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Year 2012

Case Study - Czech Official Development Assistance: displacement of gender at home and men’s empowerment in Angola

Gender equality is embraced by the international community as the cornerstone of sustainable development and remedy against poverty and social exclusion. The Czech Republic is very vocal on human rights but this study looks into how the Czech commitment towards gender equality is put into practice. While gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment represent well refined conceptual tools used in development practice, their integration into national policies and strategies remains a big challenge. In the new Czech strategy these concepts are effectively skeletonised and their transformative potential is sent into exile. Similarly, in the projects’ cycle proceedings gender reflection is treated as an obstacle to be avoided and local gender power relations as out of reach. But probably the most depressing situation is revealed by a scrutiny of the long-term educational programme in Angola, mainly because its three subsequent projects lead to massive men’s empowerment despite data from various sources showing apparent gender inequality. Do we really want to take part in development assistance of this kind? If not, then there is a lot to do in terms of raising general awareness and knowledge of gender issues in the Czech development assistance strategies, policies and implementation in order to achieve its higher political, financial and thematic prioritization in the next few years and in the oncoming programming period.

Football for Development Campaign kicks for a better world, come and kick with us!

On the 15th June 2012 six young people from Kenya along with six young people from the Czech Republic will form one football team and start the 7th year of Football for Dvelopment campaign. During one month they will tour various regions in the Czech Republic and play football matches with teams composed of representatives from state, nonprofit and private sectors and celebrities. Apart from football visitors will enjoy interactive workshops, discussions, documentary films, exhibition and street performances. The campaign is supported by Czech football stars Tomáš Ujfaluši and David Rozehnal.

The campaign raises awarness about the global issues and motivates public to get involved. "Global problems as a topic are still very abstract and distant for many of us, that is what we are trying to change with this campaign. Through creating a space for young people from Kenya and the Czech Republic we want the ideas to have real shape and story. Football ground is also a great opportunity to introduce some principles of international development cooperation such as partnership, dialogue and mutual responsibility," says Lucie Juříková, Campaign coordinator.

During campaign`s Football Action Days general public may find out a link between countries such as Kenya, Bangladesh and Peru through an exhibition. The day offers to look at how our daily habits can affect the lives of people all around the world, whether as citizens, consumers, volunteers, donors or businessesmen. People can participate in interactive workshops and discuss controversial topics with young people including those from Kenya's Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), whose mission is to empower young people to fulfil their potential and improve their lives and their communities through sport.

The campaign is organised by INEX - Association for Voluntary Activities in cooperation with youth work and community development organisations. It is supported by the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the Programme of International Development Cooperation.
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Women and Agriculture in Africa
Women and Agriculture in Africa

Glopolis, May 2012

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Glopolis issued new briefing paper on the role of women in African agriculture.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges the integrity and essential dignity of all human beings. Still, in too many cases women´s rights are more limited than those of men. The situation is particularly burdensome for women living in rural areas in developing countries, where they are often unable to exercise their economic and social rights. At the same time, the majority of the world´s hungry people live in rural areas where most of the food consumed locally is produced by women.

Days against Poverty

Also in the year 2012 we resumed our campaign. There is a lot of causes of extreme poverty so it is not possible to cover all at once and in detail. Therefore, the campaign each year focus on a selected number of topics - in 2012 on the following topics:

  • Corporate responsibility
  • The right to food
  • Energy for All by 2030
  • Basic education available to all children of the world
  • Tax havens.

Based on the positive experiences from the implementation of the annual Days against Poverty we spread activities in recent years to the 'mobilization autumn days' in the period from September 1 or 5 to October 17 or more according to the relevant UN events , etc. with several peaks (the main date is October 17 "International Day for the Eradication of Poverty"). Is gives best chances of the involvement of a wide range of organizations across the country. In 2012 we have peak terms as follows: September 5 Opening day, October 5 International Teachers' Day, October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and December 10 Human Rights Day.

Objectives of days:

  • raise awareness of the campaign (content, objectives, possibilities of participation and support)
  • gain awareness and support to the MDGs in general and explain why it is important that the Czech Republic continues to help even when is facing the impacts of the crisis
  • attract media attention (to the campaign and its contents)
  • put pressure on politicians

Days against Poverty took place in the period from September to December. More than 60 events were held in the following cities: Brno, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov, Havířov, Hrádek nad Nisou, Cheb, Chrudim, Jihlava, Karlovy Vary, Karviná, Olomouc, Opava, Ostrava, Pardubice, Praha, Prostějov, Třinec, Valašské Meziříčí, Velké Hamry, Volyně, Vsetín, Zlín, Žďár nad Sázavou.

Events had different forms - information stands, public meetings, concerts, information days in organizations and institutions, street events and happenings, activities for children and their parents. All often combined with information about fair trade, including the offer of fair trade products.

Photogallery (65 pictures)

Every person on this planet consumes an amount of energy, corresponding to the equivalent of more than 1,6 tons of oil per year. While about 2 billion people do not have access to any source of electric energy at all. Goal 7

Goal 7
Ensure environmental sustainability

Illustrations to MDGs were created by students of Hollar Graphic School in Prague