L’education des filles progresse

School girls in Africa23-sept.:L’éducation des filles gagne du terrain dans le monde, mais certaines zones géographiques restent à la traîne, souligne un rapport de l’Unicef. Progrès pour les enfants fait le point sur la scolarisation primaire et secondaire des enfants dans le monde, au regard de deux objectifs de l’ONU : combler le fossé entre les sexes en matière de scolarisation en 2005 et garantir que, d’ici à 2015, tous les enfants aient une éducation primaire complète.

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RDC: Fermeture de cliniques dans l’est de la RDC suite aux combats

DRC clinqueCélestin Kasereka a marché 15 km avec des béquilles pour rejoindre l’hôpital d’Oicha et faire soigner sa jambe. « Il m’a fallu toute une journée pour faire ce douloureux trajet », a dit M. Kasereka, enseignant à l’école de Mayi-Moya, un village isolé du territoire de Beni, situé à l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), dans la province du Nord-Kivu. « C’est la première fois que je quitte mon village », a-t-il dit, visiblement épuisé par cette épreuve. « Je n’avais pas le choix, il n’y a plus de clinique près de chez nous ». Continue reading

Uganda: Court ruling on bride price strikes a blow for women’s rights

uganda women15 Aug 2015 (IPS) Wambi Michael: After years of a protracted battle against Uganda’s “bride price” practice, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that husbands can no longer demand that it be returned in the event of dissolution of a marriage but has stopped short of declaring the practice itself unconstitutional. In a country in which most marriages are customary, women’s rights activists have hailed the decision as a step in the right direction for greater equality in the marriage relationship but had hoped that the court would rule the bride price – or dowry – itself unconstitutional. Continue reading

L’étude de la banque africaine de développement sur le genre.

Lundi 8 juin 2015 : L’Assemblée annuelle de la banque Africaine de développement  qui sAfrican-women-farmers’est tenue a Abidjan 25 au 29 Mai a aussi profite aux femmes a travers la publication de l’indice de l’égalité genre en Afrique 2015. Cette étude a pour but d’aider à comprendre la dynamique de l’égalité des genres  et la façon dont elle affecte le développement de l’Afrique, la banque africaine développement  publie son premier indice de l’égalité du genre. Continue reading

EU go back on pledge to give financial support to LDCs

th3H81AP1ORichard Jones, (devex) 20 May 2015: A decision taken by EU Ministers is likely to reduce funding commitments to LDCs by setting a target for LDCs at 0.15% of GNI by 2020, rather than binding at the member state level. European governments could drop their aid pledge to developing countries — known as the 0.7 percent aid target — as disagreements between member states ahead of the May 26 Foreign Affairs Council threaten to derail the EU’s historic anti-poverty commitment, Devex has learned. Continue reading

Malawi: Gender Minister Kaliati Backs Marriage, Divorce and Family Bill

th (5)Minister of Gender Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has defended the recently passed Marriage, Divorce and Family Bill which provoked debate.Since the passing of the bill in Parliament, there has been debates in the social media and in the streets, others claiming the bill is too harsh on men while others believe it will bring sanity to marriage. Continue reading

Des haricots biofortifiés pour combattre la ‘faim cachée’

thS75WFEADFabíola Ortiz , IPS, 8 mars 2015:  Joane Nkuliye se considère comme une militante. Elle fait partie d’un groupe restreint de fermiers qui produisent de cultures biofortifiées à une échelle commerciale au Rwanda. Nkuliye possède 25 hectares dans le district de Nyagatare, dans la Province orientale, à deux heures de route de la capitale, Kigali. Le gouvernement lui a offert cette terre et elle y a emménagé en 2000, avec des plans d’élever le bétail. Continue reading

Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

phumzile640-629x419Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. 6 March 2015 (IPS) :If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women. But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where more girls are in school and more are earning qualifications than ever before; where maternal mortality is at an all-time low; where more women are in leadership positions, and where women are increasingly standing up, speaking out and demanding Continue reading

Bangladesh’s politicians should keep their hands off Grameen Bank

16-decisions-of-grameen-bankNiaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj East Asia Forum, 6 March 2015: Increasing state control over Grameen Bank will not serve Bangladesh’s best interests and will be detrimental to the nation’s progress on gender equality. Bangladesh has improved its rank in this year’s Global Gender Gap report, moving from 75 in 2013 to 68 in 2014. Much of its progress in improving gender equality over the years is owed to the inclusive model of social development that has seen NGOs working side by side with the state for four decades. Now the government is trying to exert greater control over Grameen.

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Gyan Chandra Acharya,Head of UN Agency for LDCs talks about reasons for Asia-Pacific meeting this December

31626Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s  role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status  (Reprinted from www.myrepublica.com) Continue reading