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Development and security are only possible when human rights are respected.

More than 60 years ago, the world’s leaders proclaimed a new framework of rights, laws, and institutions that could pave a path for a world in which every person has the opportunity to live up to his or her potential. They affirmed the universality of human rights through the Universal Declaration and legal agreements including those aimed at combating genocide, war crimes and torture, and challenging discrimination against women and racial and religious minorities.
In the broader context, people must be free from the oppression of tyranny, from torture, from discrimination, from the fear of leaders who will imprison or “disappear” them. But they also must be free from the oppression of want – want of food, want of health, want of education, and want of equality in law and in fact.
 

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Apr 14 - 20, 2014
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Digital Equity and Individual Rights in the Age of Big Data: Highlights from the Skoll World Forum

 
 

Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, and digital exclusion.

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Business, government, and civil society are looking at big data as the new “holy grail” to better sell products, deliver services, or engage people in solving problems. Yet, while they indeed facilitate new approaches to tackling social problems, new uses of data and communication tools raise tough questions around complex issues such as privacy, ethics, and digital exclusion.

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Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

Henrik Storm Dyrssen
Leksell Social Ventures

 
 
 

Like it or not, data is a medium that permeates our lives, and while the powers that be pontificate over its future, we might as well make the most of it. So how could social innovation leverage data to increase breadth and depth of impact?

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Like it or not, data is a medium that permeates our lives, and while the powers that be pontificate over its future, we might as well make the most of it. So how could social innovation leverage data to increase breadth and depth of impact?

Apr 7 - 13, 2014
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How to Solve a Problem Like Child Marriage?

Lakshmi Sundaram
Girls Not Brides

 
 
 

I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year. Girls Not Brides has now grown to more than 300 civil society organisations working in over 50 countries to enable girls to avoid child marriage and fulfill their potential.

Article: Forum 2014
 

I would describe Girls Not Brides as a partnership of disruptors: men and women like Laxmi who have come together to raise their collective voice against child marriage, a practice that devastates the lives of 14 million girls every year. Girls Not Brides has now grown to more than 300 civil society organisations working in over 50 countries to enable girls to avoid child marriage and fulfill their potential.

Mar 24 - 30, 2014
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Want to Fight Human Trafficking?

Devex

“There is no silver bullet in the fight against trafficking,” Cecile Flores-Oebanda, founder and executive director of the Visayan Forum Foundation. The head of VFF shared with Devex six best practices learned during the organization’s successful campaign against human trafficking, which has helped more than 70,000 trafficking victims or potential victims over the past two decades.

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“There is no silver bullet in the fight against trafficking,” Cecile Flores-Oebanda, founder and executive director of the Visayan Forum Foundation. The head of VFF shared with Devex six best practices learned during the organization’s successful campaign against human trafficking, which has helped more than 70,000 trafficking victims or potential victims over the past two decades.

Mar 10 - 16, 2014
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Modern Day Slavery in the Global Economy, and How To Solve It

Daniel Viederman
Verite

 
 
 

In Taiwan we met a college-trained Filipina named Edz. She was working cleaning toilets at a factory, despite having been promised a $600/month job at a cell phone plant. How she got there, and why she couldn’t leave, is the story of forced labor in the global economy. Importantly, the problems that she and others face can be solved.

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In Taiwan we met a college-trained Filipina named Edz. She was working cleaning toilets at a factory, despite having been promised a $600/month job at a cell phone plant. How she got there, and why she couldn’t leave, is the story of forced labor in the global economy. Importantly, the problems that she and others face can be solved.

“In the U.N. they don't like to deal with sensitive issues ... but the U.N. provides a forum which allows for dialog and debate and [coming] to agreement in the end on these many difficult issues.”

Nafis Sadik

Mar 3 - 9, 2014
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The Right to Inherit Isn’t Working for Indian Women, Says U.N. Study

Wall Street Journal

A study released Sunday by United Nations Women India and Landesa, a  U.S.-headquartered nonprofit working to improve land rights for women and men, found that despite their time spent working in orchards, cotton fields, and rice paddies, and changes to inheritance laws, women rarely inherit the land that has sustained them and that they have sustained.

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A study released Sunday by United Nations Women India and Landesa, a  U.S.-headquartered nonprofit working to improve land rights for women and men, found that despite their time spent working in orchards, cotton fields, and rice paddies, and changes to inheritance laws, women rarely inherit the land that has sustained them and that they have sustained.

Feb 24 - Mar 2, 2014
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Half the Sky: Taking Our Solution to Scale

Jenny Bowen
Half the Sky Foundation

 
 
 

When the Chinese government proposed a national partnership with Half the Sky, we knew that reaching scale would be our greatest challenge. In a country with almost 1.4 billion people, 330 million of them children, scale is always an issue.

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When the Chinese government proposed a national partnership with Half the Sky, we knew that reaching scale would be our greatest challenge. In a country with almost 1.4 billion people, 330 million of them children, scale is always an issue.

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Data and the Human Touch

Jim Fruchterman
Benetech

 
 
 

We advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. Data without context has little value. We ask the question: data for whom?  We’re a technology company and strongly believe in the power of information as a force for good. But we’re also a nonprofit with a social mission to empower individuals in complex and often difficult circumstances.

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We advocate for a human-centered approach to data in the social sector. Data without context has little value. We ask the question: data for whom?  We’re a technology company and strongly believe in the power of information as a force for good. But we’re also a nonprofit with a social mission to empower individuals in complex and often difficult circumstances.

Feb 3 - 9, 2014
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Lessons from a Seasoned Serial Social Entrepreneur

Virgin Unite

Chris Underhill has been a social entrepreneur for 36 years and is the founder of three citizen sector organizations. He received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the field of disability even before he launched his current venture BasicNeeds, a mental health charity that has supported almost 600,000 people in developing countries to date. Here, he shares some insights.

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Chris Underhill has been a social entrepreneur for 36 years and is the founder of three citizen sector organizations. He received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the field of disability even before he launched his current venture BasicNeeds, a mental health charity that has supported almost 600,000 people in developing countries to date. Here, he shares some insights.

“Most Israelis, want peace with the Palestinians. But they are absolutely certain that no Palestinian wants peace with them. You go to the Palestinians and you will find 80/90% of Palestinians want peace. But they are just as certain that the Israelis don't want peace.”

Lakdhar Brahimi

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Forum 2013

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Session: Forum 2013
 

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