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How can religious leaders support progress for women?

Lizzette Robleto-Gonzalez speaking at a side event at CSW58

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:

It's about time men got concerned about women's rights

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.

Years ago they voted for peace

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.

We Must Prevent a Modern Day Holocaust

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.

Commission of the Status of Women 2014: Access for all?

Marie-Ange Marcelin, single mother to 5 daughters in Haiti (Progressio 2014)

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. 

Female Polio Workers: Their battle against the virus, taboos and poverty

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.

Feminism from the lens of those living under 2 dollars per day

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.

Anti HIV AIDS Agents

Rana Tassawar Ali

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.

Goodbye to a rigorous and socially relevant public intellectual

Authors: Thomas Tufte and Anders Høg Hansen, February 24 2014:       A grand old man of British cultural studies, Stuart Hall, died 10 February 2014, 82 years old, a man who - among many other things - contributed to developing a critical line of thinking which has been highly influential within communication for development.

Life skills for children and young people

Rana Tassawar Ali

Author Rana Tassawar Ali, March 14 2014:          Life skills are the abilities that help us to adopt and behave positively so that we can deal effectively with challenges of every day. Life skill education refers to a large group of psychosocial and interpersonal skills which can help people make informed decisions, communicate effectively and develop coping and self-management skills that may help them lead a healthy and productive life.

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This BBC Media Action programme provides vulnerable communities with information on emergency services and advice on living amidst disaster and working towards recovery. It is a two-way communication programme, also aiming to give affected people "the opportunity to voice their concerns, express their needs, share their stories and hold...

"MediCapt is a mobile application, under development by the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), to help clinicians more effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes."

Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

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Experiences

This BBC Media Action programme provides vulnerable communities with information on emergency services and advice on living amidst disaster and working towards recovery. It is a two-way communication programme, also aiming to give affected people "the opportunity to voice their concerns, express their needs, share their stories and hold...

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"Yoga Fusion explores the benefits at social level of individual paths of self awareness and recognition of 'the other' as an individual facing similar challenges as human being with a similar body, and similar but different limitations and traumas."

BBC Media Action

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Gender Justice Video Advocacy Project

With a plan to create documentaries on woman's justice issues through local participation of partnering organisations, this video advocacy initiative was launched in 2010 by the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice and WITNESS. The project is producing six gender justice films highlighting sexual and gender-based violence and other gender...

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This BBC Media Action programme provides vulnerable communities with information on emergency services and advice on living amidst disaster and working towards recovery. It is a two-way communication programme, also aiming to give affected people "the opportunity to voice their concerns, express their needs, share their stories and hold...

"MediCapt is a mobile application, under development by the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), to help clinicians more effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes."

Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

This handbook from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) for journalists, citizens, and activists takes a look at how Syria could deal with issues of transitional justice when it emerges from the current period of conflict and instability. It has an accompanying video available below, on the IWPR website, and on YouTube. The handbook...

Author: Ismael Saadat, June 11 2014 - "Sir, I have a request. As a future president of Afghanistan, please make sure we are no longer killed for political reasons. Let us die our natural deaths.”

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

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"MediCapt is a mobile application, under development by the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), to help clinicians more effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes."

This handbook from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) for journalists, citizens, and activists takes a look at how Syria could deal with issues of transitional justice when it emerges from the current period of conflict and instability. It has an accompanying video available below, on the IWPR website, and on YouTube. The handbook...

"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

These guidelines from the United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding are intended to provide guidance to UN agencies, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in increasing youth engagement in conflict prevention.

The document recommends multiple...

Arab Spatial, originally launched in 2013, now features an upgraded version and a country-level tool, Iraq Spatial. The tool compiles, synthesises, and geographically displays data on more than 200 indicators of food security and development.

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Sangor

Search for Common Ground published this novel based upon its radio drama, also called "Sangor," which airs in the Maithili language on 20 FM stations in the eastern part of Nepal.  The idea of the pair of media presentations is to inspire young people to take leadership in supporting the country's peace process and transition to democracy...

