From blogger Rana Tassawar Ali, May 30 2014 - Dekho Bolo Roko is a message, a message against child marriage. Pakistan faces an inherent social problem that is now a clinical or health problem. In Pakistan, according to a survey, more than 25 percent of girls marry before they reach 18 years of age. The marriages of child brides are common practices in rural and slum areas of Pakistan.
Author: Antonio Savoia, crossposted on May 29 2014 - Access to independent media as a development goal: can we measure it? This was the key question that emerged at the World Press Freedom Day 2014 conference held on 5-6 May in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters. Not the usual academic folk I am used to mingling with, but the theme was so interesting that even an economist would join in.
Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, May 29 2014 - In 1975, when the first International Women’s Year was declared, women were seen as victims of patriarchy. Patriarchy was seen as an ideology of male privilege perpetuated through social institutions like family, community, market, state and supra-state organisations. Men were seen as oppressors. Welfare, anti-poverty and (formal) equality oriented projects and programmes were initiated (Moser, 1989). Maternal and child health programme, subsidised micro credit programs and legislation on women’s inheritance rights emerged.
Author: Laura Smethurst, May 28 2014 - “Men know more about everything. They also understand [things] better. We women are very emotional and thus do not take practical decisions. They are also the ones who earn money by working tirelessly and understand the value of money.”
These words were spoken by a woman we met while conducting research to inform our programmes in Odisha, India.
Authors: Todd Summers and J. Stephen Morrison, May 28 2014 - In early January 2013, a dozen deans from America's premier public health schools wrote President Obama a letter protesting the CIA's use of a faked vaccination campaign in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, May 29 2014 - We want an AIDS-free Pakistan, and indeed everyone Pakistani wants an AIDS-free Pakistan. The HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which causes and leads to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), is an incurable disease. In Pakistan, an estimated one hundred thousand people are infected with HIV. AIDS is a deadly disease and a serious threat for Pakistan, where more than 60 percent of the population does not know what HIV/AIDS is, what causes it, and how it is spread in society.
Authors: Julie Pulerwitz and John Bongaarts, crossposted on May 27 2014 - The achievement of an AIDS-free future will surely be a priority discussion topic at the upcoming International AIDS Society conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly timed general briefing of the context of the camp. We were accompanied by one of the 11 local C4D staff, Aping Kuluel, who has been working alongside Education, Protection and other programme colleagues in Mingkaman to support behaviour change and peacebuilding efforts.
Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Last month, traveling on roads punctuated by armed soldiers, I attended a workshop on Conflict Sensitive Programming and Peacebuilding Message Development in Juba coordinated by the UNICEF South Sudan Communication for Development (C4D) and Education Sections, together with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Author: Evan Krueger, May 19 2014 - In 2012, the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior (CDB) teamed up with Epicentro, an independent, nonprofit organization in Lima, Peru that works to improve the lives of the city’s gay men through community building and by providing physical and mental health services. The CDB developed an HIV and stigma reduction intervention study, in which clients from Epicentro participated in a program through Facebook that not only teaches facts and skills surrounding HIV, but also allows participants to interact with each other and with study leaders.
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