By Sarah Sax When people think of what drives tropical deforestation, they think of what are referred to as “the big five”: cattle, soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, and cacao. And for sure, these industries are responsible for a large part of tropical deforestation. But what if someone told you: lack of access to healthcare, or high maternal mortality rates could also be considered … Continue reading Health in Harmony: a planetary health approach in the making
By Njeri Kimotho There is a new buzzword in the development sector that promises a way to make the world better and development more inclusive: feminism. But how can one word be the response to so many global crises that the entire world is grappling with? Part of that answer is moving from the word to its application; Feminism is a commitment and it is … Continue reading Can feminism really be a fix to current and future global crises?
By Lila Sax dos Santos Gomes The pandemic is over. At least for most of the countries in the European Union. Despite some of the highest number of infections since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of hospitalizations has rapidly decreased, offering no legal grounds to continue with mask mandates and compulsory home office. With the temperature rising and the daytime hours increasing … Continue reading Austerity politics is the next crisis
By Julia Lukomnik Feature image description: Two multi-colored hands support a brown skinned person wearing orange shorts and an orange off-the shoulder top. The person has blue flowers in their yellow afro. As the first Russian soldiers crossed the border to Ukraine, social media lit up with suggestions of how people with resources could help: from direct bank transfers to Ukrainian activists, to offering Ukrainian refugees … Continue reading Decolonizing Wealth in the Midst of Crisis
Salma Abou Hussein first learned about Female Genitle Mutilation (FGM) ten years ago while visiting a community school in rural Upper Egypt. The area had a high prevalence of FGM and there were ads and campaign posters warning parents from practicing it. Abou Hussein was shocked to learn the practice was so widespread and she has been working to end this practice ever since, conducting … Continue reading Connecting gender and FGM. A Q&A with Salma Abou Hussein
A mother and daughter talk about their roles and perspectives as women in development work In the early 1980’s, Elisabeth moved to the town of Tanga in Tanzania and started working as a medical doctor. Her daughter Friederike, who was born around that time, later started a career in development also working abroad an in the development sector. In this inter-generational conversation they share their … Continue reading Women in Development – The Changing Field.
By Yarrow Global “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” – Audre Lorde Decolonizing Global and maternal health can’t be done without having those people who are most affected by negative maternal health outcomes at the table, such as women from Low-Middle Income Countries (LMICs). This is one of the key takeaways from the “Rethinking North-South Relations – A gendered challenge” panel that … Continue reading Decolonizing North-South Relationships in Global Health
For the past year, Yarrow has been participating in the Gender and COVID-19 working group which brings together practitioners and academics from all over the world to look at the gendered effects of the pandemic and the lockdown measures. One area the group has been particularly in focus is the way that race and gender intersect in the context of the pandemic. We know from … Continue reading Discrimination and Healthcare Workers in Brazil. A Q&A with Brunah Schall
By: Yarrow Global Biodiversity is having a moment. Currently, governments around the world are deciding on a new Global Biodiversity Framework, expected to be adopted next year. The Kunming Declaration, released at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment this October, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of conservation in … Continue reading When Biodiversity, Gender, and Indigenous Rights Intersect. A Q&A with Pragyaa Rai
Globally, it is estimated that more than 220 million women in LMICs have an unmet need for family planning. Adolescents especially are some of the most at-risk groups for early pregnancy and parenthood. They face difficulties accessing contraception and safe abortion, as well as suffering from high rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Various political, economic, and sociocultural factors contribute to poor information and … Continue reading Changing attitudes, saving lives. A Q&A with Dismas Damian