Women / Gender

Mar 23, 2020
By Kathya de Silva Senarath In an age of endless competition and cutthroat mentality to get ahead, a Peace and Reconciliation Camp facilitated by USAID with the Rotary Club of Colombo East, rode against currents to instill values of equality, tolerance, respect and teamwork among children through the skills development of preschool teachers across the country. More than 100 preschool teachers from Northern, Eastern, Central and Uva provinces, especially in conflict-affected hot-spots, came together to discuss, review, and agree on better approaches to make positive attitudinal changes among children to create a peaceful society. The camp in Thanamalwila in Moneragala from March 7 to 9 was the third of its kind, held under the theme ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,’... Read more
Mar 09, 2020
By Christy Beauchemin #EachforEqual #IWD2020 International Women’s Day (IWD) was first celebrated over 100 years ago. Today, it is a global movement as well as a call to action. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual. It is a reminder that we all have a role in fighting gender inequality and that if each of us work together, we can create a gender-equal world.  Studies show that gender equality is good for not only women but families and economies, too. According to a McKinsey Global Institute study, closing the gender... Read more
Dec 11, 2019
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. (www.unwomen.org) The "16 Days of Activism" animated video below... Read more
Nov 12, 2019
According to the World Bank, Ghana’s youth population increased from 1.1 million in 1960 to 4.6 million in 2010. A major concern of successive governments in recent years has been to create adequate, decent and sustainable jobs for the growing youth population. Relative improvements in the country’s GDP, which has averaged six percent growth within the last decade, have not translated into opportunities for the growing youth population. This has created a yawning gap in unemployment, though estimates of the numbers vary. The World Bank for instance estimates that of those unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years while the most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6... Read more
Oct 15, 2019
By Sarah Goddard #DayoftheGirl #GenerationEquality #unstoppable Twenty-five years ago, the World Conference on Women in Beijing marked a significant turning point for global gender equality with the recognition of the rights of women and girls as human rights. Today, there are movements to stop child marriage and gender-based violence, promote girls’ education, and end stigma around menstruation. October 11 was International Day of the Girl. Since 2012, this day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges of girls around the world and promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year’s theme, “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,” celebrates achievements by, with, and for girls. “Today, girls are moving from dreaming to achieving. More are... Read more
Aug 12, 2019
Through the RING VSLA intervention, women in Kitoe-Nkwanta are now able to access credit to meet pressing financial needs. Many women have been able to start a trade, pay off medical bills and school fees – economic gains that were previously impossible. This the third part of the 4-series story. Take a look at the first one here and the second is here. In many rural northern Ghanaian communities, pathways to improved livelihoods are limited – literally. Poor road networks, periodically flooded waterways, and limited transportation options leave many without access to critical infrastructure, such as healthcare and banking services. The single rainy season and subsequent harvest also create an uneven cash flow... Read more
Jul 30, 2019
Nimgbor Wuninyun (center) and his wives Adjoa (left) and N-Munankpor (right), of Tikarni Community in Kpandai District, each understand and appreciate the benefits of participating in the Gender Model Family activity. Photo Credit: Clarissa Heger, Gender and Social Protection Advisor, Global Communities RING As in many parts of the world, traditional gender norms strongly dictate men’s and women’s roles in northern Ghana. By default, men are traditional household heads and much of the decision-making responsibilities rests on their shoulders, while women are the primary caretakers for the family, particularly the children. In rural communities, these norms are more rigid, sometimes resulting in an uneven and burdensome workload distribution for women. If women are unable to fulfill their... Read more
Jun 14, 2019
A word from David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities: Our people and partners are truly remarkable. They bring to life our nearly 60 programs in 28 countries. Our people are the ones on the front lines working with some of the most vulnerable populations around the world, and in some of the toughest environments, to help them improve their lives and livelihoods. How do they do it? By bringing to life a combination of our collective technical expertise and our ability to build trust with the people in the communities we serve. In Latin America, our programs in Honduras provide opportunities to youth who are otherwise vulnerable to gang recruitment; they help small farmers... Read more
Jun 05, 2019
A project in Kenya that addresses sexual health and gender-based violence (GBV) is taking a novel approach by deliberately involving men and boys in its outreach. Global Communities implements the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project, which works with adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to ensure they lived Determined, Resilient, Empowered,  AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Lives in Kenya and Rwanda. The girls who are part of the DREAMS project are some of the most vulnerable among Kenyan youth. Many AGYW in Kenya living in extreme poverty are forced to support themselves and their families with sex work. Their education levels are low, especially if they have dropped out because of pregnancy or health problems, and often the education level of their parents is low too. Women often need male... Read more
May 29, 2019
By Celia Zeilberger This article was originally published on USAID Global Waters In some remote parts of Ghana, girls are told that crossing a river during their menstrual period will offend the river deity — so some skip school to avoid incurring the deity’s wrath. In some rural communities in western Nepal, menstruating women are told that their presence jeopardizes crops, water supply, and health — so they go into quarantine each month. In Afghanistan, some women are told that showering during menstruation causes infertility — so they spend their entire cycle without washing themselves. Approximately 300 million women menstruate every day. For millions of these women... Read more
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