Friday, 27 April 2012

Week in review

Hello, glad you could join us for the Wikiprogress week in review - a handful of headlines that have caught our eyes over the last week. You can find all news articles and blog posts on the progress community in the Wikiprogress Community Portal.

On gender equality
The Sex Issue (Foreign Policy Magazine April 2012)
This month’s edition of FP is dedicated to the exploration of how and why sex, in all the various meanings of the word, matters in shaping the world’s politics. Articles include: Mona Eltahawy on Why Do They Hate Us, Christina Larson on The Startling Plight of China’s Leftover Ladies,  Melanne Verveer on Why Women Are a Foreign Policy Issue and many more.
See more media highlights in the Wikigender Community Portal

On growth
Growth isn’t going to last forever (Huffington Post 26.04.2012)
The pursuit of endless GDP growth is a dangerous and common ideal, according to Andrew Winston. The threat that further “growth” poses to the environment is huge; if growth at the current rate is continued, in 1400 years, we will be consuming all of the energy that the sun produces (in just 400 years, it would be all of the solar energy hitting the earth).
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on Green Growth

Index launched
Oxfam launches Humankind Index to measure wellbeing (The Guardian 23.04.2012)
Oxfam have launched a new measure of well-being in Scotland that incorporates health, transport, family life and employment. The Humankind Index estimates a 43% fall in people's financial security, a 26% fall in the number of people who felt they had secure and suitable jobs and a 24% decline in those who felt they had enough to live on.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on progress in the UK

On the MDGs
High Food Prices Halt Progress for Many of the World’s Poor (Vancouver Sun 22.04.2012)
Two of the Millennium Development Goals have been met ahead of the looming 2015 deadline; however volatile food prices are undermining the overall progress and trapping millions in cycles of poverty.
See more and contribute to the Wikiprogress article on the MDGs

On child well-being
UNICEF Executive Director announces new global immunization strategy (UNICEF 25.04.2012)
This week, UNICEF and the Measles and Rubella Initiative jointly launched a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero. The announcement coincided with the first-ever World Immunization Week, and was accompanied by new data showing that accelerated efforts have resulted in a 74 per cent reduction in global measles mortality, from an estimated 535,000 deaths in 2000 to 139,000 in 2010.
See more and contribute to the Wikichild article on Child well-being measurement

We hope you will tune in the same time next week. In the meantime, if anything interesting passes your desk that you would like to see in the next Wikiprogress week in review, please tweet it to us @Wikiprogress or post it on our Facebook page.

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