Forestry and Women

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. []

Not enough that the three decade civil war caused diverse damage to Sri Lanka, this ‘pearl of the Indian ocean’ continues to face the rise of various challenges out of which deforestation is one. The island which had 49% forest area in the 1920s, has decreased by to 33% in the year 2015 [World Bank Data].

Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives

This year’s theme for the International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. The International Women’s Day (IWD) brings governments, business organizations, civil society organizations, and all communities together under one theme, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, raise awareness and to pressure for all actors to ensure equality among men and women and also call to action for accelerating gender equality.

Youth Women Leaders in Politics: Nepalese perspective [Part I]

Women’s meaningful participation itself is a big challenge in the Nepalese society with patriarchal thoughts, where young women’s contribution and involvement in politics has not been recognized yet in the way that ought to be even though the number of females in politics is increasing and their contribution in political change is remarkable.

Haiti’s Disasters: The Laments of Girl Survivors

“Seven years gone by, but I still feel the earth shaking beneath me; but more do I feel the pain of exploitation”.

This is not my story alone, but of many more young and old from my country Haiti, an Island where Christopher Columbus arrived at the time he discovered the New World, and later mentioned “They are the best people in the world and above all the gentlest. All the people show the most singular loving behaviour and they speak pleasantly. They love their neighbours as themselves, and they have the sweetest talk in the world, and are gentle and always laughing.” [Quoted from: The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy, 1992]