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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week

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How to speed up change for women in the workplace

“The theme of International Women's Day 2013, on 8 March, is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum". There are many signs of this momentum in Africa - from female entrepreneurship, which is driving growth in the region, to the fact there are female government ministers or heads of state in South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi and Rwanda.

In fact, Rwanda, with 56% of seats in its House of Deputies held by women, is currently the only government in the world dominated by women, putting the East African country well ahead of the United States, United Kingdom and Japan, which all fall below the 25% mark.

So, there is momentum, but not enough of it. For instance, the global downturn appears to have worsened gender gaps in employment, according to the International Labour Organisation.”  READ MORE

Social media campaign: The human rights case against corruption

“Ahead of a Human Rights Council panel discussion on anti-corruption, 13 March 2013, join the United Nations, civil society and many worldwide to speak up for the human rights case against corruption. Netizens are making good use of social media to fight corruption. Be part of it. Use #RightsNotBribes to share your views and questions with the panel and the participants of a Google+ Hangout on 7 March 2013.”  READ MORE

The Nexus for ICTs, Climate Change and Development

“The increased frequency and intensity of weather events, as well as the changing patterns of temperature and precipitation, can have devastating effects particularly in developing countries. With limited capacities and resources to respond to storms, droughts, landslides, floods, and to their impacts on local social systems, the ability of vulnerable populations to escape poverty and adapt to climate change is significantly constrained.

The Climate Change, ICTs and Innovation initiative emerges at the intersection of the exploration of the role that information and communication technologies can play in addressing climate change challenges faced by developing countries. This two-year research project wassupported by the International Development Research Centre(IDRC) of Canada, and led by the Centre for Development Informatics (CDI) of the University of Manchester.”  READ MORE

Transparency International
Money, Politics, Power:  Corruption Risks in Europe

“Secrecy in dealings. Impunity in corridors of power. Public protests in the streets. Corruption is a reality in Europe and affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens.

Money, Politics, Power: Corruption Risks in Europe unveils the causes of many of the financial and political scandals that have dogged nearly every European country in recent years.

Drawing on substantial in-country research, the report identifies key cross-cutting gaps in anti-corruption systems of 25 European states.”  READ MORE

How Newsrooms Can Adopt a Mobile-First Mindset

“First, it was the Web. Now, mobile is the "second tidal wave of change about to collide with the news industry," said Cory Bergman, general manager of Breaking News, a mobile-first startup owned by NBC News Digital.

As more consumers access news on their mobile devices, news organizations are seeing traffic to their websites from desktop computers flatten or decline. And in some regions, such as many parts of Africa, users are leapfrogging the Web altogether and going straight to mobile.”  READ MORE

To Tweet or Not to Tweet During a Disaster

“Yes, only a small percentage of tweets generated during a disaster are directly relevant and informative for disaster response. No, this doesn’t mean we should dismiss Twitter as a source for timely, disaster-related information. Why? Because our efforts ought to focus on how that small percentage of informative tweets can be increased. What incentives or policies can be put in place? The following tweets by the Filipino government may shed some light.”  READ MORE

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