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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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Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2017 - Sexual and reproductive health refers to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, in all matters relating to the sexuality and reproductive system/ processes. Reproductive and sexual rights pertain to right to make informed decisions concerning reproduction, relations/marriage and sexuality free of discrimination, coercion and violence.  

A review of SDGs suggests that targets on universal access to SRHR (within SDG 3 and SDG 5), eliminating violence against women and girls in public and private spheres,  eliminate harmful practices such as early and forced marriages,  reducing maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births (SDG 3) and achieving internationally agreed targets to address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women (SDG 2) have been included. 

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The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hilina Assefa and Lois Aspinall, originally published on May 17 2017 - How we view our role and relationships within our communities shapes how we behave – with important consequences for development. When widespread, these views constitute ‘social norms’, which people tend to follow because they believe that others do and because they think it’s expected of them. Media Action’s programmes aim to challenge social norms that can lead to people risking their health and reinforce those that support people to make healthier choices.

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Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change

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Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, May 23 2017 - Pakistan still lags behind in its coverage of climate change issues. We are too focused on extremism and governance issues, which take up a lot of our attention, resources and time. While the media in regional countries like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have a good understanding of global climate change negotiations and are well aware of climate change and its impact on their countries. As a vulnerable country, we have to see what we need to do; we also need programmes to bring this about in schools and colleges. We have to prepare the younger generation for the world that they are going to inherit.

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Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening

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Author: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR] Robert Glasser, originally published on  May 12 2017 - This past March, Peru was hit by devastating floods. Media reports led with death tolls and declarations of states of emergency. People volunteered their help on Facebook and offered refuge in their homes to those seeking shelter on Airbnb.

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Democracy with winning candidate - Feudal in Pakistan

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Author: Sahib Khan, May 10 2017 - For the first time, the second-elected Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government in Pakistan is completing its constitutional tenure in Pakistan, and the next elections are expected to be held in mid-2018. Earlier, the elected Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led government made history by completing its first constitutional tenure in Pakistan from 2008 to 2013. The PML-N and the PPP are two major parties in Pakistan, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as 3rd political party in elections of 2013.
 
As days of elections are coming nearer, every party is making its strategy to win the elections and form the government. The winning strategy being adopted by every party planning to participate in upcoming elections is to assimilate winning “horses” (candidates) in different provinces, especially rural areas of Pakistan.
 

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3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day

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Author:  BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, originally posted on May 5 2017 - Given the troubling global backdrop, World Press Freedom Day arguably needed a name change in 2017. Marked annually by a gathering organised by UNESCO, this year's 'celebration' in Jakarta may not have been particularly joyous, but it was certainly more important than ever.

Reflecting on the conversations and debates held in Indonesia, I’ve arrived at three reasons to be worried and three grounds for optimism. I’ll start off gloomy and end on a more upbeat note.

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Whither the shelterless in SDGs?

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 3 2017 - What is adequate housing?

The International Covenant on Economic and Social Cultural Rights, 1996 guarantees  every person the rights to adequate food, to adequate housing, to education, to health, to social security, to take part in cultural life, to water and sanitation, and to work.   A later document of the UN elaborates on what is adequate shelter, which is discussed below. 

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Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally posted on April 27 2017 - Following the launch of BBC Media Action's Global Health Stories site, Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi explains how influencing mothers-in-law and husbands can help improve the health of mothers and their babies. 

Over 800 women die every day because of complications caused by pregnancy or giving birth. Almost all of these women live in the Global South. And most could be saved through simple precautions, like going for regular antenatal check-ups.

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The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct earthquake-hit villages in Nepal.

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Author: Subash Karki, originally posted on April 24 2017 - Sharada’s village in Nepal was destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake in April 2015. In the aftermath she helped her neighbours rebuild their shattered homes and - with the help of a radio programme – went on to become one of a small number of professional female masons in the country.

When a major earthquake struck parts of central Nepal in April 2015, nearly all the houses in Sharada Dunawar’s village in Kavrepalanchowk were reduced to rubble. It was a terrifying experience. Her house had collapsed around her – crushing her belongings – and she had no other place to go. To ‘make sense’ of the disaster, the 24-year-old began helping her community rebuild their homes by helping clear wreckage and building temporary shelters.

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