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Grassroots Men and Children Speak Out - Women's Empowerment is Progress for All!

“COFAPRI is truly giving power to our wives, daughters, and our sisters and girls in our villages here. This helps them primarily, but it also helps us all with our families." - Bukanda Isaac, DR Congo.



Children's Education in Sierra Leone - Overcoming Challenges

Wurrie Kenda has grown up in Kroo Bay without any education. She is now at the Community School and is learning quickly. It is children like Wurrie that make WYCF's school such a special place....



Empowering Survivors in DR Congo

Help Safe World Field Partner, COFAPRI, to support rape survivors and their children in the mountain villages of Eastern DR Congo.

World News

Frederic Kazigwemo served time in jail for killing several people in 1994 | Photo: Benjamin Duerr/Al Jazeera

Rwanda genocide survivors back reconciliation

Mbyo is a Reconciliation Village, located one hour's drive from the capital of Kigali. Murderers and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, are neighbors. Attempting to rebuild the country.
Caroline Murphy

UK Heiress walks away from fortune after rift over her plans to turn firm into a co-operative

I have been vocal in my belief that leadership of this business must include those working on the ground if it is to continue to deliver for the clients who have placed their trust in us over the years.

International Women's Media Foundation: 'Protect Confidentiality of Sources'

IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) urges the Supreme Court to recognize journalists' protection against compelled disclosure of confidential sources...
Pari Gul

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

Field Partner News


Starting Young - Teaching Children's Rights in Tanzania

We promote Child Rights Clubs in schools, covering issues such as child marriage, FGM, domestic violence, disabilities, street children.... Last year, 7000 children participated...

Alliance News


Partnering for advocacy in rural Kenya

Pastoralist Child Foundation and the Fly Sister Fly Foundation partnered for an advocacy campaign in Samburu County. They held interactive sessions on early marriages, FGM/C, and challenges girls face in the pastoral nomadic community.

Yemen's Women are the Most Oppressed, says Report


Yemen's Women are the Most Oppressed, says Report

A report, published by the World Economic Forum, assesses 135 countries worldwide on how well resources and opportunities in education, employment, health and political empowerment are divided between male and female citizens.

The report suggests that while 85 per cent of countries are improving their gender equality ratios, the situation continues to decline in the rest of the world and most notably in several African and South American countries.

"A world where women make up less than 20 per cent of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential," says Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Nordic Countries top

Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden) continue to hold the top places, while the U.K. and the U.S. are ranked in the top 20 at 16 and 17 respectively.

Italy - whose Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was earlier this week named in a U.S. State Department report on sex trafficking for his involvement in the exploitation of an underage prostitute- makes a dismal appearance in 74th place, ranking below countries such as Russia (43), Bulgaria (51), Bangladesh (69) and Ghana (70).

"Smaller gender gaps are directly correlated with increased economic competitiveness," says Saadia Zahidi, Senior Director, Head of the World Economic Forum's Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme and co-author of the report.

"With the world's attention on job creation and economic growth, gender equality is the key to unlocking potential and stimulating economies."

The United Arab Emirates ranks highest in the Arab World at 103, with Saudi Arabia (131) making the greatest improvements over the six years since reports began (though this is hardly surprising considering the limitations on women's rights in the country).

Yemen comes last in the ranking, as it has consistently over the past six years, due to its low level of female political empowerment and lack of domestic female authority.