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February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?

February 4 is World Cancer Day: You Think You Know The Facts?


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February 4 marks World Cancer Day, a time when the entire global community — regardless of nationality, profession, ethnicity, or any other form of identity — collectively remembers those whom cancer has …

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The Countdown Has Begun (if it ever stopped)

The Countdown Has Begun (if it ever stopped)


In around 350 days’ time, the year 2015 will begin. But, erm, shouldn’t we rather still be remarking that we’ve just celebrated the start of 2014? The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have a …

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Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

Data Driven: Global Cancer Control Through Understanding and Partnership

The First Drop of Water in a Probable Waterfall:
Global expansion of cancer surveillance is an urgent concern that should be prominent on the global health and development agendas, and should be added to the Millennium Development Goals …

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Dollars for Dishes, Chores for Change

Dollars for Dishes, Chores for Change


Should those (mostly women) who do not participate in the labor market, instead remaining at home to look after the house and raise children, receive compensation for their work? It’s a thorny issue which is as divisive as it is complex.
In the final referendum …

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Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

Saddle Up, Partner! If You Want to Defeat AIDS, Your Wagon is Hitched to Mine

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The world just commemorated World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2013: the 26th World AIDS Day. As we observed events unfold, from Kuala Lumpur, to London, Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, one common thread was apparent: partnership. If there is to be a common denominator in …

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Nelson Mandela Has Died; Long Live Khulu Madiba

Nelson Mandela Has Died; Long Live Khulu Madiba


 

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Is Humanity in a Better Shape Today?

Is Humanity in a Better Shape Today?

In 1900 we lived to be only 32 years on average. Today the global average life expectancy is 69 years and in 2050 we will live to be 76 years. For every month you live, you add one week to your life …

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The Battle Over the Future of the ICC Continues in The Hague

The Battle Over the Future of the ICC Continues in The Hague

The annual Assembly of State Parties of the ICC (ASP) kicked off yesterday to discuss the management of the court and possible changes to the Rome Statute. While several issues are on this year’s agenda, including victim compensation …

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Invisible or Forgotten? Women & Girls in Emergencies

Invisible or Forgotten? Women & Girls in Emergencies


Aid, donations and relief supplies are making their way to the parts of the Philippines most affected by the recent disaster. A conference held earlier this week in London and attended by high-level representatives of governments, U.N. agencies and NGOs, wasn’t directly focused on …

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Rights, research and responsiveness

Rights, research and responsiveness


You may have heard of the U.N., but have you ever heard of UNRISD? Perhaps not – as a research institute they aren’t going to grab as many headlines as the WHO, UNESCO or the Security …

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HIV/AIDS Is Changing: Let’s Pick Up The Pace!

HIV/AIDS Is Changing: Let’s Pick Up The Pace!


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The International AIDS Conference- a biennial event that is the largest gathering of HIV professionals across the globe- will be convening again this July, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The theme to this year’s conference? “Stepping Up the Pace”, which seems to already …

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Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

It started with a simple drink, or more accurately, the inability of Senegalese-born Magatte Wade to find it when she returned to Senegal. In searching for a hibiscus drink she remembered fondly from her childhood, it was nowhere to be seen in Dakar. The reason, she discovered, was that as …

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(You gotta) fight for your right

(You gotta) fight for your right


Crystal balls, horse-drawn carts, headscarves and tarot cards. If we were playing a word-association game, what group of people would spring to mind? If your brain is leaning toward ‘gypsy’ then you get a point. In Europe, gypsy is a common way of describing …

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Post-Windsor Progress

Post-Windsor Progress

Federal agencies are beginning to revise their policies in the wake of the decision in United States v. Windsor, where the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the controversial definition of marriage contained in the Defense of Marriage Act …

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Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11, Vidhyapati Mishra spent two decades in U.N.-funded Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal before resettling in the United States. Just a week before his departure from Nepal to Charlotte of North Carolina, self-learned …

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Kimberly J. Curtis
Kimberly J. Curtis

Kimberly Curtis has a Master's degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from American University in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of The Women's Empowerment Institute of Cameroon and has worked for human rights organizations in Rwanda and the United States. You can follow her on Twitter at @curtiskj

Areas of Focus: Transitional justice; Women's rights; Africa

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