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Five prominent female thinkers and doers recently demonstrated how changing language in family laws can alter the course of women’s lives. At an October 7, 2016 project launch, prominent advocates from the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) — a global partnership of 20 independent women’s rights organizations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America — gathered to highlight the need for governments to reform family laws.
The Cultivate Africa’s Future (CultiAF) Fund runs eight projects that are supporting the development and testing of 24 innovations.
IDRC creates knowledge and innovative solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the developing world, IDRC Chairperson Margaret Biggs told an audience at the Centre’s 2016 Annual Public Meeting on November 22 in Ottawa.
November 25 marks the first of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (ROSSA) hosted representatives from the Kenyan government, the private sector, and research institutions on November 9 for a presentation of research findings by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust. The three-year study, titled Addressing health inequities in Kenya: Potential and feasibility of e-health approaches to promote health equity in the Kenyan health system, was implemented under IDRC’s Strengthening equity through applied research capacity building in e-health (SEARCH) program.
The verdict marks the first time a Guatemalan court has tried and convicted military officers for wartime sexual violence.
In 2008, it was estimated that South Africa’s total burden from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stood at 40%, and was steadily increasing. Obesity is a risk factor for many NCDs, including stroke, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.
In India’s northeastern city of Guwahati, rapid growth has fueled an explosion of unplanned development, including in surrounding forests, hills, and wetlands. The spillover of development puts both communities and the environment at risk. With no secure tenure and limited access to basic services, residents of informal settlements face forced eviction.
While it is the largest city in India’s northeastern state of Assam, Guwahati’s sprawling development pattern and limited transportation options seriously constrain women’s mobility.
Economic growth is driving population growth in Indian cities, particularly in small and medium-sized centres. This rapid urbanization is fueling conflict over scarce resources, including land, water, and public investment.  With a high proportion of the poor living and working in the informal sector and unplanned settlments, traditional urban planning is failing to keep pace with the needs of India’s burgeoning cities.