Legalized prostitution has not reduced stigma or exploitation

Legalized prostitution has not reduced stigma or exploitation

Lauren Hersh for Equality Now – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/EN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: International human rights organization, Equality Now, has launched a campaign calling on the United Nationals to listen to survivors and address the root causes of sex trafficking and exploitation. ” The failed experiment to decriminalize or legalize the purchase […]

‘Transformative’ world changes can only exist if we stop inequality

‘Transformative’ world changes can only exist if we stop inequality

Jayati Ghosh – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) Copenhagen, DENMARK, EUROPE: Nowadays almost everyone will probably acknowledge that growing inequality has become a pressing issue – even business leaders in Davos recently identified it as one of the biggest threats to the world economy. Now, discussions around the post-2015 global agenda include a specific focus on reducing […]

Long process outsourcing may be hurting aid efforts on-the-ground

Long process outsourcing may be hurting aid efforts on-the-ground

Yves Daccord – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/ICRC) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: For more than a year now, the spiraling armed conflict in Syria and its devastating impact on people in and beyond the country has dominated the international spotlight, with still no end to the suffering in sight. While there are many other internecine conflicts causing immeasurable suffering, […]

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Can greater global funding decrease gender violence & HIV/AIDS?

Alice Wellborn – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/OD) London, UNITED KINGDOM: I have emerged from three inspiring days volunteering at a workshop discussing how to advance gender equity and human rights to reduce gender-based violence in the context of HIV. Yet the question still uppermost in all our minds is “but where is the funding to do this?” […]

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Global microlending – not all it’s intended to be

Claire Provost – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/GDN) London, U.K.: Held up for decades as something of a “miracle cure” for global poverty, microfinance became one of the world’s most high-profile and generously funded development interventions. Everyone, it seemed, was talking about how small loans could unlock endless opportunities for the world’s poorest people. By 2010, however, […]

Climate change displacement must be identified first as internal

Climate change displacement must be identified first as internal

Davina Wadley – WNN Opinion (WNN/RI) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES: Earlier this week, I joined members of the DC chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a group of climate-conscious Washingtonians at the DC venue Bloombars to view Michael Nash’s film Climate Refugees and discuss our impressions of the film.  The discussion kicked off with […]

New innovations may be trumped by funding needs to solve global poverty

New innovations may be trumped by funding needs to solve global poverty

David Lewis – WNN Opinion (WNN/GDN) GLOBAL: Innovation has become central to the way development organisations go about their work. In November 2011, Bill Gates told the G20 that innovation was the key to development. Donors increasingly stress innovation as a key condition for funding, and many civil society organisations emphasise that innovation is central […]