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Human Trafficking Report Shows All Forms Must Be Addressed

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 15, 2007

World Vision commends the U.S. State Department’s continued efforts to identify and combat human trafficking throughout the world through the recent release of the seventh annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).

The TIP report is a vital instrument in the U.S. government’s commitment to develop policies that fight human trafficking, highlight progress on the issue and encourage foreign governments to take effective action. This report must be matched by sufficient political will to hold all nations accountable for human trafficking violations.

“Otherwise, the TIP Report risks becoming a mere footnote in the fight to end modern-day slavery,” said Joseph Mettimano, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization focused on helping children and their communities worldwide.

This year’s report also recognizes the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament’s abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Still, slavery continues in today’s world. World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is among those working around the globe to stop the trade in human lives.

Human trafficking is the unwilling transport of human beings across borders. It takes many forms, such as commercial sexual exploitation, child soldiering, debt bondage, servitude on the high seas, involuntary domestic labor and brokered marriages. Each year, as many as 800,000 people are transported from one country to another to be used in the commercial sex trade, forced labor or domestic service. Eight out of 10 of those are women and girls. An estimated two million children are enslaved in the global sex trade.

The report’s tier rankings include countries that have violations involving both sex trafficking and trafficking child soldiers. The recently introduced Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007 (CSPA) is intended to curb use of child soldiers, in concert with State Department reporting on violations. U.S. lawmakers must pass this legislation to prohibit taxpayer dollars from aiding militaries that victimize children by using them as soldiers and sex slaves.

“Passing the Child Soldiers Prevention Act is one such step the U.S. government must implement as they hold other nations accountable for their efforts to address all forms of modern day slavery,” says Mettimano.

World Vision has responded to the sex trafficking problem by protecting the vulnerable through education, aftercare and alternative livelihoods. One such program is a Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where hundreds of girls have recovered from their abuse. In its first nine years, the program has served 650 girls ages eight to 18, and successfully reintegrated 520 with their families or communities, or arranged foster or small group homes.

World Vision also helps U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field attachés identify Americans who abuse children in other countries and gather information that could lead to their prosecution and conviction. In addition, World Vision collaborates with destination-country law enforcement and government agencies dedicated to protecting children, to develop more efficient reporting and investigation procedures.

For additional information, please visit http://www.seekjustice.org

Press Contact:

Anne Duffy

UK Proud to Protect Young Refugees, Says Red Cross Report


London UK (PRWEB) June 15, 2008

New research published today shows two thirds of people living in Britain are proud the UK provides a safe haven for refugee children fleeing persecution, but there remains widespread confusion about the issue of asylum, with many people grossly exaggerating the numbers of asylum seekers residing in the UK.

The research revealed 18 per cent of respondents believed the UK hosts more than half of the world’s asylum seekers – in fact the figure is less than 3 per cent of the 9.9 million refugees in the world (about 302,000 people), according to UNHCR statistics.

The ICM poll was commissioned by the British Red Cross to explore people’s perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers in the run-up to Refugee Week 2008, which this year takes places from the 16-22 June.

In 2006, 3,245 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children aged 17 or under claimed asylum in the UK, with the majority of them coming from Afghanistan (30%), Iran (10%), Eritrea (10%) and Somalia (8%). Reasons included the death of their parents, detention and torture, forced recruitment as child soldiers, persecution due to ethnic group, or the political activities of their family.

The Red Cross supports refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children to adjust to life in this country, make friends and access essential services such as health care and education. The Red Cross can even put young people back in touch with lost family members through its international tracing and message service.

Charles (17), originally from Cameroon, sought refuge in the UK just over a year ago. He said: “My mum and dad were both killed because of their involvement in politics. I went to live with my uncle, but our lawyer told me it was no longer safe to stay”. Alone in Manchester, he found out about a Red Cross peer education project, which helped him make friends and provided training in peer befriending and first aid. Charles now teaches first aid to other young people and is studying law at City College Manchester.

To mark Refugee Week 2008, the British Red Cross is launching a UK-wide social networking campaign supported by actor Dougray Scott. The campaign will give young refugees and asylum seekers like Charles a platform to tell their story through video diaries, which will be showcased through sites such as Facebook, Bebo and YouTube, as well as the British Red Cross Refugee Week website.

Dougray explains: “Young people – including children who may have arrived in Britain alone and without their family – can be particularly vulnerable. Some have experienced violence and trauma and need extra support. The Red Cross helps them access essential services and find their way around.”

