Less than 1,000 Days to achieve the MDGs – Take Action!

With 1,000 Days to achieve the MDGs, efforts have to accelerate action and scale up what works – with contributions from Governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector. Focusing on reducing inequalities on many fronts – such as improving food security, maternal health, water and sanitation, rural development, environmental sustainability and responses to climate change – is critical at this juncture. Evidence shows that Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment … [Read more...]

UN Women, the Future thereof …

The Future of UN Women Speech delivered by UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet at the New York City Bar Association, 21 June 2011. Good evening. It is a great pleasure to be here this evening and to have the opportunity to speak to you about the vision and goals of UN Women, and how we see the challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s rights and gender equality in countries worldwide. First let me say I think this is an exciting time for women … [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...]

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