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Advancing Gender Equality Vital For Global Development Success

Huffington Post: A Call to Prioritize Gender in Development Patrick Fine, CEO of FHI 360 “The most effective 21st century international development organizations will be those that ask — and come up with workable answers to — the right questions about gender. … Recognizing the importance of advancing gender issues…

Gender Equality’s Link To Peace Should Be Central To Post-2015 MDG Framework

The Guardian: Gender equality and peace are linked — the post-2015 agenda should reflect it Hannah Wright, gender, peace and security adviser at Saferworld “…As the debate on what to replace the MDGs with after 2015 gathers pace, there are continued calls for gender equality to be central to the…

Long-Term Impact Of Food Vouchers ‘Remains To Be Seen’

The Economist: Giving generously “…Last year, the WFP helped to feed over 90 million people in 80 different countries. But the way it distributes food relief has been changing. … Economists now see the next great challenge for the international community as reducing the negative consequences of malnutrition rather than…

U.S. Must Address International Violence Against Women

Arizona Daily Star: Plight of world’s women must be addressed Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide “Saturday is International Women’s Day, a 105-year-old annual call to action for women’s equality. But for many women and girls around the world, its most basic promise of freedom remains unfulfilled.…

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces address International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: International Women’s Day: Give Yourself the Chance to Be Extraordinary Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global “…As you are thinking about what International Women’s Day means to you, I encourage you to look for inspiration from…

Progress On WASH Critical To Post-2015 Development

Devex: Turning the post-2015 trickle into a flood Girish Menon, director of international operations for WaterAid U.K. “…The debate around what will follow the MDGs has been long and complex. There are many issues on the table. But putting safe WASH front and center is not negotiable. Sanitation and hygiene…

Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

U.S. Should Support Haiti Cholera Victims In Lawsuit With U.N.

Al Jazeera: The U.N. is not above the law Lauren Carasik, clinical professor of law and director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Western New England University School of Law “Few people dispute that the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, is culpable…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Issues Surrounding International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces and editorial address issues surrounding International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: The Three Common Needs Of Every Woman (No Matter Where She’s From) Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson, and Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global…