When the G20 leaders meet in November to discuss pressing global issues, it is imperative that they take action to address the needs of people living in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries. This paper contains the recommendations of the G7/G20 Advocacy Alliance (U.S.), a group of 54 non-governmental organizations.
These recommendations are broken down in this paper by sector:
Une analyse des conséquences économiques du mariage des enfants aux plans de la fécondité, de l’éducation, de l’emploi et de la santé
Child Marriage Will Cost Developing Countries Trillions of Dollars by 2030, Says World Bank/ICRW Report
The new report finds that ending child marriage:
Would have a large positive effect on the educational attainment of girls and their children and increase women’s expected earnings and household welfare;
Lead to substantial reductions in population growth over time;
Reduce rates of under-five mortality and delayed physical development due to a lack of appropriate nutrition.
In October 2014, the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Lebanon program began implementing an innovative mobile approach to gender-based violence response and mitigation service delivery in Akkar district. The IRC's approach aims to reach non-camp based Syrian refugee women living within Lebanese communities with GBV case management and psychosocial support services.
Mara Steinhaus, Amy Gregowski, Natacha Stevanovic Fenn and Suzanne Petroni 2016
Choosing whether, when and who to marry is one of the most important, personal decisions that one can make. Yet, in many places around the world, girls and boys are forced into marriage before they’re ready, a practice known as “child marriage”. Around the world, an estimated 15 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, and UNICEF estimates that 720 million women alive today were married as children. The harmful consequences of child marriage have been well documented.
Family Care International (FCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration 2014
Across the developing world, a woman dies every two minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Improving maternal health is widely acknowledged as a global public health priority and an urgent social justice and human rights issue. However, Kenya and other developing countries, continue to have a high maternal mortality ratio despite commitment from the government to address the issue.
Created in 2002, the International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) is the first of its kind to end impunity and promote justice through programs that assist survivors of atrocities return to a dignified and productive life within their communities.
ACF International, Save the Children, Helen Keller International, International Medical Corps, Valid International, Concern and the International Center for Research on Women call on the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, to support further involvement of WHO in the preparation of the International Conference on Nutrition +21. Twenty one year after the first major international event on nutrition, this event should be considered as a unique opportunity to reaffirm the critical role of the health sector in the fight against undernutrition.
Understanding and Addressing Gender Barriers
Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Allison McGonagle, Anju Malhotra 2012
Hundreds of thousands of women die every
year in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes. Virtually all of these
maternal deaths occur in poor countries. In order to reduce maternal deaths
and improve the overall life chances of poor mothers, policy and programs
must address poverty and gender inequality, two inter-related, root causes
of maternal death.
Girls have a fundamental right to be heard, valued and respected. Moreover, by listening to girls' voices, policymakers and program managers can help bridge the gaps between girls' aspirations and their actual experiences. In this report, the authors outline six themes that arise from girls' aspirations, including the desire to be healthy and educated with viable livelihoods and career opportunities, financial security and independence; and to marry and have children at the appropriate time.
HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, high blood pressure and tuberculosis were some of the most relevant health issues that concerned women in Namibia. ICRW, through the Parliamentarians for Women's Health program, conducted a series of community-based assessments in three regions with the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in Namibia to assess women's access to quality health care.
HIV/AIDS-related stigma has long been recognized
as a crucial barrier to the prevention, care and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Yet not enough is being done to combat it. One reason has been a lack of
information: How do we define stigma? Can stigma be measured? Another reason
has been the assumption by development practitioners that stigma is too
tied to culture, too context-specific and too linked to taboo subjects
like sex to be effectively addressed. Action also has been impeded by a
lack of tools and tested interventions.
Millions of young girls in the developing
world are married when they are still children, and as a result are denied
the ordinary experiences that young people elsewhere take for granted:
schooling, good health, economic opportunities, and friendship with peers.
Despite national laws and international agreements forbidding early marriage,
gender roles and marriage systems in many countries dictate the practice,
through which girls are deprived of basic rights and subjected to discrimination
and health risks.