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Today marks International Women's Day, a time to reflect on the progress made and to call for further change in the treatment of women and girls around the world. The recent stories in this week's newsletter will focus on the 5th Sustainable Development Goal; to 'achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls':

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Apps and Girls win the Innovator of the Year Award

Aid & International Development Forum is delighted to announce the winner of the Innovator of the Year Award at the Aid and Development Africa Summit.

The innovator of the year award celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors in Africa over the past year.

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Who will Feed the Hungry?

A new project puts women at the forefront of climate resilience in Bangladesh

The Green Climate Fund has approved a US$25 million grant to support Bangladesh’s efforts to build the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities along the cost.

The initiative will focus on women and adolescent girls and is set to benefit 700,000 people over 6 years.

The project will be led by the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs who will also...

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Matthias Boyen, UNICEF

“It is time to make refugee girls’ education a priority” says UNHCR

A new report by UNHCR titled ‘Her Turn’ reveals that refugee girls are half as likely to enrol in secondary school as their male peers.

Despite access to education being recognised as a human right refugee children often face a number of obstacles that make it much harder for them to enrol in school than their non-refugee peers. This is particularly difficult for girls who can struggle to find and keep their place in a classroom.

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Child marriage has fallen by 15% in the last decade

UNICEF has announced that the number of child marriages has declined significantly with 25 million being prevented in the last decade.

The prevalence has decreased globally by about 15%, today 1 in 5 women are married as children compared to 1 in 4 a decade ago. Approximately 650 million women alive today were married as children.


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Sweden increases its support for the economic empowerment of rural women

In 2014 the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women established the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE).


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Climate-smart agriculture provides a lifeline to Mali’s women

Agriculture is often a key route out of poverty for many in developing countries, especially among women.

And in the West African country of Mali, it is estimated that women make up half of all those involved in agriculture. However, UN Women reports that climate change is threatening to undo the progress made in building stronger rural communities and...

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