From PNG to SDGs: Raising women’s voices at the UN


From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the concrete jungle of Manhattan, Dutch VSO  volunteer Elles Blanken starts her series of blog posts about travelling to the UN this week to speak at the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Framework.

All of a sudden I find myself in the middle of the buzz of… Read more »

The simple reason you are richer than 493 million women

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At least one in ten people around the world cannot read or write. Of the 774 million illiterate adults, approximately two thirds are women. The vast majority of them are living in developing countries.

That means that if you have read this far, you are richer than close to… Read more »

Four lesser-known facts about fair trade

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Tea, cocoa and sugar are enjoyed every day by millions of people around the world – often with little thought given to their origins and the people working to produce them.

There are 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide.  Around 1.5 billion people live in households… Read more »


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