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August 18, 2017

Women, Faith and Human Rights

"Religious women advocates of the human rights agenda are rarely heard in global dialogues and negotiations, and when they are present, their voices and perspectives are often on the margins of these...

August 18, 2017

Social Cohesion Integration Diagnostics Tool (SCIDAT)

Part of Catholic Relief Services (CRS)'s suite of resources on social cohesion, this user's guide is a strategic tool designed to help senior management teams, programme officers, and managers better...

August 17, 2017

The Ties That Bind: Building Social Cohesion in Divided Communities

"Discussions involving social cohesion generally evoke thoughts about trust, tolerance, harmony, ties and networks."

August 17, 2017

Taking Action to Address Child Marriage: The Role of Different Sectors

Developed by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in collaboration with Girls Not Brides, this series of 10 briefs provides a short, accessible introduction to incorporating and...

August 16, 2017

Local Humanitarian Leadership and Religious Literacy

"In many societies, it is the religious leaders and actors who are the most powerful and respected members of the society, with tremendous access to, and sway over, their community members. Yet many...

August 16, 2017

Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation

"Online sexual abuse and exploitation is a growing global problem for girls and boys, many of whom suffer in silence at the hands of people closest to them in their homes and communities. Through...

August 16, 2017

Family Planning Advocacy Through Religious Leaders: A Guide for Faith Communities

This document guides the efforts of faith-based organisations (FBOs) to equip and encourage religious leaders to advocate for family planning (FP) with their governments, the media, and their own...

August 16, 2017

Vaccination Communication Strategies: What Have We Learned, and Lost, in 200 Years?

"Advocates for childhood vaccination need to employ greater pathos in their communication - simply stating 'these are the scientific facts...' is not, and never will be, enough."

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Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community health systems strengthening initiative

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Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017The elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a key priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Zambia, where gender-based violence (GBV) rates have been persistently high, the government is taking important steps to address the issue. Between 2014 to 2016 the Comic Relief-funded More Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia Programme (MORE MAMaZ) worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and district health management teams (DHMTs) in five districts to support the process of integrating a focus on GBV into the national Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) initiative, part of the government's safe motherhood policy response.

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Top five blogs of 2016

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of alternatives to counter-propaganda, tips for successful health communication and recommendations of both development films to watch and Twitter accounts to follow.

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Mother's milk

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Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns, just instinctively feeds them her milk. They should grow up healthy and intelligent as they suck out uncontaminated feeding in the form of pure mother milk which protects them from infectious diseases and ensures zero risk of stunting. Other mammals too follow the same practice of feeding their newborn ones. One wonders why, except for human beings, who in many cases don’t practice early initiation and exclusive mother milk feeding, almost all mammals instinctively practice natural biological and hormonal processes of early initiation and exclusively feed their babies with mother milk during infancy??

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Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group of female personalities and politicians.

Usually when I present the political debate show, Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a sea of faces look back from a packed studio floor, ready to ask tough questions of a panel of public figures and politicians.

This time, the studio was almost empty. Audience members in their tens of thousands were instead joining the debate on Facebook Live – while catching a lift to work, on their lunch break or relaxing at home.

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Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mukhtar Yadgar, Project Officer, Afghanistan, on December 15 2016 - Security threats against journalists and financial pressure are just two of the challenges facing local radio in Afghanistan. Mukhtar explains how training and information-sharing helped stations survive against the odds in 2016.

Take five very different radio stations from across Afghanistan, add an intensive schedule of training and mentoring then throw security challenges and an unstable political situation into the mix.

It has all the ingredients of a seriously challenging media development environment. But as the year comes to an end, I’m proud that the resilience and creativity of the people I’ve worked with has helped us overcome these obstacles and deliver change for the better.

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Film for development

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 15 2016 - Films in the international development sector are often associated with fundraising but they can also serve as a form of aid in themselves. Films can help mothers manage a pregnancy, assist refugees as they navigate life in an unfamiliar country and influence perceptions of what politicians can achieve.

The annual Golden Radiator Awards is a prime opportunity to learn about some of the more creative films the international development sector has produced over the previous 12 months. From the creators of the seasonal (and satirical) Radi-Aid app, these Awards laud charity fundraising films that go beyond stereotypes in their storytelling.  

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A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based violence. Yet despite early signs of promise, we need more evidence on how effective media programmes are at changing patterns and perceptions of violence against women and girls.

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Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 9 2016 - Just 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are women. And even fewer exist in languages other than English. BBC Media Action teams in Nepal, Afghanistan and India joined a global edit-a-thon to help change the record as part of the BBC 100 Women season. Here are a few of the inspiring stories they added.

Lhakpa Sherpa

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The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up

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Author: Dr. Sherri Bucher, December 13 2016 - Launched in August 2014, MomConnect, a stage-based text messaging platform which connects women in South Africa with targeted, evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and child health, recently reached 1 million subscribers. In just 2 years, MomConnect has evolved from a vision on paper to a vibrant digital health tool which educates mothers and families, empowers health care workers, improves health service delivery, and provides tools by which key metrics and indicators for maternal health are collected.

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Notre appel pour l'éducation parentale universelle

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De Eve Sullivan avec Jamesa Wagwau et Aya Isumi, 12 décembre 2016: Quand de jeunes enfants crient leur détresse, bien qu'il soit facile de dire qu'ils ont besoin de quelque chose, les parents ou les tuteurs peuvent ne pas reconnaître tout de suite de quel réconfort ou satisfaction l'enfant a besoin. Les enfants en âge d’aller à l’école font aussi connaître leurs besoins, habituellement avec des mots, bien que parfois ils le fassent en se plaignant ou en faisant des scènes. Les adolescents malheureux projettent leur détresse sur eux-mêmes: l’automutilation et la toxicomanie sont leurs cris silencieux. Des jeunes désespérés, même des enfants de dix ans, selon le U.S. National Runaway Safeline, se sentent comme au bord du précipice et quittent leur maison.

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