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Digital

"MediCapt is a mobile application, under development by the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), to help clinicians more effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes."

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

This handbook from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) for journalists, citizens, and activists takes a look at how Syria could deal with issues of transitional justice when it emerges from the current period of conflict and instability. It has an accompanying video available below, on the IWPR website, and on YouTube. The handbook...

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Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

This guide is part of WITNESS’ Video for Change how-to series on filming safely, effectively, and ethically. It’s based on the best practices established over 20 years of training and supporting human rights activists in 90 countries to use video. This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers,...

BBC Media Action

Author: Karen Wespieser, October 29 2013      If you mention Tunisia to most people in the UK, they'd probably think of two very different things: the country which sparked the Arab Spring after protests in December 2010 and a holiday destination for those eager for winter sun. On my visit to the country...

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Film and Video

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

This guide is part of WITNESS’ Video for Change how-to series on filming safely, effectively, and ethically. It’s based on the best practices established over 20 years of training and supporting human rights activists in 90 countries to use video. This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers,...

Gender Justice Video Advocacy Project

With a plan to create documentaries on woman's justice issues through local participation of partnering organisations, this video advocacy initiative was launched in 2010 by the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice and WITNESS. The project is producing six gender justice films highlighting sexual and gender-based violence and other gender...

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Strategic Thinking

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

"'In the beginning people felt afraid. They started to ask us who we are,' says Muhammed, a local volunteer working to immunise children against polio in Syria's Al-Hasakah governate, where heavy fighting has taken place. 'I have taken the vaccine myself in front of the families, just to show them it is safe.'"

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

These guidelines from the United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding are intended to provide guidance to UN agencies, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in increasing youth engagement in conflict prevention.

The document recommends multiple...

"Polio eradication will only be achieved with stronger health systems and bottom-up community engagement, which is likely to require more time and more investment than is currently available in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan because of their political fragility."

"Development targets should involve not just access to education, healthcare, clean water and other vital services, but also access to justice."

Libyan Youth Movement's Identity

"This study’s authors used critical discourse analysis to empirically assess the identity of the Libyan Youth Movement [LYM] using 45 images posted on the group's Facebook page during the opening weeks of the Libyan revolution of 2011."

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Experiences

This BBC Media Action programme provides vulnerable communities with information on emergency services and advice on living amidst disaster and working towards recovery. It is a two-way communication programme, also aiming to give affected people "the opportunity to voice their concerns, express their needs, share their stories and hold...

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a radio service consisting of a quad bike with a speaker attached to it, which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians...

"Yoga Fusion explores the benefits at social level of individual paths of self awareness and recognition of 'the other' as an individual facing similar challenges as human being with a similar body, and similar but different limitations and traumas."

BBC Media Action

From the document Exploring Governance in Afghanistan: "BBC Media Action, with funding from DFID [Department for International Development, United Kingdom (UK)], is working in...

In February 2012, a REACH team was deployed to South Sudan in order to support aid actors responding to the ongoing refugee influx in Blue Nile state. REACH’s initial focus has been on conducting assessments and producing maps to facilitate humanitarian planning and coordination in Jamam refugee camp, Maban County. To date, over 20 maps have...

Gender Justice Video Advocacy Project

With a plan to create documentaries on woman's justice issues through local participation of partnering organisations, this video advocacy initiative was launched in 2010 by the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice and WITNESS. The project is producing six gender justice films highlighting sexual and gender-based violence and other gender...

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South Asia

"The past 18 months have seen the emergence of a powerful platform to collect and analyze social data, and the birth and subsequent growth of a network of skilled community mobilizers who contribute contextual evidence about the feelings, opinions and other variables responsible for many of the same children being repeatedly missed."...

The Media of Afghanistan

"The media of Afghanistan, like all other sections of Afghanistan society, is undergoing transition. This briefing examines what transition might mean for a sector that has the potential to shape Afghan opinion and hold government to account but now faces considerable uncertainty."

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