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October 2012

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October 11, 2012:
"International Day of the
Girl Child"

Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR) announced approval of a new carbon offset methodology to quantify Emission Reductions through Truck Stop Electrification. Developed jointly by ACR and IdleAir, it provides the opportunity to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions within the U.S. long-haul trucking industry by reducing engine idling. When drivers take rest breaks they often keep the engine running to maintain comfort and power electronics. Engine idling produces harmful emissions that affect air quality and potentially the health of truck drivers and people in adjacent communities.

Know the principles to keep in mind when marketing healthy food to traditionally underserved consumers and observe a successful example. On Oct. 18, The Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network will present a webinar, “Marketing Healthy Food to Underserved Consumers: Increasing Food Access.” Register for the webinar.

USAID Nepal recently featured the Winrock-implemented Education for Income Generation (EIG) program as a “video of the week.” Watch the video, Taste of Financial Independence, which features Manisa Thapa from Surkhet district, one of 10,000 youth who benefitted from vocational training as part of the EIG program.

Frank Tugwell will retire in 2013, after more than 14 years of tremendous leadership as president and chief executive officer at Winrock International. As such, Winrock announces a search for a new president and CEO.

Winrock’s David Norman, Enterprise and Agriculture group vice president, will be among the panelists at the World Food Prize 2012 Borlaug Dialogue, Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda. On Oct. 18, Norman will participate in a panel that will discuss, “Volunteer Technical Assistance for Food Security: The Farmer-to-Farmer Program."

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Winrock recognizes ‘International Day of the Girl Child,’ works to empower girls through programs around the world
The United Nations announced last year that it would annually observe Oct. 11 as “International Day of the Girl Child,” beginning with Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. By taking a special day to highlight girls all over the world, the occasion raises public awareness of the gender inequalities and challenges still present in the world today. Not only do girls constitute a sizeable portion of the world’s population, investing in their well-being leads to big development gains now and in future generations. Winrock International understands the importance of protecting and promoting girls’ rights to education, equality and other fundamental opportunities. Winrock’s projects around the world are empowering girls through access to scholarships, anti-trafficking education, and child labor reduction and elimination programs.

Monica AlualOver the course of the Winrock-implemented Gender Equity through Education (GEE) program, funded by USAID, GEE has worked with local schools and education officials to deliver more than 9,500 scholarship packages — including more than 8,000 to women and girls — and distribute 20,000 learning materials throughout all 10 states of South Sudan. One student in South Sudan’s Lakes State, Monica Alual, decided she could do something about a problem she observed. Motivated by reading Let’s Talk, a health awareness booklet she received as part of a scholarship package provided by GEE, she now educates her peers about early pregnancy and the importance of staying in school.

Winrock child labor programs in the area of agriculture have seen that girls have just as keen an interest as boys in developing their skills and knowledge of sustainable, market-oriented agriculture. The U.S. Department of Labor-funded Rwanda Education Alternatives for Children (REACH) program is currently training youth as a means to withdraw and prevent children from exploitive child labor.

Adolescent boys and girls in Rwanda learn how to care for bee hives and harvest honey.REACH is currently training hundreds of 16- and 17-year-old students in modern beekeeping and safety techniques. Students receive protective gear, including full beekeeping suits, masks, and gloves.  Adolescent girls and boys work together to care for the hives and harvest honey with assistance from a Master Beekeeper who has also been trained on child labor issues. “First of all I would like to thank the REACH project which has withdrawn us from child labor. … Now we are happy that the future will be profitable,” one 16-year-old girl said. “The girls, especially, thank the project for not leaving us behind.”

For more information on how Winrock is empowering women, youth, and the disadvantaged, please visit our website. For more information regarding the U.N. resolution declaring Oct. 11 the “International Day of the Girl Child,” click here.

Bangladesh ACT program helps give trafficking survivors voice in community
In Bangladesh’s social context, survivors of human trafficking are especially vulnerable. Often, they are stigmatized within families and communities. In order to restore their confidence and place in society, the Winrock-implemented Actions for Combating Trafficking-in-Persons (ACT) program emphasizes the empowerment of survivors to claim their rights and be important social actors to prevent trafficking and protect other survivors.

ACT program participantsTo this end, the USAID-funded ACT has developed “Survivors Voice” groups named ANIRBAN (“the flame that will not fade”), which are comprised of trafficking survivors. Survivors chose their own group name and decided they would serve as a community resource; as advocates to address survivor protection issues at the community level; and as mentors and participants in developing and providing services to other survivors.

During the past year and a half, ANIRBAN groups have taken the lead in building their own self-confidence and group identity, raising awareness about human trafficking, advocating for survivors and their rights, and giving voice to survivor issues and concerns in local communities to engender a positive attitude toward survivors. They are facilitating sessions in schools and madrassas on safe migration; conducting interactive meetings with journalists, local government and civil society organizations; providing leadership and facilitating training to members and other survivors; and promoting human rights, women’s rights and safe migration days in their communities.

In July, the groups convened a Survivors’ Convention, at which approximately 100 survivors from around the country shared their concerns and expectations. Attendees created a document to be presented to policy makers, civil leaders, program planners/managers, media, legal experts, and service providers, including communities. It includes demands for rights relating to survivor-friendly prosecution, psycho-social empowerment, and integrated and standardized services for survivors. Moving forward, the Survivors Voice groups plan to advocate to communities and government to take sustainable action for the reintegration of survivors and prevention of trafficking and re-victimization.

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