(Photo Source: The New York Times)
Ai’s Creative Director Maz Kessler has just launched Catapult, a crowdfunding website for girls. Maz designed and developed Catapult as a way to help address the huge global problem of gender inequality. As part of the launch, she penned this article introducing the project and its potential impact:
Originally published on The Huffington Post and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Last Thursday we celebrated the first-ever International Day of The Girl Child.
The brutal shooting in Pakistan of Malala Yousafzai, a girl who inspired the world, serves as a dark reminder that we need to do more than just talk about The Girl.
It’s time to answer her call for justice, to amplify her voice, and to work hand-in-hand with her to create real change in her life — and in all our lives. Continue reading… ›
Ai is delighted to be working with the Department of Social Affairs at the African Union on a DFID-funded project to help refresh the website and revitalise the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The new website is due to be launched at the end of October 2012. Watch this space.
Advocacy International is proud to be associated with the launch of a DFID-funded project, Evidence for Action, whose purpose is to use evidence and advocacy to engage the African public in the survival of mothers and newborns in six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
We have worked closely with an excellent African creative agency in Nairobi, ARK, to develop the identity and other brand elements of the campaign. We are currently working closely with teams of African experts in obstetrics, communications, and advocacy based in the six countries. Six websites will be built for each country in preparation for the launch of the campaign early in 2013.
The consortium is led by Options, the sexual and reproductive health consultancy, and will work closely with African partners to deliver better maternal and neonatal health services and outcomes by using evidence more effectively to generate political commitment; strengthen accountability and improve planning and decision-making at all levels.
Ai’s visit to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone was part of a scoping exercise, to assess the maternal and newborn health landscapes in those countries.
31st August 2010
The gardeners are squatting low in the heat, planting and greening the pavements and sidewalks of Delhi. They are under pressure to complete, because the Commonwealth Games are imminent. Lots of talk in the papers about delays and corruption, coupled with suppressed glee at the pickle Pakistan cricketers now find themselves in. The talk in Delhi is that the Monsoon has been heavier, and more prolonged than usual, but we are enjoying the dry steamy atmosphere at the Habitat Centre, where the Global Maternal Health Conference is in full swing.
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Jeremy Smith April 19
I’m sitting here in London with fingers crossed - on Friday I’m due to fly to Chicago, a city I haven’t been to since I hitch-hiked round the States, um, quite a few years ago… I keep looking at the web to see what mood the Icelandic Gods are in, and whether they will relent in time to let me fly.
My reason for travel – our world organisation of cities, UCLG, has its Executive Bureau meeting there, at the invitation of Mayor Daley, and I am helping with the planning of UCLG’s City Leaders Summit, hosted by Mexico City in November.
Meanwhile I have been watching the amazing BBC TV documentary “Welcome to Lagos” which looks at the hard and enterprising lives of that mega-city’s poor, including the scavengers on the city’s rubbish dumps… an echo of the dust heaps evoked by Dickens in “Our Mutual Friend”, plus a practical demonstration of how to live the EU’s waste hierarchy (reuse, recycle…). Some think today’s Lagos is the reality of tomorrow’s city, and that we should accept and celebrate this. I am not convinced by this argument, however much we admire the resilience of the Lagos-ians, and the commitment of their mayor.
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