British Red Cross staff and volunteers throughout the UK will be taking part in Refugee Week by holding events and activities, from comedy nights to workshops in schools.

Nick-Scott Flynn, head of British Red Cross refugee services, said: “The Red Cross Movement protects people fleeing conflict throughout the world and that includes those who arrive in the UK. Refugees make an enormous contribution to the UK, socially, culturally and economically, and Refugee Week is a chance to celebrate that fact.”

Notes to editors

The research results show many people significantly overestimate the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Only 11% of those surveyed got the correct figure of 3%, whilst 18% of people asked thought the UK was home to over 50% of the world’s population of asylum seekers. Despite this, two thirds of people in the UK (66%) say they are proud that the UK provides a safe haven for young refugees fleeing persecution.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 2,068 adults aged 18+ by telephone between 21st -25th May 2008. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at the ICM website.

Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events to celebrate the positive contribution refugees make to the UK and encourage a better understanding between communities. This year, it takes place between 16 – 22 June.

The Red Cross believes that young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children should be treated as children first and migrants second, and therefore deserve the same respect, consideration and rights as all other young people.

The video diaries are by young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children aged 16-24 from Somalia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Ivory Coast and Cameroon and can be viewed at the British Red Cross Refugee Week website

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

Case studies and photos are available, and interviews can be arranged on request.

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NextAdvisor.com Launches “Equifax Credit Report Guide”

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 2, 2008

NextAdvisor.com, a leading consumer information resource, today launched a free online how-to guide designed to help consumers read, analyze and dispute information on their Equifax credit report. The guide is the second in a series that the company will publish focusing on explaining credit reports offered by the major credit reporting bureaus including Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

The guide is available for free on the NextAdvisor.com Daily blog at: http://www.nextadvisor.com/blog/2008/06/30/how-to-read-analyze-and-dispute-your-equifax-credit-report/

“It’s so important for everyone to understand their credit report and FICO score,” said NextAdvisor.com’s Associate Editor, Caitlin Podiak. “Equifax is unique in that they are the only credit reporting agency that offers a three bureau credit report, a FICO score and a FICO score simulator. Our Equifax credit report guide should help consumers interpret this useful information.”

The guide walks through each section of an Equifax credit report and explains its purpose in clear, straight-forward language. It also educates consumers on how to identify potential errors on their credit report and dispute credit report inaccuracies with Equifax.

NextAdvisor.com has already published an Experian credit report guide and plans on publishing a TransUnion credit report guide later this month.

The company has also published informative user guides focused on child identity theft protection and preventing identity theft on popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. Those guides may be found here: http://www.nextadvisor.com/blog/category/nextadvisor-guides/

About NextAdvisor.com:

NextAdvisor.com is the trusted, independent source for comparing the most valuable new services. The company’s mission is to help consumers save money and improve their lives by presenting them with useful comparisons and reviews of service providers along with a clear explanation of each service and how it works.

NextAdvisor.com currently reviews, compares and explains many different types of services including credit report and monitoring, identity theft protection, voice over IP, diet plans, DVD rental and movie download, online education, online tax preparation and online backup. The company’s reviews and comparisons are available for free at nextadvisor.com.

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Struggling Schools Report A Bigger Piece of Federal Funding Pie

Torrance, CA (PRWEB) December 9, 2008

Struggling school districts are capitalizing on a system that helps to improve their means of identifying poor students, while protecting their privacy. This is enabling districts to establish accurate accounting records in order to qualify for maximum state and federal funding.

Recent studies have shown that schools suffer from insufficient funding when they fail to qualify every student who is entitled to a free and reduced lunch at the school cafeteria. With this new system in place, administrators and parents can also keep track of balances and student eating habits.

The new biometric identification technology from Food Service Solutions (FSS) of Altoona, Pennsylvania speeds up the verification process of all registered students so that food service lines move faster. Also, since there is no need to carry cash for payment — students can pre-pay meals — no student stands out as either eligible for free and reduced lunch or not.

The FSS biometric technology system has succeeded, in part, because it makes laborious — and sometimes ineffective — administrative tasks so much easier. The new system also makes it easier for student and staff customers to pre-pay for meals. The system offers a good way of tracking that money. Parents can go online, via the MySchoolAccount.com feature and see when their child has eaten, and if they have money in their account. If there’s a question, they can print out an accurate statement to clarify.

Sometimes, with older accounting systems, the truth is plain as day and unintentionally segregates poor school children from the throng. Rather than pay with cash, students eligible for free and reduced lunch are issued vouchers or ID cards that, when presented at meal time, immediately identified their economic status. The embarrassment causes some students to do without food rather than be seen as less fortunate.

