Tourism has been identified in Vision 2030 as one of the pillars of Namibia's economic growth and is one of the few industries that contribute directly to poverty alleviation and economic development in rural areas. This is according to the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Uahekua Herunga, who made the remarks during the official opening of the fifth Partners Symposium and Annual Conference for the Global Partnership of Sustainable Tourism that is taking place at a local Windhoek hotel.
If ONE’s mission is to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030 this will only be possible by dramatically improving the situation of women. We wanted some expert advice on how we could better mobilise around these issues and Melinda Gates, Helene Gayle and Sheryl Sandberg generously offered their time.
In Burkina Faso, 75% of girls and women have undergone FGM/C. But today, only 9% of people there are in favour of the practice. What's caused this dramatic shift in opinion? This photo story from DFID reveals the people and communities leading the way in making extraordinary progress to end it.
When a community has access to trained midwives, the health of women and their children will improve, creating healthier families and communities. However, 70 percent of Myanmar’s population that live in rural areas barely have access to basic health education and information about maternal and child health care services. Many have no knowledge about basic reproductive health services like birth spacing, pre-and post natal care, and safe delivery services, all of which can be provided by a skilled midwife.
The country’s health care system was ranked the second worst in the world by WHO in 2000, and that is why the government has been working ever since with many partners, including global civil society organizations, to make access to health care services a reality for all. A project intervention by Marie Stopes International Myanmar (MSIM) and Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Association (MNMA) is training young midwifery professionals known as Volunteer Midwives (VMWs) and placing them in villages in urgent need of health care services in the Ayeyarwaddy and Yangon regions of Myanmar. Read more...
Nowhere Does Islam Excuse Child Brides Huffington Post A report from the UN's Children Fund (UNICEF) shows that a great number of adolescents give birth in developing countries, and they are mainly girls with little or no education from low-income...
Women have been subjected to rape in conflict for thousands of years. Rape has been viewed by common soldiers as a ‘reward’ or ‘spoil’ of war. But their commanders see rape differently. They know it is a weapon of war, one that they use to terrorise, to instill fear, and to destroy families and whole communities.
About 8.2 million students in Myanmar will benefit from better-financed schools and more than 100,000 poor students will receive financial support to attend classes through the Decentralizing Funding to Schools Project.
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