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 »
Last month VSO’s Rachael Stokes and Makena Mwobobia attended the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Rachel’s comment on the session: “The underlying message appears to be that we simply cannot afford to wait” captures the spirit of our new position paper on Gender… Read more »
The first thing that strikes me about the 56th session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) is how strange it seems to be discussing the empowerment of rural women in the big urban metropolis that is New York, a city synonymous with wealth and power, skyscrapers and Starbucks.
The second… Read more »