Giving Girls in Uganda an Equal Chance

“I want to be a nurse.” This comment was made in response to my age old question of, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I’ve asked this question to children in the United States, but this time I was in Uganda, speaking with a 14-year-old girl, Malacondia, who attends St. Luke’s Primary School in the northern part of Uganda, near the border with South Sudan. The school educates children from Uganda as well as refugees from South Sudan, displaced by the horrific unrest there. Not … [Read more...]

Tracking gender statistics in pursuit of SDG 5

To deepen the understanding of the different challenges women and men face in today’s world, statisticians use disaggregated data and gender statistics to allow for a unique insight into gender issues. The 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, organized by UN DESA’s Statistics Division and Statistics Finland, focused on data and statistical methods for the follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was an opportunity to take stock of progress towards the … [Read more...]

Seven Sisters Wine Rises To Top Of Industry Out Of Poverty

Many people think wine is intimidating. Amateur sommeliers often speak at length about each aspect of the wine, from the look and color to the aroma to how the taste plays about the tongue. The entire wine experience can be prohibitively pretentious. That's why it is so exciting to see someone like Vivian Kleynhans dominate in the wine industry. Vivian recounts her early days entering the wine industry in 2003. She confides that she had absolutely no clue what she was doing or what she was … [Read more...]

Disarmament Week, OCT 24-30

The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. The annual UN observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of … [Read more...]

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages New York/Lilongwe—On the eve of International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson today visited Malawi to shine a global spotlight on the need to end child marriage. She met with traditional chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having marriages annulled. In 2015, Malawi passed the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act, raising the minimum age of marriage … [Read more...]

GIFT of $5 graduates one Student, Give Today!

Alliance Vision Educational Center has over 200 children/Students registered in our Sponsorship program serving locations in Kenya. Alliance Vision Educational Center was initiated in January 2007 and registered in October 13th 2008. Our humble organization's ongoing project is a focused non-formal urban school that provides an education for the marginalized and disenfranchised children who live in the slum neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya. The word 'alliance' means to come together for the … [Read more...]

A world on the move: Refugees and Migrants

For a world on the move: The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants The world is on the move, and the number of international migrants today is higher than ever before. In 2015, 244 million people lived in a country other than where they were born, including more than 20 million refugees and asylum-seekers escaping violence or persecution in their home countries. People have always moved in search of sustenance, safety and opportunity. By crossing borders and residing in other lands, … [Read more...]

WHAT IS MANDELA DAY?

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing … [Read more...]

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last year marked a watershed year for sustainable development. Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are expected to stimulate action over the upcoming years in areas of critical importance for people and the planet. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), meeting under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly, is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up … [Read more...]

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)

ANNOUNCING: Central African Republic (CAR) And Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) Fellows The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected 12 journalists from nine countries to participate as Fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. A group of six women journalists will report from Central African Republic July 15-25, 2016. Concurrently, six women journalists will report from the Democratic Republic of the Congo July 14-24, 2016. Both trips will explore stories … [Read more...]

World Refugee Day 2016, June 20

"Our responses to refugees must be grounded in our shared values of responsibility sharing, non-discrimination, and human rights and in international refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. People like you, people like me. To escape the violence, they leave everything behind – everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency … [Read more...]

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