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A second update of the European Union’s Plan of Action for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Development 2010-2015 was presented to the European Council in December, and shows that while progress has been made, important challenges persist. Jean Louis Ville, Head of Unit at EuropeAid’s Governance, Democracy, Gender and Human Rights, and Marina Marchetti, EuropeAid's Head of Sector for Gender and Non-Discrimination, provide their viewpoints on the results.
The world passed a collective milestone in October when the planet’s human population topped 7 billion drawing some development professionals to consider the impact of such a large, and in the developing world, increasingly youthful population.
Each year the small West African nation of Burkina Faso marks International Women’s Day with a public holiday and an information campaign to highlight a particular priority issue.
Fatm Said and her five children were forced from their home in Zanzibar at knife point. The man wielding the blade wasn’t a thief or local hoodlum but her husband wanting what he said was rightfully his – the house. And the local laws supported him.
Having managed to slip away briefly from her household chores, Joyce Mtenje sits at a wooden desk in a district resource centre in Malawi, flipping through the pages of “The Nation” newspaper. She's taking advantage of an EU-funded centre that's about to transform to a Malawian institution.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 21 February 2011
Check out the 2010 European Union Development Days' first e-magazine and revisit the highlights from last year’s international event.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 31 March 2011
The European Commission is committed to promoting gender issues in development cooperation, and that means bringing a gender perspective to all areas of their interventions.
While 15 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, some amidst controversy, a new survey finds broader acceptance of homosexuality in the US, South America and Europe, and widespread rejection in Russia and Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in predominantly Muslim nations.
In Ghana a 'Women's Manifesto', issued by civil society organisations (CSOs) in 2004, has created momentum and awareness around women's rights and gender equality. Almost 10 years after its adoption, the Manifesto continues to inspire and guide CSOs, particularly women's organisations, in their struggle to improve the lives of Ghanaian women and girls.
Technical assistance plays a key part in projects backed by the European Development Fund (EDF). However, translating the needs of a beneficiary government can be challenging. We hear from Ram-Maria Ouedraogo who has experience of working on both sides of the aid partnership.

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