Healing, hope and justice for victims of wartime sexual violenceJun 6, 2014Twenty years ago, ‘Kate’ was the victim of a crime aptly described as ‘one of history’s greatest silences’—a crime whose impact is devastating but whose perpetrators almost invariably go unpunished, a crime whose victims almost never receive legal redress but instead are often socially stigmatized and afraid to seek compensation: the crime of sexual violence during armed conflict.
Helping low-income Croatian households save money on energyMar 19, 2014In a single afternoon, Miroslav Horvat and his family received the advice and equipment they needed to save them hundreds of euros each year. Energy advisors from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) installed energy-saving light bulbs, applied adhesive tape to their windows to prevent heat loss, and shared other low-cost measures to reduce energy use, all free of charge. These changes should reduce the family’s energy consumption by 30-40%, yielding savings that will bring a real improvement in their daily lives.
Shifting towards low-carbon citiesJun 5, 2014Planting urban gardens, using straw and mud as building materials, riding bicycles – these were among the proposals featured during a panel discussion in Zagreb aimed at identifying ways in which individuals can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create low-carbon cities.
Surviving wartime sexual violenceSep 12, 2013Twenty years after the war, women like Ivana and Ana live coping with violent memories, lost family members, sometimes seeing perpetrators in the streets, stigmatized by many in their communities, trying to create some sort of normality in their lives.