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Accessing Abortion Across Africa

By Helen Walker Abortion is one of those topics that people usually go out of their way to avoid talking about; the type of thing that people see as too sensitive and personal for it to enter the realm of public discussion.   Yet arguably, deciding if and when to have a child is one of the most important decisions a woman ...

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Weekly Editorial: Micro-finance and Gender-Based Violence

Since the 1970s, microfinance programs have multiplied and they are now a staple in the so-called international development toolkit.  One of the largest perpetuators of the intergenerational cycle of poverty is  lack of access to credit markets, as there is often no collateral to give in exchange for a loan, no matter how ...

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Inviting Men to the Conversation

The news cycle for the past weeks have been dominated by the coverage of Emma Watson's rousing speech at the UN to launch the UN Women Campaign, He For She. MEWC covered it last week here, and countless other articles have been written in response. In a sense, it is wonderful to see so many men and women of all ages posting ...

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Watson, the UN and Feminism

Last week, Emma Watson gave a ground breaking speech to the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York. Her speech launched the HeForShe campaign, which is a solidarity movement for gender equality for both men and women. The speech has also sparked debate around the world, on social media, and on ...

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UN Security Council: Women Make History

The United Nations Security Council has always been a male-dominated institution. In fact, traditionally, almost all seats were attributed to men who were then in charge of representing their country's best interests. However, women lately made history by occupying almost half of the seats in the most powerful body of the ...

Plan 'Hear Our Voices'

Why aren’t we listening?

This week Plan International released Hear Our Voices, an investigation into the experiences of boys and girls in schools worldwide. Plan spoke directly to 7000 adolescent girls and boys in 11 countries around the world, to hear their stories in their own words. The findings are numerous and comprehensive and I became ...

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UN Report reveals one in 10 girls sexually abused

On Friday, September 5th, UNICEF released a disturbing report revealing that about 120 million girls around the world , slightly more than one in 10 - have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20. The UNICEF report found that such sexual abuse among girls was especially common in some developing countries. 70% ...