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...]

Brazil joins Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking

May 2013 - Brazil is the latest country to join the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking, with singer Ivete Sangalo appointed as a national UNODC Goodwill Ambassador and face of the campaign. There are millions of victims of human trafficking across the globe. The campaign aims to mobilize Brazilian society against this crime. The launch was marked at a ceremony in the Brazilian Ministry of Justice yesterday, 9 May 2013, and counting with the presence of UNODC's Executive Director … [Read more...]

Latin and Caribbean Women chart New Global Development Agenda

Latin American and Caribbean Women chart their priorities for the New Global Development Agenda “A seed, a new era that will chart new pathways for women,” said Ana Laynes, indigenous leader and Mayor of Nebaj, Huehuetenango, a municipality in the highlands of western Guatemala, as she performed a Mayan ritual to open the Post-2015 Consultation with Indigenous Women in Guatemala, on 8 April. Initiation of a Mayan ceremony, led by Ana Laynes, indigenous leader and Mayor of Nebaj, … [Read more...]

Paraguay, Kuña Pyrenda celebrates, “introducing the feminine element into the political debate.”

Business magnate Horacio Cartes won Paraguay's presidential election on Sunday, returning his powerful center-right Colorado Party to power after the left's brief spell ended in impeachment last year. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed peaceful general elections in Paraguay that attracted wide participation, reiterating the United Nations’ willingness to work with the newly elected authorities and people in the South American country. General elections were held in Paraguay on 21 … [Read more...]

Afro Peruvian Women – Remarkable!

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Lima organized a presentation of the essay "Black Woman, slave resistance" by Zelmira Aguilar to commemorate the International Day Remembering Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Zelmira Aguilar cited the black woman as leading the fight to liberate mid-nineteenth century slaves. During her investigations, she uncovered achievements of black women during the time of slavery that were almost unimaginable, such as the reduction of working hours during … [Read more...]

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards – Women in Science – 2013

15th Annual L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards - Women in Science - 2013 Each year, five outstanding women scientists – one per continent – are honored for the contributions of their research, the strength of their commitments and their impact on society. The Awards jury was chaired by Professor Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Linus Pauling Chair Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology. The research of the 2013 Laureates … [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...]

‘Reincarnation’ as a pseudoscientific study, Ian Stevenson

REINCARNATION is Real or Not - Does it really matter?   Reincarnation research is a branch of parapsychology. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, from the University of Virginia, investigated many reports of young children who claimed to remember a past life. He conducted more than 2,500 case studies over a period of 40 years and published twelve books, including: 1] Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation and 2] Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. Stevenson retired in … [Read more...]

Michelle Bachelet stepping down as UN Women’s chief

United Nations: UN Women's chief Michelle Bachelet has decided to step down, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued at United Nations. "Michelle Bachelet has informed me of her intention to step down as executive director of UN Women," Ban said in the statement issued by his spokesman. Bachelet, a former Chilean president, is the first UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, which was established on July 2, 2010 by the UN General … [Read more...]

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