The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Development (ILO-WED) programme has been empowering women entrepreneurs in developing countries and supporting them in starting and growing their businesses since the mid-2000s. The programme works with service providers promoting entrepreneurship development (financial, non-financial, public, private, associative, freelance etc.) and builds their capacity to better support women entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. It also works towards creating a … [Read more...]

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, MAY 23

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2015 On 23 May 2015, the United Nations, Member States, partners of the Campaign to End Fistula and others around the globe will mark the annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The Latin word fistula (UK /ˈfɪstjʊlə/ or US /ˈfɪstʃələ/ or /ˈfɪʃtʃələ/, plural fistulas /-ləz/ or fistulae /-li/ or /-laɪ/) literally means tube or pipe. In medicine, a fistula is an abnormal connection between two hollow spaces (technically, two … [Read more...]

Celebrating International Day of the Midwife 2013 – May 5

International Day of the Midwife 2013 The growing success of the International Day of the Midwife continues in 2013 with the new, interactive website and social media pages as powerful platforms to campaign globally to highlight the important role midwives play in the health of mothers and children. What will be happening on IDM 2013? We are posting blogs on our website about midwives and their role in family planning and we will also have guest blogs from partner organizations. We are … [Read more...]

Positive Change and Progress in the Status of Women

  THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE WORLD TODAY     Since the early days of the Industrial Revolution, women in Europe and North America have made considerable progress towards equality with men, although much remains still to be done. Of course, the industrialization of Western countries at first had not improved the status of women, but had degraded them even further by exploiting them and their children in factories as cheap labor. In the preceding relatively prosperous … [Read more...]

Honduras: Women Run a Nursery, Learn About Climate Change

Doña Esperanza waters some of the 28 species of plantlets grown in El Pacifico Nursery. (Copyright: WFP/Hetze Tosta) Single Honduran mothers receive assistance from the Honduran authorities and the WFP to maintain this nursery that they have as a result to generate the economic resources to maintain their families and protect the environment. “We are pleased with this project because it will improve the lives of our families and communities,” says Neptali Amador, Marcovia City Council … [Read more...]

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security

Cooperatives: Empowering women farmers, improving food security Rural cooperatives and farmers’ organizations play a crucial role in the eradication of hunger and poverty. One of the ways they achieve this is through their vocation to empower small agricultural producers, and in particular women farmers. Empowering women farmers improves food security for all Women comprise on average 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries and produce the bulk of the world’s food … [Read more...]

Women, family planning summit mobilized an unprecedented $2.6 billion

According to Richard Kollodge, the Editor of the report launched on Wednesday, there are many barriers to accessing family planning, not only in developing countries, but throughout the world. Mr. Kollodge says that new statistics that came out earlier this year show that 222 million women in developing countries would like to use family planning but have no access to it. "So that's one of the reasons why UNFPA has focused on family planning for this year's report. Another big reason … [Read more...]

UN Women Events: LDC IV, Istanbul, TURKEY, MAY 9-12

UN Women Events at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV), Istanbul, Turkey, 9-13 May 2011 | Events | Exclude from Frontpage | Media Advisories The newly established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) will be co-hosting several events at the LDC IV Conference in Istanbul. The events will highlight the contribution of women, particularly rural women, in the least developed countries, and … [Read more...]

Top 30 medicines to save mothers and children

     WHO's first ever list of priority medicines for maternal and child health recommends to countries which medicines are most important for saving lives. Access to appropriate medicines is vital to  achieving global health goals1.     More than eight million children under the age of five still die every year from causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria. An estimated 1 000 women die every day due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occur in … [Read more...]

PMO(Canada) – Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day

  Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination   March 21, 2011 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: “On this day in 1960, police in Sharpeville, South Africa shot into an unarmed crowd and killed 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators, generating international alarm which led to the creation of this day. “Events … [Read more...]

ADELE BUTLER – Women of Spirit: Know Your Rights!

      KNOW YOUR RIGHTS !   Years ago I was asked by Equality Now to write a letter to His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda regarding the Land Act. It seems that even though a woman’s right to property is protected under the Ugandan law, in rural areas this is abused , ignored or overlooked. The letter was written to urge His Excellency to publicly support and ensure the swift passage of the co-ownership amendment to the Land Act which would prevent women like Mariam Kabeere … [Read more...]

IFAD: Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance – Taking Action to support Women!

      Corporate-level evaluation on IFAD’s performance with regard to ...   'Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment'.       Taking Action to support Women New evaluation on gender equality and women's empowerment in IFAD's projects points the way to further progress   Rome, February 2011 – An evaluation of projects and activities undertaken by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found that, while there is room for improvement, the agency has made significant … [Read more...]

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