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March 8, 2016
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What does International Women’s Day mean for the future of gender equality?

This blog by Julia Gillard, a Distinguished Fellow of the Brookings Institution, was originally published on the Brookings Institution Blogs page on 7 March 2016. While the world has made great strides toward gender equality over the last several decades, major disparities between men and women …View More  > 

January 18, 2016
Youth In Uganda Inform National Education Priorities and UNGEI’s Youth Engagement Strategy

by Ruth Shevena Ankunda, Ugandan Youth Coalition Secretariat On September 3rd and 4th, 2015, I joined a group of youth leaders for a consultation in Kampala, Uganda. The purpose of the consultation was to gain an understanding on how youth …View More  > 

January 11, 2016
Consulting with Youth on their Own Participation: Results from UNGEI’s Global Youth Engagement Survey

Building on the best practices for youth engagement identified in literature, UNGEI wanted to ensure its youth engagement strategy was designed based on the needs and priorities of young people themselves.

December 31, 2015
Best Practices (and What to Avoid) When Engaging Youth

Among the many reasons to involve youth in an organization’s work, two primary ones stand out. First, and most importantly, is the right of young people to be involved in shaping policies or programmes that affect them. Second, engaging youth …View More  > 

December 24, 2015
UNGEI #YouthTalks meets Muhammad Usman Ali

Age: 19, Student Muhammad Usman Ali had a lifechanging moment when in 2005, as a boy of eight, an earthquake hit Abbottabad, a small mountain town in North Eastern Pakistan where he grew up. More than 85,000 people lost their lives in this tragedy …View More  > 

December 22, 2015
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Natta, 11 years: “I wish everything would be as it was before”

By Harandane Dicko and Cindy Cao Natta Walet Aliou, lives in Kidal in northern Mali. She was only 8 years old when the armed conflict broke out. Across the country, people in her region suffered greatly as a result of …View More  > 

December 10, 2015
#16Days – Youth as Partners in Combating School-Related GBV: Improving Education and Livelihoods in Uganda

The theme of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is ending school-related gender-based violence. Violence and abuse in and around schools affects approximately 246 million girls and boys every year. School-based gender-based violence can take the …View More  > 

December 10, 2015
#16Days – “We need protection and safe schools.” Nancy reflects on SRGBV in Sierra Leone

As part of Plan International’s Project, interviewing Millennium Children about School Related Gender Base Violence (SRGBV), I discovered that this is a prevailing issue affecting girls’ education and their lives in general in Sierra Leone. The perpetrators are mostly male …View More  > 

December 9, 2015
#16Days – Empowering the Entire Community to End School-related GBV

As the 16 Days of Activism draw to a close, this blog space has shared many valuable lessons and recommendations from the actors – civil society organizations, educational and government institutions, donors, and researchers – who will have much to …View More  > 

December 8, 2015
#16Days – Learning Amidst Hardships: Teenage Pregnancy and Schooling in Sierra Leone

With one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the world, being a girl in Sierra Leone brings with it enormous challenges and risks. According to the 2013, DHS up to 28% of girls aged 15-18 years had been …View More  > 

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