We at Be a Bridge for Change realise that a large number of changemakers work in areas related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Be it NGOs, academicians, government officials or social entrepreneurs. It becomes very difficult to keep an account of the latest developments while giving one’s 100% to the specific cause undertaken.
Here is our attempt to keep all the changemakers and people up-to-date on various fronts related to SDGs. Be a Bridge for Change brings to you consolidated news related to SDGs.
Women In Rural India Go Digital To Cope With The Pandemic
Covid-19 brought the lives of women weavers in Gujarat to a halt in 2020.
Thanks to Leelavati, a World Bank initiative for improving digital and financial literacy. These women have managed to cope in these difficult times.
The Project is running across six Indian states and covers around half a million women.
The beneficiary women are now capable of handling online transactions and marketing and selling their produce on digital platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
Catch The Rain: Ministry Of Jal Shakti, India
National Water Mission, India, has launched a “catch the rain” campaign to nudge key stakeholders for efforts in the direction of rainwater harvesting.
Construction of rainwater harvesting structures is to be taken up while ensuring people’s active participation in these activities.
States have been requested to establish “rain centres” in each district for the same.
All district collectors, heads of educational institutes like IITs, IIMs, have been requested to make this campaign a success.
El Salvador: First Central American Nation Free From Malaria
India is a part of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP).
The study suggests that concerns of the local people should be factored in the conservation plans.
The study also suggests that local communities are the strongest allies in snow leopard conservation efforts.
Snow Leopards fall under the “vulnerable” species category of the IUCN. Efforts to save snow leopards need global cooperation along with locally suitable practices.
Forest Fires In India’s Simplipal
A week-long forest fire in Simplipal bio-reserve is a matter of grave concern among environmentalists and bio-diversity experts.
The bio-reserve is typically prone to such fires during months approaching summer.
According to forest officials, around 399 fire points were identified in the fringe areas of the bio-reserve, all of which are under control now.
According to a Wildlife activist, Bhanumitra Acharya, most of the time, such fires are a result of illegal poaching.
Hunters and poachers try to divert wild animals towards desirable areas by using human-made fires.
Hunger Rose By 22% In South Africa Due To COVID-19
A study has found that almost half of South Africa families went hungry because of the lockdown imposed to curb COVID-19.
Closure schools also played a major role in child hunger as many children are enrolled in feeding schemes delivered in schools.
The eventual impact of this resulted in poor nutrition for women. According to the study, mothers reduced their own intake to ensure that children are being fed — a phenomenon called maternal buffering.
The study also claims that the overall impact was somewhat mitigated from august onwards when the government came up with relief grants.
Critical Moment For SDG Global Action
In a virtual conference with European Parliament Vice-Chancellor, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed termed the present time as a “critical moment” in the SDG action plan.
She also termed this decade as the “decade of action”.
She also emphasised the importance of global partnership and the significant role that the EU can play in it.
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