Author: Owen Nyaka, December 1 2014 - What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear.
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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, November 26 2014 - As a radio presenter here in Sierra Leone, I'm certainly not used to being asked for my own views live on air. It’s normally me who asks all the tough questions. So imagine my surprise when I was asked to make a "pledge" regarding the Ebola crisis just as we were coming to the end of a lively two hour Ebola special programme in Freetown. For those who don’t know, a pledge means talking about one’s own death and that is strictly taboo in this country.
Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, November 26 2014 - This article is not about religion itself. Instead, it is about those who say "If you have faith, you don’t need to take your pills". It is also about why this kills people, specifically those living with HIV and those needing to take antiretroviral (ARV) medication every day. To make it worse, this is sometimes followed by claims of having 'cured' HIV using the evidence of an HIV-negative Rapid Test.
Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 26 2014 - Watta Satta is a traditional type of marriage that is a part of our culture in Pakistan from centuries of history. Watta Satta is a simultaneous marriage of a brother-sister pair from one family to a sister-brother pair in another family. The tradition literally means ‘give and take' or 'throwing a stone and receiving something back’. In Pakistan, a largely conservative society of 158 million inhabitants, the woman’s dowry is often an immense financial burden for families.
Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe children, and Colombia is not exempt from these still-pending responsibilities.
Author: Robert Steinglass, November 19 2014 - A man walks into a hospital. Finding the floors dirty, he demands to see the in-charge, who protests: “Impossible, sir, we’ve hired three sweepers.”
Of course, we instantly recognize the absurdity; and yet such an unbalanced focus on inputs - or stuff - frequently dominates our thinking as to the challenges standing in the way of healthy outcomes.
Author: Caroline Nursey, November 19 2014 - On first sight, Freetown seems little changed from my last visit four years ago - the same rich colours, smiling faces and warm welcomes.
And there are signs of continued recovery from the war and increased prosperity from rapid economic growth - 10% last year - to be seen in newly tarmacked roads, refurbished shops and new buildings.
Author: Sara Chamberlain, November 17 2014 - I’m exhausted, on the verge of illness and other members of BBC Media Action’s India office are also very, very tired - but - we’re all excited!
Why? Because in the last month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has delivered maternal and child health mobile phone content developed by BBC Media Action to more than 260,000 families.
Are men the problem or construction of dominant masculinities? Musings at the time of the international symposium on MenEngageSubmitted by Ranjani.K.Murthy on November 14, 2014 - 2:30pm
Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, November 14 2014 - As I write this blog, the international symposium of MenEngage "Engaging with men and masculinities for development, gender equality and social justice in a globalizing world" is taking place in New Delhi, India (November 10th to 14th, 2014).
Author: Caroline Nursey, November 14 2014 - When I told them that I was planning a brief visit to Sierra Leone, reactions from family and friends ranged from "You can't!" to hailing me a hero. In reality my visit entailed nothing at all dangerous - time in the office with our team of international and Sierra Leonean staff, visits to government offices and local radio stations, and a stay in a comfortable Freetown hotel. Yet our fear of this terrible disease makes it difficult for even an informed audience to judge what the risk actually is.