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  • opinion

    Opening opportunities for gender equality in the transition to sustainable energy By Sheila Oparaocha and Elizabeth Cecelski (ENERGIA)**, Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Dymphna van der Lans (Clean Cooking Alliance), Irene Giner-Reichl (GWNET), Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE), Ajaita Shah (Frontier Markets) As women leaders working to achieve sustainable energy for all, we are calling for gender equality in […]

    June 30, 2020
  • news

    The Covid-19 pandemic not only affects the health of Indigenous communities, it also exacerbates existing threats to their territories and resources. Even though the Indigenous communities have adopted voluntary self-isolation, the invasion and destruction of their lands continues. This spreads the virus further, while violating their territorial and human rights. Hivos, through the All Eyes […]

    June 23, 2020
  • opinion

    Opinion by Karen Hammink and Justus Eisfeld, both Program Development Manager Sexual Rights and Diversity at Hivos Covid-19 demonstrates once again that no disaster affects all people equally. Groups that were already pushed to the margins of society before the virus existed are likely to be most affected. Women and girls, LGBTI persons, people living […]

    June 18, 2020
  • news

    2020 will go down in history as the year that put a hold on daily life around the globe. We have an opportunity to make sure it will also be remembered as the year in which the fight for more inclusive, transparent and green societies gained a new and inspired push. The actions that we […]

    June 15, 2020
  • opinion

    The response to the Covid-19 crisis must not divert the world away from reaching the climate goals, a just energy transition and an equal and inclusive society, say Eco Matser (Program Manager Climate & Energy at Hivos), Sheila Oparaocha (International Coordinator and Program Manager at ENERGIA) and Hon. Kandeh Yumkella (Ph.D., Founder & CEO of […]

    May 19, 2020
  • story

    COVID-19 and the de-medicalization of abortion

    “We have a unique perspective,” is how Kinga explains what Women Help Women is facing in times of COVID-19. Her organization runs a platform that facilitates direct access to safe, self-managed abortions. While she sees how women around the world are disproportionally affected by measures taken to prevent the spread of the corona virus, Kinga points out that these social restrictions are also creating a much-needed rationalization of abortion policies.

  • opinion

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequalities and revealed to what extent current economic models are not sustainable. It has also shown that most countries are not equipped to cope with a health crisis. The World Food Program is warning that the lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be […]

    April 29, 2020
  • blog

    Written by Vimbai Chandaengerwa, Communications Officer Women Empowered for Leadership As part of the global fight against the coronavirus, many countries have followed the #StayHome call. Over 90 countries and territories have ordered national lockdowns and encouraged social distancing to slow down its spread. Although the measures are necessary to this end, they’re very hard […]

    April 17, 2020
  • news

    Written by Paula Bernardi (Country Coordinator Brazil) and Daniel Torre (Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator)  Deforestation and lack of protection are doubling the vulnerability of Indigenous Peoples and local communities The COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing very clear: we are all connected. The outbreak is confronting us worldwide with health risks and changes in our […]

    April 14, 2020
  • news

    The spread of COVID-19 is increasing worldwide. In Latin America, where developments are about two weeks behind Europe, they’re holding their breath. We spoke to our colleague in Costa Rica, Women’s Empowerment Program Development Manager Manine Arends, about her concerns and what lies ahead. “Measures to halt the spread of the disease vary enormously here […]

    April 10, 2020
  • opinion

    Disaster movies are more popular than ever, now that the coronavirus outbreak has turned into a global pandemic. Comparisons seem logical: the virus is new, uncontrollable, and has already killed tens of thousands of people. Yet the suggestion that the current disaster appeared out of the blue does not hold true for COVID-19 – as […]

    April 9, 2020