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Remembering 14 Women Lost, and Calling for a Comprehensive Response to GBV

By: Sara Pappa, Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist Today, WI-HER remembers the 14 women at an engineering school affiliated with the Universite de Montreal who lost their lives to a mass shooter targeting women in STEM. December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. The day is also the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre—a mass shooting at an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal, which resulted in the deaths of 13 female engineering students destined for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations and one female staff member. Another 10 women and four men were also injured. At the time, the incident was the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history and has since been characterized as an anti-feminist attack, since the shooter deliberately targeted female students. On a [...]

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International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

By Allison Annette Foster, Vice President Three Cheers for Volunteers! “To whom much has been given, much is expected.” Growing up in the United States, I learned early in life that volunteerism was not only honorable but expected. My family considered volunteering a duty to family, country, and community (both the global community and local community).  My father coached our soccer games, giving two evenings a week to instill teamwork and good sportsmanship to a gaggle of young girls. As a business owner, he certainly had many other demands on his time.  My mother served on our school board in our local government; she ran out the door every Wednesday night after cleaning dinner dishes to contribute to policy decisions and advocate for plans that would be inclusive and family-friendly. As a class, my schoolmates and I gave [...]

Pastor Henry’s thoughts on working on HIV at the Nagonga health center in Uganda.

"We invite you to listen to Pastor Henry and some of his thoughts on working on HIV at the Nagonga health center in Uganda. "I am Henry Abondo Werenyalo, a husband of Anna and a father to nine biological children, one adopted daughter, and nine fostered children. And by God's grace I passed a church called Divine Destiny Pentecostal Church. Now my role as the question is, the role that I play, number one, I help HIV people to accept their condition in order to fight stigma. Two, I also give them hope through sharing with them the word of God. Because I believe it is the word of God that can bring hope even to the hopeless. Three, carrying out home to home visitation and in this I do counseling, I have counseling session with them, [...]

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Gender-Related Issues in the Informal Employment Sector

By: Stella Abah, Gender, Social Inclusion, & Community Engagement Advisor, IHP Kebbi State, Nigeria Everyone has the right to live and work free from violence and harassment. In spite of this, violence and harassment against women in the world of work is present in all jobs, occupations, and sectors of the economy in all countries around the world. Furthermore, in most countries where sex-disaggregated data is available, the number of women in informal employment far outnumbers that of men. The feminization of poverty, combined with discrimination by gender, age, ethnicity or disability, means that the informal economy comprises the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of society. Additionally, gender inequality is more prevalent in the informal economy, where women are concentrated in lower-quality jobs. Informal sector workers experience job insecurity, have lower salaries, work in poorer conditions, and have fewer protections [...]

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Addressing Gender-based Violence in Environmental Conservation in Fiji

By Maddison Hall, Program Coordinator In Fiji, a small island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, there is an overwhelmingly high prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV). More than two in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes – double the global prevalence of physical and sexual violence. Women often experience violence for years without receiving support due to the stigma associated with reporting, challenges in accessing services, and extensive delays to receiving justice. “We find that key barriers [to reporting violence] include not knowing where to go, not having the information, the remoteness of location – which also creates barriers – the costliness of transport to the centers that provide the services, the complexity of filling in the forms and going into various offices, the stigma and discrimination in communities, and, somewhat, the role of [...]

Razan Farmand, talks about her experience as a woman working in the U.S. criminal justice system

Supporting and advocating for women human rights defenders is an integral part of WI-HER's work in 40 countries. Our Senior Director of HR, Risk Management, and Compliance, Razan Farmand, talks to Susan Faris Zerbe about her experience as a woman working in the U.S. criminal justice system and what it looks like to be on the frontlines of defending the most vulnerable in our communities.

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