September 2011

  • Kate Stence

    K4Health, CCP | Comm. Manager

    Editor's Note: In Honor of World Contraception Day, this blog highlights the experience of Victoria Flores Fernandes from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, and Patricia Poppe, Regional Director of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communications Programs, at UNFPA's recent event, 7 Billion People: Counting on Each Other—Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls.

    Nigeria’s former Minister of Health and currently Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, recently called on developing countries to urgently address the needs of women and girls as world population reaches 7 billion.

    Dr. Osotimehin was speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. on September 13 entitled “7 Billion People: Counting on Each Other—Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls.” It was part of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 7 Billion Actions campaign.

    As our planet’s population reaches 7 billion people, it is increasingly made up of young people, 90% of whom live in the developing world. In these countries, girls get married very early in life and, in turn, get pregnant at a young age. Dr. Osotimehin cited a recent article that "nine hundred million young women are living without access to education and health, they bear children too early, are excluded from concepts of active, political citizenship and awareness of their place as possible leaders in the global community."

    Beyond the health risks women and girls are less likely to continue their education, and have less earning potential for themselves and their families. Essentially, they have little to no chance of ever reaching their potential. Dr. Osotimehin called for empowering girls through education and providing them with other opportunities for human development. A crucial component of this strategy is to delay marriage and childbearing through family planning.

  • Elsie Minja-Mwaniki

    CCP | Communications Specialist

    The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need for gender balance, reduce stereotypes, and create a wide variety of female characters for entertainment, targeting children ages 11years old and under. During the Social Good Summit, actress Geena Davis, the founder of the Institute, spoke about how to empower women and girls in a variety of discussion groups.

    In the session "Empowering Women and Girls: Hollywood, the United Nations and the Influence of Media," Davis spoke with the publisher of Variety magazine about the Institute’s use of research, education, and advocacy to alter how girls and women are reflected in the media. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media spotlights staggering gender inequalities in the media, such as males outnumbering females 3 to 1 in family films as well as the hyper-sexualization of females. According to Davis, all of these negative portrayals could roll back hard-won progress in achieving the UN-backed MDG Goals designed to improve global living standards. Because the media plays an influential role on social attitudes and behavior, stereotyping women in the media can undermine economic development and may perpetuate violence against women.

  • Kate Stence

    K4Health, CCP | Comm. Manager

    Bloggers, media, NGOs, celebrities, and global thought leaders from a variety of public health and human rights spectrums converged this week on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for the Social Good Summit, presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Foundation, to discuss the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Meanwhile, about 40 blocks south in Midtown Manhattan, UN Week unfolded for high-level government agencies and officials in the 66th session of the General Assembly. Actually, there are so many big events happening this week that The Daily Beast announced the world has come to NYC.

    What happens when you place United Nation members, health experts, social entrepreneurs, activists, athletes, and some of the most media-savvy professionals together? A social media extravaganza focused on how to change, help, and better our world from a global perspective. A dynamic dialogue of such range, depth, and inspiration that the outcomes could, in fact, be earth changing.

  • K4Health Highlights

    David Alexander

    CCP | Photoshare Manager


    A cross-post from the Photoshare blog

    Although the newly launched Photoshare website was envisioned for many years, the Photoshare team finally began design and implementation of the new site seven months ago. The updated website features a clean new design and expanded and enhanced services. The site also delivers a range of new features and interactions for users requesting Photoshare images, and for photographers sharing their work for nonprofit educational use.

  • Women of the World

    Rebecca Shore

    CCP | Program Officer II

    CARE, a nonprofit organization devoted to aiding the world’s most vulnerable women and children, has been involved in Bangladesh for over fifty years. Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most marginalized countries in the world and is greatly affected by a spectrum of social problems, from poor sanitation to high infant mortality rates. The country also has the highest rate of violence against women in the world. Last week, Assistant Country Director from CARE Bangladesh, Jamie Terzi spoke to the Gender-Based Violence Task Force of the Interagency Gender Working Group about a program in Bangladesh focusing on the monetary cost of violence against women as a means to justify prevention and affect the cultural norm of silence around this issue. Using lessons learned from previous projects and funding from USAID, CARE aimed for the Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) Initiative to show the effect of violence on women, government, and communities in terms of actual monetary costs.