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Civic panel - how to engage the unengaged

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 11.17.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

It resembles a jury in a US court. The civic panel, a social innovation in a public consultation process, is Gdansk's new initiative for boosting enga...

From where I stand: Raja Shahwan

UN Women | Posted 11.04.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Raja Shahwan. Photo: UN Women/Ezz Zannoun I insisted on completing my Bachelors’ degree while I was already married...

Women break down gender stereotypes after Ecuador earthquake

UN Women | Posted 10.12.2016 | Women
UN Women

International Day for Disaster Reduction Crossposted from UN Women. On 16 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Ecaudor, impacting 720,000 people, hal...

Moldovan women make history as political leaders

UN Women | Posted 09.27.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. “At university when I presented myself as a Roma, my colleagues’ facial expressions changed. One teacher even asked, wh...

Contributing to a safe migration and decent work for women in Nepal

UN Women | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Dawa Dolma Tamang migrated from rural Nepal to Abu Dhabi because she wanted to improve her livelihood and support her famil...

Gaining women's political representation and leadership in rural China

UN Women | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Working at the grassroots level, a programme in the world’s most populous country successfully trained young women to r...

From where I stand: Khet Kumari Ghimere

UN Women | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Photo: UN Women/Pradeep Shakya When I was 21, I went to Kuwait to work as a domestic helper. I loved children and the ...

From Where I Stand: Florah Maswanganyi

UN Women | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
UN Women

Florah Maswanganyi, 54, is a farmer from Giyani Village in Limpopo province, South Africa.

Migrant Women Of Vietnam Advocate For Social Protection And Rights

UN Women | Posted 08.29.2016 | Women
UN Women

The first community-based network for migrant women in Viet Nam set up by the programme now has 33 members, who facilitate regular group meetings with local migrant women.

From Where I Stand: Flor Isava-Fonseca

UN Women | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Photo: EFE/Miguel Gutierrez for UN Women When I was elected to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committe...

From where I stand: Sinet Seap

UN Women | Posted 08.10.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Sinet Seap with her former youth organization Youth Resource Development Programme and their volunteers. Photo: UN Women/M...

Recovering ancestral farming techniques to combat climate change and empower indigenous women in Peru

UN Women | Posted 08.10.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. To combat the impact of climate change, the indigenous women of Laramate in Peru have turned to ancestral farming technique...

A second chance after Nepal earthquake

UN Women | Posted 08.05.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Maali Gurung, 62, was trapped under rubble for days when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, killing her...

Innovative bottom-up solutions to tackle urban poverty

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau Cities around the world have been experimenting participatory processes - in peace building, mapping, and ensuring women's safe...

Future Is to Be Invented Not to Be Figured Out

Kasia Jamroz | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kasia Jamroz

I like to think of life as of a voyage without destination yet with many possible directions.

Schools, parks, libraries, public housing? How would you like to spend 2,9M EUR?

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

For four years now the city of Gdansk has been engaging in a very ambitious local democracy project: a participatory budgeting; a process in which cit...

Where Are the Girls?

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

While women's empowerment is crucial, girls' empowerment is also one of the most promising strategies we have to achieve sustainable development. Ensuring that girls are healthy, educated, and enabled to speak out for their own rights is key to creating a better world - for girls, their families, communities, and countries.

8 Reasons College Students Turn Away From Church

Bob Smith | Posted 02.16.2017 | Religion
Bob Smith

Working in higher education, I have seen the decline in the number of college students participating in worship services and other religious activities. So I asked both religious and non-religious students why this was happening.

Learning to Win

Aaron Weinbaum | Posted 02.04.2017 | Parents
Aaron Weinbaum

People think athletes are just about sports and ability. No way. An "athlete" in my opinion is somebody that stands out, no matter what it is they choose to do. I always tell kids the same thing -- it does not matter whether you are good at certain things or not.

It's A Wonderful Election, American Voter

John A. Tures | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

The American voter stood out over a bridge on Christmas Eve, a crumpled newspaper in one hand. "Why does it seem like the world's problems are too bi...

Local Participation Integral to SDG Implementation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Some of the reasons for the limited success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) include lack of local participation and the top-down approach of the MDGs, without focusing on local needs and preferences.

No, Students Do Not Really "Hate School Lunches"

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 09.29.2016 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

By now many of you have likely read "Why Students Hate School Lunches," by Kate Murphy in this week's New York Times Sunday Review. Here's my one word reaction to the piece: GAH!!!!

Happiness is Life's Participation Medal

Steve Zanella | Posted 09.02.2016 | Parents
Steve Zanella

Here is my question: How do you really win at life? What makes you a winner? Is it the amount of money you make, how famous you become or if other people want to be like you? How do you define winning when it comes to living?

In Defense of Participation Trophies

Richard Greenberg | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

When you're nine years old, it's probable that your best isn't going to be good enough. Maybe when you're that age the functions associated with being on a team, learning to accept that other people play before you and that you're not cut out to be an athlete may actually be your best.

The Right Way To Encourage Introverts To Speak Up In School

Quiet Revolution | John Spencer | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

This story is one of three that we’re featuring on the question of class participation. For other perspectives, see “Participation Penalizes Quiet...