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John Nduna in DC on the role of faith-based organizations in the SDGs

Dr. Jim Yong Kim addresses the faith-based organisations round table at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Photo: World Bank
21 Apr 2017

On April 18, 2017, John Nduna, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance, took part in a round table convened by the World Bank in Washington, DC, along with senior staff from sixteen other faith based organizations to discuss with the president of the bank the progress that is being made on poverty eradication, and the […]

ACT Alliance co-organizes first formal Faith-Based Side Event at UN Commission on Population and Development

ACT's Gwen Berge (right) speaking at the Commission on Population and Development in New York.  Photo: contributed
06 Apr 2017

Protecting Bodies – Protecting Rights – Faith Communities and Leaders Enabling Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights ACT Alliance together with World Council of Churches, UNFPA and the government of Norway co-hosted this official Side Event of the United Nations 50th Commission on Population and Development (CPD 50) in New York on 4 April 2017. After […]

Drought in the Horn of Africa points to a need for long-term solutions

A woman cross the flooded valley with food aid. Gerbile village is hit by drought. And now flooding. The dry soil is not able to absorb the rain, and the flooding destroy the landscape in Fafan zone, Somali region
04 Apr 2017

    The Horn of Africa is once again hit by drought. It is not the first time but this time it is critical. The current drought is projected to become the worst in decades, even worse than the one that led to the 2011 East Africa famine.[1] The good news, providing hope, is that […]

My journey at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Rabia Waqar
28 Mar 2017

March 10th was a day that brought with it much excitement and some nervousness, as I headed off to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the second time in my life. My enthusiasm was natural, as this is the largest annual gathering of women’s rights activists worldwide – in 2017, 162 […]

To challenge patriarchy, to make women’s equality a reality

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24 Mar 2017

It’s a very cold March in New York, ice and snow piled up on the street. The atmosphere at the Church Centre for the United Nations which is opposite to the iconic UN General Assembly is celebratory. Women throng the lobby, in colourful attire and determined in their purpose, attending the myriad meetings the building […]

ACT member WACC calls for action to end news media sexism

WACC Photo Competition Credit: Leslie Knott (Afghanistan)
23 Mar 2017

  ACT Alliance member the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)’s long-term commitment to promote gender justice by focusing on the media was a catalyst for the consultation “Gender and Media – challenges and opportunities in the post 2015 era” conducted right before CSW61 – this year’s 61st session of the United Nations Commission on […]

Working together for Gender Justice at the CSW61

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21 Mar 2017

I am now at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with a group of very engaged and active ACT Alliance colleagues mainly from our Community of Practice on gender justice. Tuesday (14) New York was practically shut down because of heavy snow fall. UN headquarters and most side events outside the UN building closed. […]

ACT Alliance Oral statement presented to the CSW61

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21 Mar 2017

The ACT Alliance oral statement was delivered by the Regional Representative – Asia/Pacific, Anoop Sukumaran (photo) to the 61st session of the Commission on the status of Women in the United Nations General Assembly hall.   Respected Chair, your Excellences, thank you for this opportunity in a growing environment where the space for civil society […]

Protecting bodies, protecting rights: Panel at CSW focuses on women’s legal and customary rights worldwide

Women march together in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, 2016, in Dhawa, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal.  The banner reads, "106th International Women's Day" and "Implement the Constitution and Guarantee Women's Rights." Photo: Paul Jeffrey
17 Mar 2017

PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 – ACT Alliance and the UNFPA hosted a side event at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women. The event “Protecting bodies, protecting rights – Religious and customary law enabling economic empowerment” explored the gap between women’s legal rights and their ability as individuals to claim them. […]

CSW61 – Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

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16 Mar 2017

  The World YWCA is an ACT Alliance member and also a member of the ACT Gender Community of Practice.  It’s also a global faith based movement impacting over twenty-five million women, young women and girls worldwide. On this 61st session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, we stand together as the […]

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