UN WOMEN – Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012-2013 Annual report cover photo © Chris de Bode/Panos Pictures The Annual Report documents UN Women’s work to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality around the world. It highlights some of the organization’s initiatives during the year and provides summary financial statements, a list of new programmes and projects, and contact information. PDF version: English Order Printed/Published Version Languages Available: English Bibliographic Information Subject … [Read more...]

Italy donates $1.9 million for women and youth in Kenya and South Sudan

Project to support access to market for marginalized farmers June 2013, Rome - Poor women and youth in marginalized areas of Kenya and South Sudan will gain improved access to markets for their agricultural produce, under a new project agreement. The $1.9 million project falls under a broader FAO-Italy programme of food security through commercialization of agriculture, in Eastern Africa, West Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. The project represents one of the major areas of … [Read more...]

UN food agency heads call for hunger eradication by 2025

Food security to be at center of Africa development agenda June 2013, Yokohama, Japan - The three heads of the Rome-based United Nations agencies today called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the centre of the international agenda for African development. Special attention should be given to supporting smallholder farmers to improve global food security and empowering rural women, addressing gender inequalities and enabling them to transform their own lives and the lives of … [Read more...]

Poverty end has been moved to 2030, with rise before the fall!

Over a billion people worldwide live on less than $1.25 a day. But that number is falling. This has given credence to the idea that extreme poverty can be eliminated in a generation. A new study by Brookings researchers examines the prospects for ending extreme poverty by 2030 and the factors that will determine progress toward this goal. Below are some of the key findings: 1. We are at a unique point in history where there are more people in the world living right around the $1.25 … [Read more...]

Lao RDR celebrating strategies seen through Women’s Eyes!

Women perspectives on Pro-Rural Poor Public and Private Partnership in Lao PDR. Best practices and successful strategies in Attapeu Province seen through women’s eyes. Hosted by the IFAD – Rural Livelihood Improvement Programme (RLIP), the second edition of the 5-days Learning Route on Pro-Rural Poor Public and Private Partnership started yesterday the 6th of May in Lao PDR. As small streams coming from 5 different provinces from Southern Laos (Champasak, Salavan, Attapeu, Savanakeli, … [Read more...]

Andes Woman, Professor Luz Gomez Pando is Taking Action

For centuries, quinoa and amaranth have been cultivated in the High Andes of Peru. These highly nutritious cereals were even consumed by the Incas. Today, demand for these products is on the increase in places like North America, Japan and in European countries. Plant breeder, Professor Luz Gomez Pando, is trying to develop new varieties of quinoa and amaranth that have a higher yield and are more nutritious. She is using a nuclear technique in her work, which uses radiation to … [Read more...]

LIGHT IS BASIC PROJECT – Initiative of YAWI in Kenya & South Sudan

YOUNG AFRICA WOMEN INITIATIVE YOUNG AFRICA WOMEN INITIATIVE (YAWI) provides women survivors of war, civil strife, Gender based violence and young women in distress with tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies changing Africa woman one at a time. Light is basic is an initiative of YAWI. The project is to provide rural women in Kenya and South Sudan with solar lanterns to light their homes. Most … [Read more...]

Nicaragua – Women who managed to produce their own food

Women who managed to produce their own food On her first visit to Nicaragua, WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met a group of women who managed to produce their own food, generate income and even open bank accounts for the first time in their lives. Cousin asked the women about their husbands’ feelings in regards to the women’s roles in a male-led community. MANAGUA. The Russian-built Mi 171 helicopter landed softly in a field of the Apantillo community, some 200 kilometers … [Read more...]

Pakistan’s most vulnerable, especially women and children

The Government of Pakistan is committed to improving its global health index and we are dedicated to ensure that Pakistan’s most vulnerable, especially women and children, get vitamins and minerals they need to survive and thrive, said Mr. Muhammad Ayub, Senior Chief, Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan. (..) Mr. Carl Paulson, Head of Programmes from World Food Programmes in his remarks, assured that the WFP would continue to support the people of Pakistan for elimination … [Read more...]

Palestinian Women use traditional embroidery to escape poverty

Women use traditional Palestinian embroidery to escape poverty March 2012 Beit Surik, West Bank One of several villages trapped between the separation Barrier to the east and the border with Israel to the west, Beit Surik is a small village overlooked from all directions by illegal Israeli settlements. Before the Barrier’s construction, people and trade flowed freely across these borders. Today, permits and checkpoints make employment in either Israel or the West Bank nearly impossible for … [Read more...]

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