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Our features cover development issues such as gender, governance, HIV/Aids, poverty, security, conflict, economic inequality, environment, and health.

We generate content for both traditional and new media on these and other issues as well as the international conventions and other instruments which influence development in the region and elsewhere

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women's full and equal participation.

For more information visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/history.shtml

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Documentation of Inter-Linkages:HIV,GBV & Conflict

African Woman and Child Features Service will be documenting inter-linkages between HIV/Aids and Gender-based Violence in conflict and post conflict scenarios, in this case looking at the 2007/8-post election crisis in Kenya.

This project starts at a time when Kenyans are preparing for the Truth Justice and Reconciliation TJRC and the Constitution making process thus a strategy for women in Kenya to participate.

This documentation process is designed to assist women seek justice for violence meted against them. This engagement is further expected to influence formulation of policies and putting in place of mechanisms that will safeguard women’s rights in future conflict situation.

This project is supported by the Urgent Action Fund and will involve mapping of Policy Responses by using the experience of the unheard voices of Women affected by Violence.

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Accra High Level Forum 2008

Accra High Level Forum

In September 2008, ministers from over 100 countries, heads of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, donor organizations and civil society organizations from around the world will gather in Accra for the Third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2-4 September). Their common objective is to help developing countries and marginalized people in their fight against poverty by making aid more transparent, accountable and results-oriented. The Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Third HLF) will:

- review progress in improving aid effectiveness
- broaden the dialogue to newer actors
- chart a course for continuing international action on aid effectiveness

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16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence runs from November 25th to December 10 annually.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
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Accra High Level Forum 2008

Accra High Level Forum

In September 2008, ministers from over 100 countries, heads of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, donor organizations and civil society organizations from around the world will gather in Accra for the Third High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2-4 September). Their common objective is to help developing countries and marginalized people in their fight against poverty by making aid more transparent, accountable and results-oriented. The Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Third HLF) will:

- review progress in improving aid effectiveness
- broaden the dialogue to newer actors
- chart a course for continuing international action on aid effectiveness

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