)], as they determine the configuration of the local authorities that become decisive in electoral contests for coveted positions in the future.
Author: Amina Kato, September 2 2015 - If radio programme Ya Take ne Arewa (What’s Happening Up North) was a person, she’d be a caring Kaka, ‘grandmother’ in Hausa.
She wants every pregnant mother and baby in Nigeria to be alive, safe and healthy. She wants families to communicate and support each other in the care of children - because she believes the business of bringing up a child is everybody’s business.
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Author: Ankita Sukheja, September 6 2015 - There’s palpable excitement as government officials and health experts gather in a hospital hall in Uttar Pradesh to welcome a very special guest. There's chatter about a certain Daktrani ('lady doctor' in Hindi) and a new mobile phone health service.
Author: Trish Doherty, August 12 2015 - In a country where only one in ten girls complete primary education, Trish Doherty looks at how a BBC Media Action radio programme is helping more girls stay in school in South Sudan.
Author: Sok Phalyka, August 12 2015 - In celebration of International Youth Day, Sok Phalyka looks at how BBC Media Action’s new radio programme in Cambodia is helping improve young people’s job prospects.
Author: Becky Palmstrom, August 10 2015 - In the light of recent floods in Myanmar, also known as Burma, Becky Palmstrom reflects on how the country has strengthened its preparations and response to natural disasters since 2008’s Cyclone Nargis.
Back in 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck the Myanmar coast late one afternoon tearing across the low lying Ayeryarwaddy delta with winds of 215 kilometres an hour.
Author: Bhuwan Timilsina, August 3 2015 - I was alone on the ground floor of the new house I was constructing when I felt the earth shake beneath me. Instinct took hold and I was out into the open in a flash. Only then did I realise that we’d been hit by an earthquake.