Tag: women

Mar 16

No Toilet, No Bride

The World Bank estimates that poor hygiene and a lack of toilets in India have cost the country over $54 billion annually. This economic cost comes in the form of lost tourism, premature deaths, and a reduction in productivity due to illness. In India, 665 million people do not have access to toilets, the largest …

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Mar 09

Making Community Health Programs Sustainable

Last week in my blog post I discussed the limitations that prevent community health programs from becoming fully effective. The majority of these problems revolved around the issue of sustainability- many programs aren’t able to remain functional and effective after the initial stages of program implementation. So the question is, how do you increase the …

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Mar 08

The Women’s Revolution

A week before the Egyptian revolution began last month, Asmaa Mahfouz, an Egyptian activist, released a vlog that quickly went viral and is widely credited with sparking the protests that eventually ended the thirty-year reign of dictator Hosni Mubarak. In the vlog, Mahfouz challenged any men who did not think women should be protesting to …

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Mar 08

100 Years!!!

Celebrating International Women’s Day Today, March 8, 2011, marks International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of giving women in society an equal footing with men. It is not only a time for men, women and children to reflect on progress and changes made worldwide but it is also a time …

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Mar 02

Successes and Failures of Community Health Programs

In 2006, the World Health Organization estimated a shortage of 4.2 million health workers, making the lack of health care professionals a global problem.  In 57 countries, there are less than 23 doctors, nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people. In addition, these workers are often concentrated in cities and areas inaccessible to the rural …

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Mar 01

A Radical Notion that Women are People

Ever since the US House of Representatives became a Republican majority two months ago, the House, along with many state legislatures, have been churning out legislation targeted at limiting women’s rights, redefining victims of sexual assault and placing the lives of fetuses above their mother’s. There are currently three initiatives against abortion at the Federal …

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Mar 01

U.N. Women!

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my dinner with Marie Wilson and about the role of women in International Economic Development. In keeping with that theme, I was excited to read about the launch of U.N. Women on Thursday last week.

What is U.N. Women you might ask, and why do we need another agency pushing for gender equality?

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Feb 28

Women and Sustainable Development

Women in many parts of the African continent perform up to 80% of the labor in their respective countries, yet are often denied basic rights, such as the right to own land, to access credit, and to operate their own businesses. They are the fundamental caregivers and providers of their families, yet many of them …

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Feb 24

Opposing Equality: A Cross Comparison

In 2008, a video of Saudi women’s rights activist Wajeha al-Huweidar driving sent ripples through the internet community. The video was actually done as a protest ofthe Saudi Arabian ban on women driving. She was later arrested during a separate protest when she attempted to cross into Bahrain without the express permission of her legal …

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Feb 22

Beyond Abortion

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut federal funding for PlannedParenthood. This was largely targeted at decreasing the organization’s ability to perform abortions. However, there will be a rippling effect if Planned Parenthood is unable to provide their general health care services. For women who suffer from health issues such as Endometriosis, cervical …

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