The UK actively promotes gender equality both at home and abroad but it falls short of defining itself by a feminist agenda. At a time when it is not clear what does define UK foreign policy, other than the looming exit from the EU, promoting a feminist foreign policy could be an opportunity for the UK to provide leadership and to promote its human-rights based values abroad at a time when both are being challenged on the world stage.
Gender equality features prominently in some parts of UK foreign policy. The International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014 for example, promotes gender equality when providing development and humanitarian assistance to countries outside of the UK.… Seguir leyendo »
Since 2010, a revolutionary new vaccine has been introduced across several states in sub-Saharan Africa as a means of tackling deadly outbreaks of meningitis A – a longstanding threat to global health security in the region. The development of the vaccine MenAfriVac is a unique example of the triumphs that emerge from successful public-private partnerships and coordinated transfers of technology from high-income countries that have the capacity to develop such vaccines to low- and-middle income countries where manufacturing is possible at significantly reduced costs. The question now is whether a lack of willingness of governments to pay for this vaccine could keep it out of many countries where it is needed most.… Seguir leyendo »