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July 24 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 05:58:35

London this week hosted the inaugural Girl Summit focusing on how to enable girls and women to live free from violence and discrimination and achieve their potential. But what do 13-year-old girls aspire to? What holds them back? What would they change if they were president? We asked girls from Colombia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda and the UK to share insights into their daily lives, from breakfast to homework, and reveal the world they want to see

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 05:12:01

The UN Development Programme chief will be online to answer your questions on poverty, war, the climate and gender equality

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) fights poverty and gender inequality, helps to build democratic societies, and deals with crisis prevention and recovery in more than 170 countries.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Jul 24 2014, 01:00:01

Pace of development slows, according to human development report 2014, as conflict and natural disasters take their toll

What do you want to ask UNDP head Helen Clark?

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July 23 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 09:48:32

Appetite for African rosewood has driven a surge in illegal deforestation that threatens to destabilise local communities

Between March and May, during the cashew harvesting season, it is typical to see trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau's capital, waiting to offload their cargo on to ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially as demand for the nut has plummeted.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 07:42:53

Gender equality is not straightforward. Let's look beyond targets and tick-boxes, and explore the complexity of women's lives

The UK government and Unicef, the UN children's agency, hosted the world's first Girl Summit in London this week to drum up support for a campaign to end child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), practices affecting millions of girls around the globe.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 02:00:07

Medical NGO treats thousands of forced labour and rape survivors as militias target civilians in Orientale province

Men, women and children are being kidnapped and held for months as slaves by militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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July 22 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:46:00

Female genital mutilation and child marriage still prevalent in parts of global south, but Kenya making 'huge progress' on FGM through community action

Girls in parts of the global south continue to be married young, with more than half of girls in the least developed countries wed before their 18th birthday. The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) also remains high, with more than 90% of women in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt and Sierra Leone undergoing the procedure.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:01:00

Since 1996, the UN children's agency has been working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia, which has the highest prevalence of the practice in the world. A recent survey of Somali women revealed that 98% of respondents had been been circumcised, a procedure that can result in infection, infertility and even death. Unicef's campaign has tackled FGM from a religious, community and cultural perspective. Here, a former "cutter", a community leader, and a teenager who narrowly escaped circumcision explain why the practice should be eradicated Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 07:11:17

The trauma of battling an epidemic, NGOs accuse western countries of exploiting Africa, and warts-and-all tales on Haiti

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 02:00:03

Child marriage is driven by social norms that accord girls little value: we need legal and social change, and the money to make it happen

A few years ago, there would not have been a girl summit on child marriage. Many people dismissed the practice as tradition or too tricky a problem to overcome, so the issue never made it to the top of the agenda. While many still think these things, the world has come a long way in tackling the issue.

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