Happy World Breastfeeding Week

From UNICEF:  "Globally, only 38 percent of infants under the age of six months are exclusively breastfed, though research shows that optimal breastfeeding is the single most effective preventive intervention for reducing infant mortality."

Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality

Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality


Programme Summary

From 2009 to 2011, InterPress Service (IPS) is working to raise awareness about Millennium Development Goal (MDG) #3, which is aimed at reducing violence against women, enhancing women's economic independence, and increasing participation and representation of women in politics and public administration.

The most neglected Millennium Development Goal...

...is #5, the agreement to reduce global maternal mortality levels by 75%, according to a moving appeal in The Huffington Post by Ethiopian model Liya Kebede.  She sounds a welcome call for a "Global Fund for Moms," whom she rightly calls "our best stimulus package":

Update: Domestic violence - An SMS SOS

This update is the twelfth in our series of FrontlineSMS guest posts. Here, Anthony Papillion - Founder of OpenEMR HQ - shares the latest news on its use in his Oklahoma home town, where the software is helping provide relief to women suffering domestic violence
“In late May of this year, I assisted a local crisis center in deploying a solution we’ve now dubbed “FamilyFIRST“. FamilyFIRST is an SMS based system that allows victims of domestic violence to reach out to police, crisis counselors, and to document abuse incidents all via simple SMS messaging.

Women's International Network (WIN)

Women's International Network (WIN)


Programme Summary

Women's International Network (WIN) is a large assembly of women's communicators working to ensure women's right to communicate through and within the community radio movement. It is an element of AMARC [World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters], an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) serving the community radio movement, with almost 3,000 members and associates in 110 countries (as of July 2009).

U.S. Still in Denial on Gender Violence

This is welcome news:
The Obama administration has opened the way for foreign women who are victims of severe domestic beatings and sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States. The action reverses a Bush administration stance in a protracted and passionate legal battle over the possibilities for battered women to become refugees.

But one sentence caught my eye:

Unicef, the Killers, MTV and USAID team up

Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Featuring the rock band The Killers, the video is an exclusive collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and the US Agency for International Development.
The track, Goodnight, Travel Well, is from the album Day & Age. The video is the second in a series of music video collaborations that highlight the danger and impact of human trafficking.

BBC: Sudan women 'lashed for trousers'

Primitive and deplorable:
"I was wearing trousers and a blouse and the 10 girls who were lashed were wearing like me, there was no difference," [Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein] told the BBC's Arabic service.
Ms Hussein said some women pleaded guilty to "get it over with" but others, including herself, chose to speak to their lawyers and are awaiting their fates.
Under Sharia law in Khartoum, the normal punishment for "indecent" dressing is 40 lashes.

UN enlisting religious support to promote women's health in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman--literally. The country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.  As this video from UN TV explains, the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan is trying to enlist Afghanistan's religious leaders to advance womens' health and improve women's access to healthcare.   

Rape has not yet ended in DR Congo

The estimable Eve Ensler has been doing yeo(wo)man's work in calling attention to the horrific use of rape as a weapon of war in eastern DR Congo. Yesterday she wrote a forceful op-ed in The Washington Post on the subject, criticizing the UN for not doing more to implement a historic resolution passed by the Security Council last year that officially designates rape a war crime.

A Powerful Noise

A Powerful Noise

CountryUnited States
RegionGlobal, North America

Programme Summary

"A Powerful Noise" is a film-based initiative seeking to catalyse change by delivering the message that the solution to global poverty and injustice lies in the ability of women and girls to have a voice in their societies.



CountryBosnia Herzegovina
RegionEastern Europe/Central Asia

Programme Summary

Founded in 1998, Lara is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, using interpersonal communication and information and communication technology (ICT) to address gender issues and to empower women to assume a leading role in society through active participation in civic and political life.

Tackling domestic violence: An SMS SOS

This is the seventh in our series of FrontlineSMS guest posts. Here, Anthony Papillion - Founder of OpenEMR HQ - discusses his initial thoughts on being introduced to the software, and outlines his plans for its use in his Oklahoma home town to help women suffering domestic violence

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