The older accounting system was not user-friendly either. School officials could not see personal account balances as each student went through the line as they can with the new biometric technology. Instead, to check balances, administrators would have to print out an entire list of lunch accounts at the end of the day.

Also, while the card-carrying system kept the background of each student confidential, it created other problems. On days when they did not intend to eat lunch, some students would loan their cards to friends. As a result, cards were often lost or stolen and replacing them created more work for already busy school officials.

Answering the question “How poor are you?” may seem unsavory. But school districts that don’t properly assess the economic status of its student populations will have no luck sweetening the pot when requesting federal and state funds. As a result, schools facing rising food costs coupled with budget shortfalls have been forced to hike food service prices for paying students and rely more heavily on less nutritious processed food.

For more information contact:

Robert Gray

rgray at foodserve dot com

FSS Inc.

Altoona, PA 16601;

Phone: (814) 949-2037

Fax (814) 946-7572

http://www.foodserve.com

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Real Kids Photography Launches New Site with Free Report


Dewitt, MI (PRWEB) June 22, 2009

Real Kids Photography announced today that they are launching a new website and offering a free report via an E-book titled, The 6 Essential Tips Everyone Should Know When Photographing Children. The E-book is written by Real Kids, LLC owner and life-long child photographer, Betty A. Muscott.

“We recognize that many parents are not satisfied with the traditional posed studio portraits,” said Ms. Muscott. “Instead, more and more parents want to learn about photographing their own children. With today’s digital cameras parents can take hundreds of photos of their children and simply choose to keep and print the ones they want.”

The free E-book can be obtained by visiting Real Kids Photography and clicking on the appropriate box.

John White, spokesman for Real Kids Photography, notes that “Within minutes parents will have all the information they need to educate themselves on how to improve their photography skills and get the natural expressions they want for quality photos of their children.” Totally free, the only thing necessary to receive the E-book is to complete a simple form and press the “Send it Now!” button. Once the request has been confirmed download of the book is immediately available.

“This free E-book provides valuable lessons learned over the years” said Ms. Muscott, who has been taking children’s photographs for many years. The oldest of five children growing up on a dairy farm in Michigan, Ms. Muscott earned money babysitting in order to purchase the first thing she ever really wanted in life – a camera. At that very moment, a young aspiring photographer was born. Ms. Muscott has taken thousands of children’s photographs since then and has learned something new with each one. Her free E-book will assist parents in doing the same.

Twenty first century technology and digital photography have given Ms. Muscott new avenues to create, educate and share the art of photographing children. Both the free E-book and child photography blog available on the new website are just a couple of those new avenues. Also available is a bi-weekly email feature that will provide photography tips to help increase parent’s ability to make better pictures of their children.

“This free E-book will assist people in making quality photographs of their children now, so they can enjoy them in the future,” said Ms. Muscott. “Learning how to photograph children is an excellent way to preserve generations of fond memories and family history, and this makes for a great deal of joy.”

The new website offers, in addition to the free E-book, information on ways for parents to share, protect and display photos of their kids. Also included is information about free photo contests, ways to use these precious photographs to create personalized gifts, and tips on finding the right digital camera equipment for parents to use in photographing their children.

Ms. Muscott also recommends an excellent digital photography course which can be previewed with a free demonstration of the digital interactive photography course. Mr. White notes that this new website “is a one-stop shopping venue on how to photograph children.”

In business since 2005, Real Kids Photography is located in “The Cozy Forest” at 4234 Driftwood Drive, DeWitt, Michigan. To receive the free E-book and learn more about the services Real Kids Photography offers call toll-free 1-866-440-2461or visit their website at Real Kids Photography.

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New Home Hair Drug Test to Detect for Prescription Drugs & Usage Frequency HairConfirm Is First Test of Its Kind to Report Low/Medium/High Usage


San Diego (Vocus) June 30, 2009

A new home-based hair follicle drug test kit called HairConfirm Prescription can detect drug and prescription use as well as usage frequency for up to 90 days, equipping parents with a valuable new tool for combating substance abuse. Developed by Biotech Company Confirm BioSciences, and now available in the UK, the test overcomes the limitations of two- or three-day saliva or urine screenings that enable users to escape detection by avoiding drug use for a short period. It is also the first home hair test to report the amount of each chemical detected as well as whether the results indicate low, medium or high usage.

