Shining a light on India’s poor

'Hariyali', a project initiated by Ela Bhatt's Self-Employed Women's Association, has helped give some of India's poorest women access to affordable energy. William French, Head of International Media at The Elders, explains why it has had such a big impact on their lives, writing for The Skoll World Forum and Reuters.

Ela Bhatt with members of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA).
Photo: The Elders | Tom Pietrasik

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International Women's Day – time to start making a difference

In a crucial year for women’s rights, we can all do our bit to bring gender equality closer to reality.

International Women’s Day celebrates women; their struggles and their spectacular achievements through the ages. It acts as an annual marker to remind us all that the ideal of gender equality is still more aspiration than reality.

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Will the US commit to climate action on the road to Paris?

As climate talks resume in Geneva this week, Parker Liautaud believes that the US is beginning to take its responsibilities on climate change seriously.

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Encouraging progress towards peace and inclusiveness in Myanmar

Ahead of a crucial year for Myanmar’s transition, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Martti Ahtisaari, Lakhdar Brahimi and Hina Jilani travelled to Myanmar and Thailand in December 2014. Meeting with members of the government, armed forces, parliament and civil society, the Elders encouraged all parties to help bring about a fair and inclusive society.

Thailand photo: Sarawut Klayklueng | The Elders

Myanmar photos: Kaung Htet | The Elders

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Climate action: the race to Paris

On returning from COP20 in Peru, Mary Robinson feels just enough was done to keep hopes afloat for a successful climate deal in Paris next December. But only just.

Mary Robinson with COP20 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal on 10 December 2014.

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Youth voices in the climate negotiations: a reflection from Lima, Peru

Timothy Damon is an American Youth Delegate to the UN Climate Convention at SustainUS attending the COP20 in Lima, Peru. Here he describes how difficult it is for the young to be heard in negotiations.

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Education: the best tool in the fight against racism in Israel

While Israelis and Palestinians struggle to find lasting peace, ACRI's Executive Director Sharon Abraham-Weiss believes that educating children against racism is an indispensable tool for preventing injustice and conflict

"The education system is guilty because it has not acted sufficiently to convey the message that we all belong to the same wonderful race, the human race. There is no superior race, there is no inferior race, there is no pure race, and there is no impure race." 

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