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How to better protect women in Asia-Pacific? More legal aid — ADB

31 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

Two years before reaching the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, 40 percent of of women in the Asia-Pacific region are still experiencing violence, insecurity and poor quality of life. This is higher than the global average of 35 percent and undermining the objectives of sustainable development.

 

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‘Motherhood in childhood,’ new UN report, spotlights adolescent pregnancy

30 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

30 October 2013 – A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services. 

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UK warned that youth unemployment is 'public health time bomb waiting to explode'

30 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

Youth unemployment in the UK and throughout Europe is a "public health time bomb waiting to explode" the World Health Organisation has warned.

 

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Ideas for Action on Birth Registration

24 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - World Day News

Promoting birth registration: Church outreach that works. What might we learn from a global church network's outreach in birth registration? Dr. Sally Thompson, Coordinator of the International Anglican Family Network (IAFN) shares information on the work being done by the IAFN and Communion of Anglican Churches around the world.

  • Preach, teach, link. Church leaders are esteemed by their communities and have a special role there. They work at grassroots levels and are therefore in a unique position to be immensely helpful. Clergy and lay leaders can preach about the importance of birth registration, find opportunities to educate and allay fears, and even link birth registration with baptism.
  • Provide support to get birth certificates in hand (the proof of birth registration). People might need practical help with application forms, complex procedures, or payment of fees. When city registry offices are too far away, church buildings could be offered for use as temporary registration centers.
  • Publish, post online, mail. The IAFN's two newsletters on birth registration were posted online, and mailed to hundreds of contacts who had no access to the internet.
  • Use social media. The IAFN has a Facebook and Twitter presence, as well as a blog for posting information and news, and inviting responses from readers.
  • Work with partners. The Anglican Communion works with many partners. One example concerns Uganda, where members of the Anglican Church worked with the Mothers' Union (a far-reaching church organization which works on family issues with people—of all faiths, and of no faith—in 83 countries), the Ministry of Health, and UNICEF. Together they obtained registration certificates for more than 73,000 children!

 

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Training Corner: Lessons learned, lessons shared

16 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - World Day News

 

Positive parenting training: Five keys to success

Since 2006, Save the Children has introduced its eight-week positive parenting program into 30 countries. Two of its Child Protection staff members, Director Lena Karlsson and Advisor Sara Johansson, share the keys to their success.

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Inspiration Corner: News from around the world

16 Oct 2013  |  News and Press - World Day News

Your work is wonderfully unique, relevant to your context, and not quite like any other World Day partner's. Our movement is exciting precisely because of the diversity of stories, reports and news that can inspire others, worldwide. And when you read someone else's story here, it can spark a new creative thought or approach for your own setting – even though that partner might live many miles away. So may these stories inspire you. And don't forget to post your news for the World Day Map!  

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Educating Syria’s Lost Generation of Children

30 Sep 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

By Elizabeth Whitman | September 20, 2013

It's the second day of school, and the excitement is palpable. The girls in School No. Three in Za'atari—the main Syrian refugee camp in Jordan—are begging to know when the books will arrive. They don't have much longer to wait. A pickup truck stacked high with bright blue backpacks filled with books rolls in. Young men in neon yellow vests begin pulling the bags out of the truck bed and carrying them to classrooms.

In one class of eighth graders, one girl is disappointed. "These have been written in," she notes, holding up one of her books with blue ink scrawled across part of a page. Others do not seem to mind that the books have had previous lives. They eagerly unzip their new bags, spreading Arabic, English, science and math textbooks across their desks.

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International Day of Non-Violence

30 Sep 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth, 1927

 

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Early Childhood Peace Consortium launched at UNICEF

27 Sep 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

By Pi James and Taleen Vartan

Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact. A consortium launched on 20 September seeks to drive progress collectively to sustained peace through early childhood development programmes. 

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Syria crisis: starving children forced to survive on fruit, leaves and nuts

25 Sep 2013  |  News and Press - Related News

Save the Children says conflict's restriction on movement and huge inflation is causing severe food shortages

Mark Tran
The Guardian, Monday 23 September 2013

 

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