I can tell you first hand how easy it is for families to dismiss the visible signs of drug abuse in a loved one, said Leigh Lehmann, a HairConfirm customer who purchased the kit for a family member. But numbers dont lie, and the detailed information provided by this product will help bring people together to deal with it. I wish I had done this years ago!

HairConfirm Prescription is the first of its kind, and tests for 12 different types of illegal and prescription drugs The product measures the molecules embedded inside the hair shaft, eliminating external contamination as a source of a positive result. Since hair growth is fed by the bloodstream, the ingestion of drugs of abuse is revealed by analyzing a lock of hair. HairConfirm test results cannot be altered with shampoos, bleaches or other external chemicals.

The advantages of HairConfirm over urine-based, at-home drug testing kits include:

New Report Shows District Leadership and Support are Key to Empowering Teachers to Use Web 2.0


Bakersfield, CA and Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 17, 2009

New research indicates educators view Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education and meet 21st century learning goals, but district leadership and support are critical to ensure safe and effective use. Commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc. and netTrekker, the Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 World white paper from Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), an independent research firm, offers a picture of Web 2.0 use in education through an analysis of several recent research studies, and outlines the implications for educators.

The white paper is part of a multi-year initiative launched in fall 2008 by Lightspeed Systems, a school network security and management software provider, and netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources. The initiatives goal is to help schools maximize the learning opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 tools, while ensuring a safe, secure educational environment.

The report serves as a comprehensive source of information to guide districts in using Internet technologies to promote collaborative, participatory learning. An easy-to-use checklist provides prompts for meaningful discussions among district stakeholders, helping them apply new research results by reflecting, analyzing, and making decisions about their current and future uses of Web 2.0 technologies. Education leaders can also refer to the extensive list of recommended resources, research studies, best practices, and policies in the report to support the decision-making process.

IESD researchers analyzed findings from studies they conducted for Lightspeed Systems and netTrekker, and reports from the Consortium of School Networking and Project Tomorrow, among others. Research findings show that district technology directors play a key leadership role in driving adoption of Web 2.0 and supporting teachers in the effective use of these technologies. In their roles as change agents, district technology directors connect educators with technology by working collaboratively with curriculum leaders, educating district staff about the use of technology to support learning, guiding selection of appropriate technologies, and providing the core technology infrastructure. In turn, technology directors look to the vendor community to provide affordable technologies and Web 2.0 services in a protected environment, like a walled garden.

Other key findings detailed in the white paper indicate:

WHO World Malaria Report Shows Aid Efforts Are Working

Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 17, 2009

According to the World Health Organization’s World Malaria Report 2009 released earlier this week, more than one third of affected countries included in the study have witnessed reduction in malaria cases by more than 50 percent between 2000 and 2008. The report, which compiles information gathered from malaria programs in 108 countries, highlights considerable progress in the fight against malaria since the turn of the decade.

These improvements are attributed to a vast increase in international funding for malaria efforts over the past four years, which more than doubled from $ 730 million to $ 1.7 billion. However, malaria advocates in Washington cautioned that unless funding continues to increase, programs will fall well short of 2010 targets for universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in 2015. According to the Global Malaria Action Plan, $ 6.2 billion is needed in 2010 alone to fully fund the package of malaria interventions necessary to meet the Roll Back Malaria goals that will save the lives of mothers and children worldwide.

“Malaria is one of the best investments we have in global health,” said Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, the U.S. Malaria Coordinator. “We must build on successes we have seen in places like Rwanda, Zambia and Zanzibar, where effective partnership and proven tools like insecticide-treated mosquito nets, spraying of homes with safe, effective insecticides and malaria diagnosis and treatment worked together to dramatically reduce deaths and illness. And as we continue to make progress in the fight against malaria, we make important gains toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals related to poverty reduction, child survival, maternal health and reducing malaria deaths.”

Bolstered by the new data from WHO, malaria advocates in the U.S. have requested that the U.S. government allocate $ 924 million for bilateral malaria funding; $ 200 million for research, development and technical assistance; and $ 1.75 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in appropriations for fiscal year 2011. Advocates also applauded the ongoing commitment of the Obama Administration and Congress to expand malaria programming, demonstrated by the recent approval of $ 585 million for bilateral assistance for malaria and an additional $ 1.05 billion in support of the Global Fund.

The United States remains a global leader in the fight against malaria. Last year alone, the President’s Malaria Initiative reached 32 million people with lifesaving prevention or treatment services, while direct funding from the U.S. has helped the Global Fund distribute 104 million ITNs to protect families and provide treatment to 74 million individuals suffering with malaria.

