At the turn of the millennium, world leaders agreed on eight anti-poverty goals with aims ranging from halving extreme poverty rates and halting the spread of HIV and AIDs to providing universal primary education. These Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have kick-started efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. Today, world leaders are meeting… Read more »
VSO volunteer, Edwin Zuidema education management adviser in Mondolkiri province, Cambodia, blogs about his work to promote gender equality.
The preoccupation with economic growth as the route out of poverty often means that the contribution of unpaid work – including work caring for others – to social and economic well-being remains a marginalised, if not absent, issue within development debates. That in turn neglects the stark fact that the majority of unpaid work around the… Read more »
Women’s participation in peace building has received growing international attention in recent years. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to not one but three women last year , the actions of women during the Arab Spring, and the passing of international resolutions such as UNSCR 1325 reflect a growing recognition… Read more »
Last week I attended the London Summit on Family Planning. It was encouraging to hear that donors pledged US$2.6 billion (with a further $2 billion dollars being committed by governments the developing countries) to improving family planning services. This funding recognises that women should have the right to choose whether, when and how many… Read more »
This week marks a significant anniversary as South Sudan celebrates its first year of independence.
However, there is also another anniversary taking place this week that is unlikely to receive as much attention but is arguably as momentous: the 30th anniversary of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.… Read more »