In Bhutan, women occupy only 4% of the leadership roles at the local government level, and only 10 of Bhutan’s 72 Parliament members are women, according to a report from Helvetas-Bhutan. In one rural, agrarian community, a village library is working to change that.
IREX is working with the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) on a project to support organizations in Egypt working to combat violence against women. ICAN produced this short profile of Bassma, one of the participating organizations.
When Munah Kieh Kelly was first hired at the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), she was a volunteer office assistant, receiving only a small monthly stipend to clean the office and sort incoming mail. A mother of five young children and in the process of leaving a marriage that left her feeling incompetent and silenced, Munah was reserved, quiet, and burdened with concerns that her opportunities to excel professionally were limited because of her lack of knowledge and skills.
Georgian media professionals and news outlets are expanding their news coverage while strengthening the Georgian media sector thanks to Batumelebi, a new online studio for the creation of media content.
According to the US Department of Education, the United States ranks 25th in mathematics and 17th in science among industrialized nations, representing a dire need for students to study and achieve in those areas. Fellows in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) are trying to accomplish that by encouraging student participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields with a global context.
For more than 20 years, students at a school in the village of Tazakendi, Georgia were in the dark with few books to read and no electricity. That all changed when two journalism students wrote a story about the school’s isolation for the newscafe.ge website. Soon after the story was published, the missing books had arrived, including Azerbaijani literature. The school had “also solved their electricity problems.”
College student Biljana is an active local community leader, motivated to effect change in Kosovo. Since returning from a year of study in the US, Biljana has organized various youth initiatives and served as a leader on her campus and within her community on projects promoting youth engagement, conflict resolution, and environmental management. Biljana is a member of the U.S.
Rosebill Satha has a mind for business, an eye for opportunity and a passion for giving. So it is no wonder this 29-year-old Malawian business woman was named 2013’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneur by Under35CEO, an Africa-based organization that promotes youth entrepreneurship. But life hasn’t always been so easy.