An 11-year-old boy is issuing a Nothing But Nets fundraising challenge to NBA star Stephen Curry, writes Christopher Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. Cooper David Aaker Smith's challenge was inspired by Curry's work on behalf of the malaria-reduction program.
United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay appealed to the international community to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. The recent attack in Baniyas by pro-government militias should be investigated by the International Criminal Court, Pillay said.
The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action is launching a text-messaging program in South Africa that sends informational texts on pregnancy, birthing and child care to expectant mothers. The program has met with success in Bangladesh, with India next.
Women's reproductive rights need to be included prominently in the post-2015 development goals, said Diego Palacios of the United Nations Population Fund. "[O]therwise it will be another missed opportunity and millions of women will suffer," Palacios said.
The empowerment of women can be enabled by adjusting food-security and anti-poverty programs, writes Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food. "Food security and anti-poverty strategies must be transformative and make the redistribution of roles between women and men a priority. This is the only way to make sure that the social investment intended to sustain the poor does not also sustain the gender divisions that characterise poverty and keep it locked in place," De Schutter argues.