ILO and EU-Presidency welcome moves to ensure decent work for domestic workers

Labour and social affair ministers from ten countries, the President of the EU Council, Richard Bruton, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, and ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, discuss ways to support ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. GENEVA - An informal meeting of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs took place alongside the 102nd International Labour Conference in Geneva. At this meeting, jointly organized by the ILO and … [Read more...]

Bolivia, microloans lift thousands of women from poverty

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMILLA PROGRAMME TEND TO A SWEET-ONION HARVEST. (PHOTO: UNDP BOLIVIA/BOLIVIA PRODUCE) Linet Claros Yevara, a resident of Mizque, a municipality in Bolivia with an 85 percent rate of extreme poverty rate, has seen her situation improve a lot lately. “My family eats better," she says. "Every day I give them fruit.” These improvements are thanks to the Semilla, or Seed, programme, a microcredit and skills-development programme financed by the Government of Spain (through … [Read more...]

Indigenous Women in Latin America must Take Action!

May 2013 – Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today. Intercultural Citizenship – Contributions from the political participation of indigenous peoples in Latin America, released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), cites several factors that have helped boost the political participation of indigenous peoples … [Read more...]

LaPaz – BOLIVIA, Rural Women are Taking Action!

This month, I was on a design mission for ASAP-ACCESOS programme in Bolivia, and I got the chance to participate in a meeting of rural women that the IFAD country office organized in La Paz on March 15th, in collaboration with FAO, WFP, UNIDO, UN-WOMEN and PRAIA. The objective of the one-day event was to share, disseminate and replicate successful experiences of Bolivian women. Almost 80 participants came to present their managerial experiences that resulted in economic returns, to describe … [Read more...]

BOLIVIA, enacts the first law with Equal Status for Mother Earth

  Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights, with equal status for Mother Earth   Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation   Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new … [Read more...]

Women in Bolivia – Demands Heard,and Their Presence Felt

Rural Women in Bolivia Make Their Demands Heard, and Their Presence Felt   They work around the clock, searching for firewood at dawn, lighting the morning fire, fetching water, growing and preparing food, caring for children and other family members — along with the endless other tasks and chores that keep a household running. Yet although these functioning households lie at the heart of Bolivian society, the contribution of rural women to the economy remains largely … [Read more...]

BOLIVIA: Communal Banks extend credit, Empower Women

Communal banks extend credit, empower women and build equity in rural Bolivia Communal banks extend credit, empower women and build equity in rural Bolivia POCOATA, Bolivia, 23 May 2011 – It takes money to make money. Just ask Pilar Rueda, 38, a Quechua mother of two from this remote rural town in the Bolivian department of Potosí. She and much of her community have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty through ‘Bancos Comunales’ – Communal Banks – an innovative project developed by … [Read more...]

BOLIVIA is Taking Action for Women Business Leaders!

BOLIVIA is Taking Action! WOMEN as Business Leaders is the New Goal Bolivian women face many challenges including discrimination and exclusion. They are also vulnerable to drug traffickers because they are desperate for work. The landlocked country is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America despite being rich in natural resources. A new project is being launched in Bolivia this month by the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC that will give women … [Read more...]

WFP – Celebrate The Good News On Malnutrition!

    The Good News On Malnutrition There’s plenty of bad news about malnutrition, starting with the fact that one in three children in the developing world suffers from chronic undernutrition and is stunted as a result. But there is good news too.     ROME--Here are five reasons to be optimistic about our chances of winning the battle against child undernutrition:   1. We have the science There’s no lack of knowledge nowadays. We know that if you can ensure babies are nourished properly in … [Read more...]

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