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Gender inclusive healthcare in Pakistan, and other news (10 April 2019)

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From technology enhanced female healthcare in Pakistan, to mobile phone ownership in Ghana

  • Unilever Pakistan and doctHERs have partnered to launch the Sukh Saheli project, a gender-inclusive, technology based project to deliver high-quality health services to women across rural Pakistan, connecting over 4000 villages to qualified, female doctors. Read more in The News International (Pakistan).

  • A DFID-funded survey has found that one in three women aged between 15 and 64 in Punjab experiences violence. The survey also found that women with disabilities experience higher incidences of violence, and that 53% of women with disabilities are not in either education or employment. Read more in Pakistan Today.

  • The widespread internet access granted by mobile phone ownership is promoting growth of Uganda’s economy, as people are able to remotely bank, pay school fees, and sell produce. Nearly half of the Ugandan population have mobile phones and more than 10 million access the internet on a phone. Read more in News Ghana.

  • £16.7 million will be given to Jamaican Farmers through a grant from DFID to increase productivity and market access. The majority of beneficiaries will be small- and medium-sized farmers, with a portion reserved for female farmers and young farmers. Read more in Jamaica Observer.

  • The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women and the Observer Research Foundation announced Global Programme for Women’s Leadership 2019. The global platform aims to bring together female leaders to unite diverse voices and inspire commitment to sustainable development, particularly in healthcare and technology fields. Read more in Business Standard India.

  • Following the launch of the Network of Chambers of Commerce in the Caribbean at the start of the month, 16 executive directors of the chambers of commerce involved met for the first formal meeting. The network is supported by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management, Government of Barbados, and the EU. Read more in Guyana Chronical.

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