Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 10 2017 - The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, economy, sexual & reproductive justice, and violence against women. Yet it is 100 years since the first International Women’s Day (1917) was celebrated. The key question is what is the international community is going to do to promote gender equality that is different, apart from devoting a SDG to the same (SDG 5) and integrating gender equality into few others - like end poverty, end hunger, ensure healthy lives and ensure equitable education?
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Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017 - The 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.
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.