In a village surrounded by African bush, where it is ‘normal’ for men to have three wives and 15 children to call their own; a place entrapped in Tonga-tribe traditions, peppered with Catholic ideology, it is a wonder that women have any say at all.
But after meeting women at the Kariyangwe Parish Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) group, Bi
Lima, the capital of Peru, is the second largest city in the world located in a desert, after Cairo in Egypt. Yet the Rímac, Chillón and Lurín rivers, which form the main water source for Lima, have an average water volume of just one percent of the water in the Nile.
Progressio partner FEDOMU (Federacion Dominicana de Municipios) has drawn on its successful work to mainstream gender in local government policy and practice to publish a guide for national use.
The tool, which encourages greater consideration of gender issues and equality within development planning and programmes, was launched at a ceremony attended by key
No sooner had I arrived in Zimbabwe than I realised how much tougher life is simply being a woman. There are many burdens faced by women in Zimbabwe: they are the breadwinners, they provide food and water for the family, collect firewood, take care of the children and the sick and are central to family life. But despite playing such a significant role in society, wo
Philemon Handinahama is a Progressio development worker working for the National Faith-Based Council of Zimbabwe (NFBCZ) to inform and influence opinion-formers within the churches to promote a greater understanding of gender issues, stigma and discrimination, and to reduce violent sexual behaviour towards women in the context of HIV and AIDS. Phil
Progressio's country representative in Yemen, Abeer Al-Absi, writes about the elections held on 21 February 2012:
Today, as I voted, I felt part of a Yemeni nation eager for democratic state-building.
In this period of transition for Yemen, support from the international community is crucial to secure a peaceful and stable future for ord
As Yemenis go to the polls (on Tuesday 21 February 2012), many are optimistic that change is coming and there's no going back.
Shuffling chairs or real change?
Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the only candidate in the running, is expected to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh after over 30 years - in Yemen that's half of an average lifetime
Citizen participation for sustainability in El Salvador
“Towns, municipalities, countries … nowhere moves forward if women don’t participate. Between all of us, we create development.”
These were the words of my fellow Progressio development worker María Martínez in the closing ceremony of a competition to promote women’s participation in
Progressio development worker Juan Carlos González Díaz reports from the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Friday morning. 37 degrees in the shade. A clear sky with the sun melting heads. It is market day in Dajabón.