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The empowerment of women will be central to realising sustainable global development

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, stresses that we must redouble efforts to achieve a world underpinned by gender equality.

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Green shelters inspired by local techniques offer refuge to families affected by the October 2015 earthquake

Families who lost their homes in the earthquake which hit South Asia in October 2015 are benefiting from pre-fabricated green shelters provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Heritage Foundation, which will protect them from the rain and snow until they are able to get back onto their feet.

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Africa: Rich world joins charity crackdown as social media boosts influence

Western governments are stepping up efforts to suppress campaign groups - a trend already seen in the developing world - fearful of their growing influence and ability to mobilise through social media, according to CIVICUS.

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NZ's 50 'women of achievement'

Zonta's New Zealand chapter has chosen 50 "women of achievement" for their work in fields which deal with some of the most serious issues facing women today.

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Editorial: Invisible workers need recognition

Informal work is largely invisible but vital for the world economy. Regulation and support are needed to help workers to escape poverty, and should aim is to help people wherever they are on formal-informal continuum.

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Indian women reclaim public spaces, defying male critics

It began with two Indian women hanging out on Mumbai streets in defiance after a series of violent crimes against women. It has since grown and even spread to Pakistan, as women assert their right to public spaces in male-dominated societies.

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The potential for inclusive businesses gains attention in SDG era

While the private sector has played an increasingly significant role in development in recent years — notably through cofinancing and philanthropic efforts — there is now an emerging belief that inclusive business practices will continue to rise to prominence as a vehicle to drive private sector engagement in development.

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Mental illness one of development's 'invisible crises', says IMC expert

An International Medical Corps adviser highlights cases of depression in Syria and psychosis in South Sudan, but says people with mental illness are marginalised.

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State of the service: women’s participation in the PNG public sector

Drawing on previously unpublished data, this post reveals that while women are well represented in central government agencies, they are severely underrepresented in senior positions at the subnational level where services are delivered.

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The long journey – political acceptance of women

Mary Jack Kaviamu describes the obstacles that she and other women in Vanuatu have had to overcome in order to run for political office. Yet the quest for political power has helped to empower local women and to encourage a sense of unity and identity.

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