Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Native Women Bring Solar Energy to Chile’s Atacama Desert

Marianela Jarroud – IPS – Monday, 18 March 2013 (originally published 13 Mar) SANTIAGO, Mar 13 2013 (IPS) – Three indigenous communities from the Chilean highlands have just received solar panels, which will be set up and maintained by unlikely solar engineers: five native women who travelled halfway around the world to India and overcame […]

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

A Future Fortified by [Kenya] Women

Adrianna Logalbo – Diplomatic Courier – Friday, 15 March 2013 (originally published 12 Mar) On a recent trip to Kenya, I was fortunate to meet several women who are, in their own ways, combating the urgent yet often hidden problem of malnutrition, and I was reminded once again of the power women have to truly […]

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Senegal Growing Up Over Marriage

Issa Sikiti da Silva – IPS – Friday, 01 March 2013 (originally published 25 Feb) DAKAR, Feb 25 2013 (IPS) – When Abdoulaye Ba heard his local Imam in Dakar, Senegal, speaking out against child marriage, he found that the idea was not very palatable to him. As head of his family, he had intended […]

[Uganda] She turned misfortune into a fortune

[Uganda] She turned misfortune into a fortune

Matsiko Kahunga – Daily Monitor – Tuesday, 12 February 2013 [sic] not your ordinary farm. It is a serene get-away for a quiet reflection, a practical demonstration site for biogas energy, a children’s holiday campsite, an entrepreneur – incubation centre, all rolled into one. “…when we were attacked by thieves one night, one question kept […]

Researcher: Gender plays a key role for sustainable farming in Africa

Researcher: Gender plays a key role for sustainable farming in Africa

EurActiv – Tuesday, 29 January 2013 (originally published 24 Jan) The EU should support rural public education programmes in Africa, with a special focus on women, to facilitate adoption of sustainable farming practices, says Hailemariam Teklewold, a researcher at the University of Gothenburg. Hailemariam Teklewold has completed his doctorate in environmental economics at the University […]

How Did Female Genital Mutilation Begin?

Rossella Lorenzi – Discovery News – Friday, 14 Decemeber 2012 (originally published 10 Dec) United Nations Member States recently approved the first-ever draft resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Hailed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a major step forward in protecting women and girls and ending impunity for the harmful practice, […]

Content, partnerships now trump technology in global mHealth

Content, partnerships now trump technology in global mHealth

Jonah Comstock – MobiHealth News – Thursday, 13 December 2012 (originally published 07 Dec) Texting programs for health education in developing countries have been around for over a decade, but several factors are bringing global health efforts to a new scale in 2012, including increasing mobile adoption in developing countries and an increased spirit of […]

OP-ED: Women Out Loud

OP-ED: Women Out Loud

Michelle Bachelet, Michel Sidibe, and Jennifer Gatsi Mallet – IPS – Wednesday,12 December 2012 UNITED NATIONS, Dec 11 2012 (IPS) – Global efforts to reach the “three zeros” for women and girls – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths – are gaining momentum. Much of the progress we have seen is […]