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Celebrating dads as equal partners this Father’s Day

Maedhbh McDonald | 16 June 2017 | 0 Comments

About 80% of the world’s men and boys will become fathers in their lifetime. This Father’s Day, we celebrate dads around the world who are making an effort to get more involved in their children’s lives.

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Topics: gender equality, Niger, Father's Day

Violence against women: a weapon of war

Dominic MacSorley | 10 December 2015 | 0 Comments

As this year’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence draws to a close, Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley reflects on the connection between increasing global conflict and rising levels of violence against women.

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Topics: syria, lebanon, gender based violence, 16 days of activism, gender equality, 16days, GBV

Shamed and blamed: protecting the rights of pregnant girls in Sierra Leone

Amy Folan | 25 November 2015 | 0 Comments

Being a girl in Sierra Leone comes with enormous insecurity and risks. With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, the most significant challenge facing girls is the barrier to education if they become pregnant. Concern’s National Education Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Amy Folan, looks at the issues around this, and advocates for stronger policies to protect the right to education for all girls — pregnant or not.

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Topics: sierra leone, gender based violence, 16 days of activism, gender equality, 16days, GBV

16 days of activism: learners not brides

Lincoln Ajoku | 25 November 2015 | 0 Comments

16 days of activism is an annual campaign running from November 25 to December 10 that focuses on ending violence against women and girls globally. It aims to raise awareness of the human rights violations suffered by women and girls around the world. To mark this initiative we’re focusing on the progress being made in Malawi to empower young women and girls through education.

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Topics: malawi, gender based violence, 16 days of activism, gender equality, 16days

Education to leave no-one behind in Somalia

Sadhbh Goodhue | 29 September 2015 | 0 Comments

Being a child in Somalia can be hard – and thirteen year old Amal Ali Ibrahim’s story exemplifies that more than most. Having lost her mother at the tender age of three months, Amal has lived all her life with her father in Siliga internally displaced people’s (IDP) camp in Wadajir district.

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Topics: education, gender equality, somalia, education in emergencies, children of peace

“Today, I am going to die” – A Syrian refugee’s story

Masha Hamilton | 16 September 2015 | 0 Comments

Ahmed’s hands hovered over the tea cups and he paused, sucking in his breath. When he spoke, it was barely above a whisper. “That’s when I surrendered myself,” he said. “to this certainty: today, I am going to die.”

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Topics: syria, refugees, lebanon, gender equality, protection programme, Syrian Crisis

Letter from Pakistan: the power of conversation

Brid Kennedy | 31 August 2015 | 0 Comments

Brid Kennedy, Concern Worldwide Regional Director, recently visited rural Pakistan and found that small steps for women’s empowerment can equal big leaps out of poverty.

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Topics: gender equality, Pakistan

#IWD15: Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan

Caoimhe Gaskin | 27 February 2015 | 0 Comments

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re focusing on the progress being made in rural Afghanistan to empower young women and girls through our education and literacy programmes.
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Topics: international women's day, gender equality, IWD15, afghanistan

Inspirational women on film: four movies to watch for #IWD15

Daniel Gray | 17 February 2015 | 0 Comments

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2015 we discover four films that champion female empowerment from around the globe.

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Topics: women, liberia, international women's day, gender equality

Liberia: education in time of crisis

Sadhbh Goodhue | 16 February 2015 | 0 Comments

This year’s International Women’s Day focusses on education and its role in promoting gender equality. With Ebola cases steadily declining and schools beginning to reopen in Liberia today, we reflect on the impact of emergency situations on education.

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Topics: ebola, education, liberia, international women's day, gender equality, education in emergencies

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