Women / Gender

Apr 15, 2021
A lifechanging Facebook post enables female youth to empower women to become financially independent Rama Rababah, 24 year, resides in Zarqa, northeast of the Capital. With a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Mental Health from the Hashemite University, Rama’s first encounter with volunteerism took place during her first field semester in college. Following her volunteering in several civil society organizations, local centers and youth initiatives, Rama felt inspired to design her own initiative to become financially independent. However, once the costs exceeded her capacity, Rama started looking for youth-oriented funding, which eventually brought her to the USAID YouthPower Facebook Group. After joining the group and mostly being a silent member in it, she decided to post about her... Read more
Mar 22, 2021
Paula Rudnicka, Sr. Technical advisor for Gender Integration, PCI, A Global Communities Partner It has been over a year since COVID-19 brought much of the world to a halt and exacerbated  the most pressing development challenges, including inadequate and unsustainable access to water. According to pre-pandemic estimates, more than 2 billion people around the globe were unable to access safely managed drinking water services and 3 billion lacked basic handwashing facilities. With global lockdowns, economic recession, and diverted public resources, the number of people experiencing water insecurity is expected to rise. This is particularly true for communities... Read more
Mar 18, 2021
SCORE worked in close collaboration with the Women’s Development Unit of the District Secretariat of Kandy to organize an exhibition showcasing the products of 20 women-led SMEs from all 20 District Secretariat Divisions in Kandy, at the District Secretariat premises on March 3, 2021. The exhibition was  in celebration of International Women’s Day,  under the theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” The event was the first In Kind Grant (IKG) implemented by SCORE. The District Secretariat took the lead  in organizing the exhibition while SCORE provided the technical and financial support. The exhibition was an opportunity for marginalized women in rural areas of Kandy to showcase their products and find a market to sell them. It brought recognition for... Read more
Mar 15, 2021
The decade of armed conflict in Syria resulted in some 6.7 million internally displaced persons and at least another 5.0 million Syrians who have sought shelter in other countries as refugees. Global Communities began providing humanitarian assistance in Syria in 2014 and cross-border operations are now based in Gaziantep, Turkey for northwest Syria and Iraq for northeast Syria. Our approach goes beyond handing out goods. We engage with communities and Syrian organizations in the region to help Syrians fleeing their homes to cope with the enormous demographic shifts that have taken place, adapt to their new lives and livelihoods, and build resilience. We provide protection to the most vulnerable in this crisis wherever they shelter for now. The following is a commentary on one of the most... Read more
Mar 11, 2021
By Kathya de Silva Senarath After months of close coordination between the Kandy District Secretariat and the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE), the International Women’s Day celebration in the Kandy District kicked off on a grand scale at the Secretariat auditorium on March 9, 2021. The event was a celebration of womanhood regardless of ethnic, religious, caste, class and age difference. Women representing all social strata in the district came together  to share, recognize and appreciate each other for their courage, determination and resilience during trying times. Kandy is a multi-ethnic district, marked by ethnic and caste divisions with ethnic violence reported in some parts such as Digana. However, during this event, all groups came together in celebration... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
The war in Yemen has presented a formidable challenge to health care facilities and maternal health services during the conflict, putting thousands of mothers' lives at risk. The escalating violence and economic hardships prevented many mothers from getting the care they needed; healthcare services plummeted and deteriorated. Hospitals were no longer able to provide and upkeep health services, as the war still profoundly impacted the already pre-existing challenges of Yemen's health care systems. Shortages of fuel and unreliable electricity supply severely impeded health service provisions, as power failures during critical prenatal medical emergencies began to be the norm. Unexpected incidents increased, and the local authorities' responsiveness and capacity to provide essential health... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
On International Women’s Day, Global Communities celebrates the strength of the many women and girls living in humanitarian crises around the world. Women and girls are often at significantly increased risk of harm – such as gender-based violence (GBV) – during emergencies. Harmful social norms, gender inequalities, and denial of power or opportunity are exacerbated during conflict and crisis as a result of displacement, loss of community, negative coping strategies, and psychosocial trauma. We are committed to the belief that gender equality is essential to achieving effective and life-saving humanitarian action. Practically, this means: Engaging women and girls directly as partners, including empowering grassroots women’s organizations, to not dictate but rather to listen and empower... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
On International Women’s Day, Global Communities celebrates the strength of the many women and girls living in humanitarian crises around the world. We believe that gender equality is essential to achieving effective and life-saving humanitarian action. For us, this means engaging women and girls directly as partners, including empowering grassroots women’s organizations, to not dictate but rather to listen and empower those that are affected. Women and girls are the best placed to make change for themselves and their communities, especially to rebuild after a crisis. Our approach to addressing GBV in crises supports the goals of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies: Establish specialized GBV services and programs that are accessible to anyone... Read more
Mar 04, 2021
"Proud to increase educational opportunities and support COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka" – Ambassador Teplitz By Kathya de Silva Senarath US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz, with US Embassy delegates, visited the North of Sri Lanka on February 23 and 24, 2021 to oversee the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE) programs, funded by USAID and implemented by Global Communities. She expressed appreciation of the project and said  that the US is ”proud’ to connect students across the island and support Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19”. During the visit, Ambassador Teplitz ceremonially inaugurated the Virtual Classroom project at Poonthodam Maha Vidyalayam in Vavuniya, which has mostly Tamil students and a few  Muslim students, to link with Sinhala, Tamil and... Read more
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