A new film, Binta’s Dilemma, created under the USAID-funded Evidence to Action Project, led by Pathfinder International and produced by Nigerien film company Maggia, sparks conversations among young Nigeriens about sexual and reproductive health. It brings up topics like pressure to marry and have children early, use of contraceptives before and during marriage, and young women’s right to an education.
Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal childhood disease which is close to being eradicated globally. When a fresh outbreak of the disease occurred in Somalia in 2013, Oxfam used mobile phones to raise awareness of the disease and help communities to protect themselves.
In 2000, 164 governments pledged to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults by 2015. The pledge was codified in six interrelated goals known as the Education for All goals. Two of these six goals formed part of the Millennium Development Goals—eight goals adopted by United Nations Member States in 2000 that aimed, among other things, to eradicate extreme poverty.
The international development community and beyond has identified inequality as one of the main and growing challenges for development. Unemployment, especially among youth, has been recognised as a core source of increasing inequality, also driven by the expanding negative impact on economic and social development of the growing informal sector, particularly for women.
IDAHOT, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, on 17 May, was a chance to turn the spotlight on equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people the world over. Balkissa Ide Siddo recently visited Cameroon, where being gay or lesbian comes with the risk of being attacked or even killed.
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