Action for Girls: Sweden funds programme aimed to empower young women in Mozambique

Sweden and Mozambique are worlds apart when it comes to gender equality. Perhaps that’s why the new Mozambican government program Action for Girls caused such a buzz. Action for Girls launched this month, received USD $14 million from the Swedish government through the United Nations. The program will benefit more than 1 million girls and young women aged 10 – 24 years old. Mentors will serve the communities where they live, making them more effective role models and advocates.  “This program aims to help the adolescent girls to be increasingly active in…

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Lack of diversity: Is Brazil an all white male country?

When new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, presented his very gender and race diverse ministry cabinet, a reporter asked: “Why did you make diversity a priority in your cabinet?” – he then simply replied: “Because it’s 2015”. The answer was followed by  a very enthusiastic round of applause and praise from Canadian and international media. With the news of new Brazilian president Michel Temer nomination of a all white male ministry cabinet, Brazilian mainstream media reacted with little criticism. As usual memes flooded the social network sites defending his choice.…

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Women Entrepreneur and the e-commerce boom in SE Asia

Guest post by Becky Hostetler For the past few years, Southeast Asia has been getting a lot of attention for its expanding consumer base. Companies like McKinsey & Company have taken note of the growing economies in ASEAN countries. McKinsey in particular noted that the countries in ASEAN together make up the seventh largest economy in the world and consuming households in this area will double by 2025. The Boston Consulting Group also wrote that Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar are rapidly growing in the middle-class and affluent consumer socioeconomic category.…

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Ugandan women: rights & achievements against all odds

Guest Post by Agnes N. Bravo Leave alone the well-known Feminine characters like first Lady Janet Museveni; Buganda queen Sylvia Nnaginda Nabagereka, Minister Amelia Kyambadde, and the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga; being a woman in Uganda is a different profession altogether. A Ugandan woman plays a great role in the society. She is a 24 hours watchdog working from sunrise to sunrise. A fragile stature with immeasurable strength. She wakes up in the morning and prepares her homestead, prepares her children and her husband too, then she may proceed…

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Latin America still lagging behind in gender equality

Latin America is a land of contradictions. A place where there has been 5 women presidents and still has so much to advance in terms of gender equality. When I say gender equality I mean,  women’s rights and opportunities to be equal as men’s –  same salaries for same job roles for instance. Here are some examples of the region disparities: only 50% of women in the region is part of the workforce, and 33% has no personal income compared to 12% of men. In Guatemala the percentage of women with…

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Brazil: The dangerous rise of Evangelical Fundamentalism

Not as it seems Brazil. The land of white sandy beaches. A place of persistent sunshine. The land of carnival, and a place where the party never stops. This is the impression a great many people have of Brazil – however, what lurks below the surface is not as bright. Brazil may seem like a country in harmony, but the rise of religious fundamentalism over the last fifteen years threatens to shatter that delusion. Brazil, although predominately Roman Catholic, is imbued with a diverse mix of religions. Due to Brazil’s mixed…

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