Gag to the Global Gag Rule and the forces that reinstated it

January 23, 2017 marks the day that the Trump Administration reinstated the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. This act of injustice strips all US funding from foreign aid groups, who not only provides abortions, but also educates and advocates for the service. Georgia Venner is working as Health Education Programme Manager with Jamaica Family Planning Association/FAMPLAN in Jamaica.

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Profile of an M&E Officer

Every day at CALID I learn something new. Even after four months I am constantly learning new things about Ghana, its history, its people, and the social and economic challenges that CALID is working to change. I learn these things through my work and from my friends and co-workers here in the office, like Alhassan. Travis Jacox is working as a Resource Mobilization and Management Specialist with Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID) in Tamale, Ghana.

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Cookin’ up something sabroso with Mama Nina

Only with a ridiculous amount of luck can one find an empty stool at Doña Severina’s booth. Better known as Doña Seve to her acquaintances and friends, knowledge of her incredible abilities in the kitchen is widespread throughout town. Carolina Malloy is working as a Community Facilitator with Sociedad Salesiana in Bolivia.

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Navigating a strange healthcare system and the importance of self-care

Self-care means different things in different contexts, but in this case I mean making time to rest, recover and take care of yourself so that you can get or stay happy and healthy and put in your best effort. Taryn Husband is working as an Intern in sexual and gender-based violence and criminal justice with Gender, Health and Justice Research UnitUniversity of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Young female parlimentarians

Women empowerment initiatives are a major focus of NORSAAC and represent a key advocacy area for organizations in Ghana’s Northern Region. Aimed at promoting confidence and capacity building, the Young Female Parliamentarian (YFP) program helps young girls to participate in decision making roles and foster leadership skills. Natasha Mooney is working as a Resource Mobilization and Management Specialist with Northern Sector Action on Awareness Centre (NORSAAC) in Tamale, Ghana.

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Musings of a dietitian in Kampala

As a dietitian, food is often top of mind whenever I travel somewhere new. I make a point of visiting grocery stores and markets to compare prices and check out the range and diversity of products. Uganda has a completely different food culture to Canada, specifically Northern Canada, where I was living prior to this internship.These are some of my observations. Emily Murray is working as an Intern in Food & Nutrition with Food Rights Alliance in Kampala, Uganda.

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Jamaica and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In October 2016, the Jamaican Administration began the process of creating a roadmap to guide the implementation of the SDGs on the Island. Over the week of October 24-28, the government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mainstreaming Acceleration Policy Support (MAPS) Mission Team led a series of consultations with private sector, government institutions, and civil society organizations, to collectively assess the most pressing needs of the Jamaican people, obstacles to social, economic, and environmental prosperity on the Island, and solutions to overcoming them. Manal Rajan is working as a Health Administrator intern with Jamaica Family Planning Association/FAMPLAN in St. Ann’s Parish, Jamaica.

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The story of Nicholas Kee

I recently sat down with Nicholas Kee, a 22 year-old local entrepreneur who has built multiple start-ups, spoken at conferences and travelled the world. He is currently the founder of Next Gen Creators, a non-profit, which aims to teach youth in the Caribbean how to code. Zoe Chung is working as a  Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Specialist with Eve for Life in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Single Issue Allies

Recently, Taryn and I attended a conference hosted by Gender Dynamix, Iranti-org and the Gender Health and Justice Research Unit on Gender Affirming Healthcare... The goal of the conference was to bring healthcare providers from different countries in Southern Africa together in a space where they could learn about the range of barriers that transgender persons experience when accessing health and healthcare services and how we can make strides in addressing those barriers. Agatha Nyambi is working as an Intern in Sexual Minority Health with the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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