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Creating shared value in the rose supply chain

Hivos established the Women @ Work (W@W) program with the aim of promoting decent work for women who earn their living in global horticultural production chains. The program enlists the participation of Southern partners spread over Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia), with a consumer advocacy component, housed within Hivos headquarters in The Hague, aimed at promoting “...

Women and the right of access to information in Bangladesh: executive summary

A new study from the Carter Center examines women’s right to information in Bangladesh. The research assessed whether women are able to exercise the right to information with the same facility as men and also identified the main obstacles facing women in accessing information, and types of information most critical to women for economic empowerment and the protection of rights.

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Women and the right of access to information

Over the last decade, there has been a growing emphasis on making government information available to the public.

But while technological advances, new systems and updated processes have provided powerful platforms for accessing open data, there has been little or no emphasis on ensuring that women can have an equal share in open governance. Too often, the offline exclusion of women in...

Advancing reproductive health rights

A new generation of strategies for government accountability is needed, one that fully considers entrenched, institutional obstacles to change. Vertical integration of coordinated civil society policy monitoring and advocacy is one such strategy. Engaging each stage and level of public sector actions in an integrated way can locate the causes of accountability failures, show their...

Feasibility and acceptability of a mobile phone intervention to improve post-rape service delivery in South Africa

Mobile health (mHealth) interventions – in which mobile phones are used to advance positive health outcomes – have only recently been applied to addressing broader questions of health governance. This report discusses research on a mobile phone app that was designed to create a coordinated platform through which rape victims could express their views on the quality of services and support...

Giving voice to clients of post-rape services: building and piloting a feedback mechanism in Tshwane

Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) is a private South African higher education institution, which received an innovation grant from Making All Voices Count to pilot an appropriate and confidential feedback mechanism for users of government post-rape services in Tshwane, South Africa.

FPD also received a grant to conduct practitioner research to inform the development of a...

Networking and relationship building Toolbox

Women on the Frontline is a three-year initiative funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Hivos and implemented jointly by Hivos, Oxfam, PwC, and Institute of War & Peace Reporting. It aimed to work towards the full and equal participation of women in transforming societies, by strengthening women’s organisations in Syria, Iraq...

The acceptability and accessibility of safe abortion

Some health issues with which we deal on a daily basis are generally accepted as matters of importance for which we must ensure appropriate care and treatment. Examples include having high cholesterol, living with diabetes and providing new-borns with proper nutrition. Other health issues, however, generate disagreement, dissonance and sometimes denial of care.

Such a health issue which...

The Zimbabwe women's movement 1995-2000

Did Zimbabwean women’s organising constitute a women’s movement during the years 1995 – 2000? In a fascinating account of a significant period of women’s collective organising, Shereen Essof’s response to this question is positive. As a feminist scholar she interrogates the period during which she was a more than full-time woman activist out and about in Zimbabwe. Inspired by the vision of...

The acceptability and accessiblity of safe abortion

Safe abortion is considered a stigma and no-go area by many people in the world. Therefore, safe abortion is neither widely accessible nor acceptable for a majority of women and girls. This comes with a cost, as unsafe abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity, in particular in developing countries. The socio-economic costs of unsafe abortion, are beyond costs for...

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