Jamaica is Taking Action to stop Human Trafficking!

Jamaica reiterates its fight against human trafficking   The Government of Jamaica accords the highest level of political commitment to the fight against human trafficking and unequivocally denounces the scourge of Trafficking in Persons. Ms. Crystall Powell-Britton told the High-level meeting on the Appraisal of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons that Jamaica reaffirms its determination to prevent and combat trafficking in persons, protect and assist victims, … [Read more...]

Herb Sosa – MAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of a truly awakened male energy, a man that devotes his life to the betterment of others. Having served the public for over 20 years of Corporate and Not for Profit Leadership experience in areas of human rights providing leadership and support, targeting many facets including that of the lesbian-gay community.  Working diligently in the life of activism, this man has chaired, founded and continues to pay it forward as a … [Read more...]

Jamaica addresses violence against women

Violence against women is pervasive and harms not only women but their families and their communities. At a two-day forum at the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, UN officials, government representatives and other stakeholders discussed how to prevent it. Sandrea Falconer, Jamaica's Minister of Information with responsibility for gender affairs, told Gerry Adams that she is head of a specific committee addressing the problem. Sandrea Falconer - Violence - … [Read more...]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Celebrated Sept. 15 — Oct. 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Celebrated Sept. 15 — Oct. 15 In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 by Congress to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15 — Oct. 15), effective the following year. America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the … [Read more...]

Jamaica; frank discussion of sex, women’s socioeconomic realities needed to address HIV

Jamaica’s national response to HIV needs to better address the challenges faced by vulnerable persons, according to Sannia Sutherland, the Director of Prevention for Jamaica’s National HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infection Programme. Here she highlights how the socioeconomic impact of higher unemployment levels among women can disproportionately affect their ability to practice safer sex. Sannia says many must choose between buying food for their family or buying a condom. Watch the full … [Read more...]

BAHAMAS Reports ‘Steady Progress’ in Improving Situation of Women

Bahamas Reports ‘Steady Progress’ in Improving Situation of Women in Appearance before Anti-Discrimination Committee Expert Members Express Concern about Absence of Special Temporary Measures   Despite high unemployment, rising crime and socio-economic woes arising from the global financial crisis and natural disasters, the Bahamas had steadily improved the lot of its women through a range of legal reforms, awareness-raising campaigns and action plans, members of the country’s … [Read more...]

UN Women Partners with One Day on Earth; Captures Gender Issues on Camera

  On 11 November 2011 (11-11-11), UN Women joins 20,000 filmmakers worldwide to capture the human experience in a 24-hour period. The collaborative effort — that brings together a number of UN agencies and non-profits — is part of the second annual One Day on Earth initiative aimed at forming a geo-tagged shared film archive that covers wide-ranging issues related to the Millennium Development Goals, from poverty to human rights. Joining One Day on Earth as a partner this year, UN … [Read more...]

YWCA – ‘An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade’

  Tackling Gender Inequality on Multiple Fronts: An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the World YWCA International Women’s Summit: Women Creating a Safer World, Geneva, 12 July 2011. It is a great pleasure to be here today and address this important gathering and join some of the world’s most ardent and articulate defenders of the human rights of women and girls. I want in particular to thank World … [Read more...]

YWCA – 'An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade'

  Tackling Gender Inequality on Multiple Fronts: An Agenda for Women and Girls for the Decade Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the World YWCA International Women’s Summit: Women Creating a Safer World, Geneva, 12 July 2011. It is a great pleasure to be here today and address this important gathering and join some of the world’s most ardent and articulate defenders of the human rights of women and girls. I want in particular to thank World … [Read more...]

PANAMA – 17 year old girl finds Hope at Movimiento Nueva Generación

A community centre inspires an adolescent girl to become an agent of change in Panama By Tamar Hahn PANAMA CITY, Panama, 5 May 2011 – Dalys Perez, 17, was seeking a positive influence in her life after her mother went to prison. Living in El Chorillo, a crime-ridden neighbourhood of Panama City, it was difficult to escape from violence. Then Dalys found her way to Movimiento Nueva Generación, a community-based organization that has changed her life.   VIDEO ONLINE ONLY … [Read more...]

PERU: IFAD Innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean

IFAD: Innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Case of Peru Day 1. Quequeña Getting together It was 6am when we left Lima and the salty breeze of the coast to fly towards Arequipa, over 2000 metres in the Southern Highlands of Peru. Here our journey begins, a one week Learning Route that will guide us through the rural areas of the Arequipa Department offering the opportunity to learn from the successful experiences supported by the SIERRA SUR … [Read more...]

Women’s Economic Empowerment in rural Uganda

    Jambo, the routero bus is coming!     A learning route is serious business. After 9 days on the road for the Learning Route on gender and rural microfinance in Uganda, I can assure you that this is not a piece of cake. The morning call or gentle knock on your doors comes as early as 5.45 on many days, breakfast is from 6.00-6.45. The bus leaves at 7.00 and if we not, we have a first meeting from 7.00 – 9.00 to analyze the case study from the day before. This is an early start after a short … [Read more...]

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