Visit the World Health Organization’s Web site for more information on the World Malaria Report 2009.

This effort sponsored collectively by the following malaria community partners:

Development Finance International

Global Health Council

Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs

Malaria No More

PSI

Syngenta

World Vision

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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New Report Shows Investment in Malaria Prevention Paying Off: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children’s Lives Saved

Washington DC (PRWEB) September 14, 2010

A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health.

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) – reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.

The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.

Malaria causes over 850,000 deaths per year worldwide, the majority of deaths in Africa where the disease accounts for almost 20% of all child deaths. Malaria also threatens the health of pregnant women. In sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 10,000 pregnant women die each year of malaria-related causes, mainly anemia.

Massive increases in the availability of insecticide treated nets have been recorded in the last few years. However, directly measuring the impact of insecticide nets, treatments, and other malaria control efforts is difficult as health information systems remain weak and the majority of malaria deaths are not properly recorded.

The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) – developed to be used across major childhood diseases – is being applied to malaria prevention across Africa. The report provides the first assessment of lives saved based on the level of coverage achieved with currently available malaria prevention tools. Although this does not include data on lives saved from diagnosis and treatment, and is likely to be an underestimate, the results show just how much progress has been made.

“The findings from this report clearly show the efficacy of our efforts to save lives, especially among children in Africa,” says Professor Awa Coll Seck, RBM Partnership Executive Director. “This is a vital tool which can help strengthen country planning and guide us all as we focus on 2015.”

Findings from the report also show that the number of rural households protected by either insecticide-treated nets or indoor residual spraying has increased significantly, especially in the latter half of this decade. The report estimates that malaria funding in 2010 could result in 500 more children alive every day.

“This report demonstrates the critical importance of malaria control efforts to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015” states Dr. Robert Newman, director of the Global Malaria Program at WHO. “Without continued investment in malaria, reaching the MDG for child survival is unlikely to be reached in Africa.”

“While we’ve made great progress, much work remains,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. “To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate our efforts to expand not only malaria prevention and treatment, but also a broad range of community-based health services. The Administration’s Global Health Initiative is helping partner countries achieve major advances through innovation, integration, and improved health service delivery in countries.”

Progress made in controlling malaria is still very fragile. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the largest funder of malaria control programs worldwide, will hold its third replenishment meeting in November 2010, where governments will make financial pledges which may well determine if the malaria-related MDGs can be achieved.

About Roll Back Malaria

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals is the third in the Progress & Impact Series of reports published by the RBM Partnership. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It provides a neutral platform for consensus-building and developing solutions to challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies. RBM is a public-private partnership that also facilitates the incubation of new ideas and lends support to innovative approaches.

The Partnership promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. Founded by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and UNDP and strengthened by the expertise, resources, and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, the Partnership secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.

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New UNFPA Report Links Peace, Security and Development to Womens Rights and Empowerment


London (Vocus) October 20, 2010

When women have access to the same rights and opportunities as men, they are more resilient to conflict and disaster and can lead reconstruction and renewal efforts in their societies, according to The State of World Population 2010, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The reports release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security Councils landmark resolution 1325, which aimed to put a stop to sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict and to encourage greater participation by women in peacebuilding initiatives.

When women and girls suffer deep discrimination, they are more vulnerable to the worst effects of disaster or war, including rape, and less likely to contribute to peacebuilding, which threatens long-term recovery, said UNFPAs Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid at the launch of the report.

Through the stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda, the report shows how communities and civil society are healing old wounds and moving forward. However, more still needs to be done to ensure that women have access to services and have a voice in peace deals or reconstruction plans.

Security Council resolutions guide the international communitys response to conflict and establish the framework for actions to protect women and assure their participation in peacebuilding and reconciliation, but they are not a substitute for grass-roots efforts to empower women and to build long-term resilience to crises of any sort, Ms. Obaid wrote in the foreword to the report.

Governments need to seize opportunities arising out of post-conflict recovery or emerging from natural disasters to increase the chances that countries are not just rebuilt, but built back better and renewed, with women and men on equal footing, with rights and opportunities for all and a foundation for development and security in the long run, the report argues.

While conflict and disaster can worsen inequalities between men and women, Ms. Obaid said, recovery from conflict and disaster also presents a unique opportunityan opportunity to rectify inequalities, ensure equal protection under the law, and create space for positive change.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Kollodge, tel. +1 212 297 4992

Omar Gharzeddine, tel. +1 212 297 5028

http://www.unfpa.org

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