12:59 07/09/2010
School girls, The Gambia

More female teachers needed in rural areas

I often go to parliamentary events but the last event I went to was something special to me. It was hosted by the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education for All to mark World Teachers’ Day. VSO’s two new Valuing Teachers research reports that highlight the issues… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
A grandmother and her grandsons in Venda, South Africa

Learnings from the UN High Level Meeting in New York

I was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (Northern Uganda) when I was a young girl. When I managed to escape and return home after two and a half years, it was discovered I was HIV positive.  That time, there were no free ARVs [antiretroviral drugs] and being HIV positive was like a death… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
A woman in Bangladesh

And the winner is…

When the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) finally gets down to nominating a goodwill ambassador, it seems to me that Stephen O’Brien,  the UK Minister for the Department for International Development, would be a good candidate. I say this because in an answer he gave on HIV/AIDS in the House of… Read more »


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