From the election of a US President whose negative commentary on women is no secret, to the outpouring of revelations about Hollywood executives and the subsequent #MeToo campaign, it has been a watershed year for spotlighting the ways in which women continue to be disproportionately targeted for abuse by those in power.
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On a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Concern's Emily Bradley met Germaine Masika – an inspirational woman whose talent and ambition has spurred her through the ranks of Concern and led her progress from data entry assistant to human resources manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.