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Celebrating Human Rights Day: Fundamental Rights for All

By Kenneth Goughnour, Program Coordinator for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." - Eleanor Roosevelt Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay In the 72 years since the passing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNHR) by the United Nations (U.N.) much has happened, including: for the first time humans left our little blue planet and began exploring the farthest reaches of space, technologies advanced from analogue to digital and the internet became an integral part of the [...]

Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand’s GBV interview with Mr. Mike Mukraine

WI-HER is a proud partner leading gender equity and social inclusion on the global USAID Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East Program (Act | East), led by RTI. Listen in as Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand, President and Founder of WI-HER, LLC, and Mr. Mike Mukraine, Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Advisor for RTI International and Uganda / Act | East, discuss neglected tropical diseases and gender-based violence as well as the importance of applying a systems approach with gender equity and social inclusion integrated throughout the health system and NTD program.

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Engaging Men and Women in Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health: a Critical Need in Nigeria

By: Aisha Ahmed, Gender, Social Inclusion and Community Engagement Advisor, Sokoto State, Nigeria WI-HER, with USAID IHP, works in Nigeria to address maternal, child, and reproductive health challenges. Cultural and traditional practices greatly affect women across different ethnic groups in Nigeria, and they especially influence maternal health challenges, particularly in Northern states where Sokoto is located. For example, women delay seeking care when their husband is absent. Today, Sokoto state has one of the highest rates of maternal deaths in the northwestern region of Nigeria. A majority of maternal mortality cases can be attributed to factors such as cultural and religious influences and other social elements that affect individual preferences. Men play a major role in all decisions, including those related to health, but often do not see a need to educate themselves on these issues. Communication between [...]

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Campaigning for a Violence-Free Society: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

By Helen John, Gender, Social Inclusion, and Community Engagement Advisor The 16 Days of Activism campaign is an annual event focused on increasing awareness and hastening progress toward ending all gender-based violence (GBV) globally. As a global women’s empowerment organization, Zonta International reports: “Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers; it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes psychological, physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, female genital cutting, child marriage and human trafficking. Violence against women and girls threatens countries, inhibits economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community and creating better lives for themselves and their families.” It [...]

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In Loving Memory of Your Bright Light

By: Alison LeFew, Senior Director for Program Growth and Partnerships She brought me an orchid To celebrate new life, Elegant and reaching For the bright light.   He made her a smile At first; she dazzled, Beautiful and giving, Sharing her light.   She made his heart skip, Excited in love; then jealous, Possessive, and pursuing, Wanting her light.   He brought a gun That fateful night, Erratic and raging, Ending the bright light. I wrote this poem for my friend who was murdered by her boyfriend in 2015.  At WI-HER we fight daily to eradicate gender-based violence and intimate partner violence. We believe that her/his/their bright light warms us all.

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