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Women making history in Nepal - the story of Sajha Sawal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted February 19 2018 - As Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) takes a break, we revisit the questions and answers that changed lives - and the evolution of the most-watched debate show in Nepal. By its last episode, the programme had reached out to 6.6 million viewers.

In 2008 Nepal was emerging from a decade-long civil war and entering a new political era. Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) - a Question Time-style debate show - found a ready audience that was used to dealing with volatile political circumstances.

One of the first questions came from a schoolgirl Rejina Niraula.

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Rohingya crisis: When information is a matter of life and death

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Author: BBC Media Action's Executive Director Caroline Nursey, originally posted February 7 2018 - The scale of the humanitarian crisis is visible on the road winding away from Cox's Bazar long before you reach the camps.

Empty aid trucks head back to town as the landscape shifts from palm trees to rice fields and then hillsides full of shacks with orange and blue plastic sheeting for roofs.

These camps are now home to nearly 860,000 Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar - with more than 600,000 arriving since August 2017. That's more than the population of Sheffield.

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DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent media is urgent and challenging

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, originally posted on February 7 2018 - The UK Department for International Development's commitment to undertake a "transparency revolution" is welcome. Their new strategy outlined yesterday Open Aid, Open Societies: a vision for a transparent world sets out a fresh set of commitments to close loopholes that allow corruption to be hidden; support efforts to make DFID’s partner governments more open and transparent, and scale up DFID’s broader support for transparency and accountability efforts.

Challenges and threats for Spanish cybersecurity (II)

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 6 2018 - Along with the advance in digital matters, new challenges and risks for the Information Society appear in Spain. This was expressed by José María Sanz-Magallón, director of Fundación Telefónica, during the presentation of the Digital Society Report in Spain 2017, noting that the previous one "was the year of cyber attacks (WannaCry, the most relevant) and the emergence of the fake news and its interference in the field of politics ". The director added that the certainty about the importance of these phenomena is such that cybersecurity and fake news are among the priorities of the current national security strategy.

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Spain advances, but requires better training to face the digital transformation (I)

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 5 2018 - "Spain is fine, we are doing well in the digital field, but we could be better, especially in terms of education, because it is essential that new generations know how to move with digital skills, in Big Data, Cloud and artificial intelligence, "said César Alierta, president of the Fundación Telefónica, during the presentation of the report 'Digital Society in Spain 2017', which was held today in Madrid

Retos y amenazas para la ciberseguridad de los españoles (II)

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado 6 de febrero 2018Junto con el avance en materia digital, en España aparecen nuevos retos y riesgos para la Sociedad de la Información. Así lo expresó José María Sanz-Magallón, director de la Fundación Telefónica, durante la presentación del Informe Sociedad Digital en España 2017, al señalar que el anterior “fue el año de los ciberataques (WannaCry, el más relevante) y de la eclosión de las fake news y su injerencia en el terreno de la política”. El directivo agregó que la certeza sobre la importancia de estos fenómenos es tal que la ciberseguridad y las fake news están entre las prioridades de la actual estrategia de seguridad nacional.

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España avanza, pero requiere mejor formación para afrontar la transformación digital (I)

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado 5 de febrero 2018 - España está bien, vamos bien en el tema digital, pero podríamos estar mejor, especialmente en cuanto a la educación, porque es fundamental que las nuevas generaciones sepan moverse con competencias digitales, en Big Data, Cloud e inteligencia artificial”, afirmó César Alierta, presidente de la Fundación Telefónica, durante la presentación del informe ‘Sociedad Digital en España 2017’, que se realizó hoy en Madrid.

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Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education

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Author: Sergiy Prokhorov, February 5 2018 - Would like to share a good case of Entertainment Education (EE) application in Mine Risk Eduction (MRE) done by UNICEF Ukraine. In Ukraine 580,000 children were affected by an armed conflict in the Eastern part of the country. Ukraine is fast becoming one of the world’s most mine contaminated countries. During the entire conflict period, from 14 April 2014 to 15 August 2017, at least 2,505 civilians were killed in shelling, UXO and landmine related incidents: 1,382 men, 837 women, 137 children. Families who are coming back and those who remained at post-conflict areas of Donbas are at risk due to a lack of knowledge about the dangers of landmines and other explosive devises. Children are not properly informed about how to stay safe in areas where they are present.

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Solutions are simple, we complicate them

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Author: Bilquir Rehman, February 5 2018 - Farida a hardworking women, who has uplifted her status in the village through her consistent efforts.

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Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote

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Author: Bilquis Rehman, February 8 2018: Dr. Rehman writes on women´s rights in the workpace and facilitating youth voter education -

Workplace Harassment Law 2010 and Pakistan Penal Code Section 509: Enabling workplace a better place for women

Civil Society Representatives and Goverment Officials join hands for synchronizing their efforts for the "harassment at workplace law" implementation through a rigorous awareness campaign. Workplace Harassment Law 2010 and Pakistan Penal Code Section 509 are aimed to enable a better workplace for women. This law has been passed by the effort of Civil Society organisations  working for ten years, and now a continuous struggle is going on to enforce them through Government efforts since 2010. The Council for Participatory Development is working along with all stakeholders to involve people from different sectors in a campaign through seminars and social media posting.   

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