Gender equality

12:59 07/09/2010
Louise Jenkins is a VSO volunteer working with women's rights organisations in Tanzania

Sisters are doing it for themselves: VSO volunteer turns up the volume for women in Tanzania

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 meetingRead more »

12:59 07/09/2010
VSO Cambodia's The Spirits of Change storybook cover

Using creativity to promote gender equality in schools in Cambodia

VSO volunteer, Edwin Zuidema education management adviser in Mondolkiri province, Cambodia, blogs about his work to promote gender equality.

Many children in Cambodia can’t go to school because of their gender or because they have to work to support their families. A part of my volunteer placement is to help raise awareness… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010

Tackling a care-less development agenda

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 »


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