News from members
Strategies for Hope Trust: The Nepalese publisher, Sakriya Sath, has just launched Nepali editions of two training manuals developed originally by the Strategies for Hope Trust for use in sub-Saharan Africa. 'My Life – Starting Now’ aims to enable young people to take charge of their lives in a positive way. ‘Parenting: a Journey of Love’, is designed for use with parents and guardians of young children and adolescents. Limited quantities of both workbooks are available on request from Sakriya Sath or Glen Williams (Strategies for Hope Trust).
Harm Reduction International: The 2014 Global State of Harm Reduction is now available online.
Global Dialogues: The Global Dialogues story-creating contest invites young people worldwide up to the age of 25 to submit a story about HIV/AIDS, sexuality or violence against women. Deadline: 31 March 2015.
Health Poverty Action: March for Mothers - Sunday 29 March, 11:30. March for Mothers is a sponsored 5km walk to raise awareness and funds to ensure mothers in the world’s poorest communities receive the essential healthcare they deserve. The money raised can help Health Poverty Action improve access to health services; through mobile clinics and constructed birth waiting homes, whilst training birth attendants in life saving emergency childbirth care. You can buy tickets, make a donation or ask for Jessica Scott for further information.
Health Poverty Action: Why International Development needs Drug Policy Reform- Tuesday, 10 March, 14:30- 15:10 (A side event at the CND, Vienna, Conference Room MOE79). This will be the international launch of HPA’s report, Casualties of War, looking at the development costs of current drug policies and the need for the development sector to actively engage in advocating for pro-poor, evidence-based policies. If you will be in Vienna, please come along or get in touch to find out more.
Student Stop Aids Campaign: At the start of February, Student Stop AIDS Campaigners and 2 Restless Development volunteers headed to Brussels as part of the NO TTIP movement to meet other campaigners, attend meetings and lobby their MEP's on the impact of the TTIP agreement on access to medicines. The Intellectual Property provisions currently included will lead to high prices through extending monopolies whilst absolving pharmaceutical companies from having to publish safety and efficacy data. The highlight of the two days was a stunt involving a giant Trojan horse being pushed by a group of sly business men! The next International Day of Action is April 18th, watch this space for details!
Gender and Development Network: Over the last two decades there have been many new commitments and increasing political rhetoric on gender equality and the realisation of rights for women and girls, but limited real progress in achieving either. GADN have published a report, Turning Promises to Progress, that concludes that this is, in part, because the underlying causes of gender equality have not been addressed and there was insufficient political will to make the changes needed on the ground. Detailed recommendations for concrete action to turn rhetoric into change are outlined throughout the report.