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Newsletter October 2012

Gender Equality, Development, Action for prevention

Our Vice-President Kristina Sperkova, has been writing frequently about different topics that are all rooted in IOGT International's work for better alcohol policies
to eradicate alcohol harm, like gender-based violence, poverty, neglect and abuse of children.
Check out and join the discussion of her recent blog entries.

A YouTube video you must see
Together we end violence against women. Together we stop excusing alcohol violence.

#OrangeDay – it is about more than just the color

I am writing this blog after the midnight because I wanted to see what the day would bring and as promised in my first blog about the Orange day to share ideas for actions.
The action after we got dressed in orange is what is really needed. And this time I got amazed and deeply inspired by 26 women from Arusha, Tanzania and their heart-driven effort to fight violence against women and girls.

Human Rights

Based on our gender booklet,
we're working with
UN Women and their campaign
Say NO! Unite To End Violence Against Women.
Join our #OrangeDay campaign
and check out our lively
Facebook album.

Millenium Development Goals

Ending poverty is possible,
if alcohol harm is addressed.
Here is an overview over
to what extent alcohol
hinders the achievment
of the
Millenium Development

Coming Events

November 12 - 16
ICAA conference
Montreal, Canada

December 1
World AIDS Day

December 10
Human Rights Day

December 20
IOGT International AC meeting
Stockholm, Sweden

Got events?
Share them with us!

New Material

Presentation about alcohol harm in the world 
Looking at the harms caused by alcohol around the world, and beyond that looking at the human stories behind the data, facts and evidence.

Policy Briefing

WHO Consultation on NCDs - a new contribution by IOGT International
WHO second consultation round concerning the monitoring framework for NCDs and IOGT International contributes to Comprehensive Global Monitoring Framework Including Indicators and Set of Voluntary Global Targets for the Prevention and Control of NCDs.

Australia: Government must do better in Alcohol Policy to protect the public good 

The Commonwealth government looks set to loose its top position in preventive health measures.
Despite its world-first efforts on tobacco control, when the government steps next time onto the world stage, it will be not as a leader. Its position on alcohol control is out of step with the World Health Organisation and contrary to evidence, writes Robin Room.
Independent evidence: Just One Alcoholic Drink a Day Could Lower Your Ability to Learn New Things
Alcohol use could place imbibers at risk for lower production of brain cells and decreased ability for certain types of learning.
 new study, from researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, has suggested that even moderate alcohol use places users at risk.

South Africa: Alcohol advertising ban is still a hot issue

The advertising industry, civil society, academia and government, earlier this week, deliberated on the issue of banning alcohol advertising in a heated debate held in Johannesburg. Lobbied through the Phuza Wize campaign run by the Soul City Institute and championed by the Health Ministry, this ground-breaking legislation aims to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol consumption in South Africa.

IOGT International is a worldwide community of non-governmental organisations. The aim of IOGT International is the liberation of peoples of the world leading to a richer, freer and more rewarding life.

IOGT International is a politically independent and heart driven organization working solely from evidence based facts. The work expands from community action for children and youth to creating, facilitating and developing efficient alcohol policies. IOGT International has members all over the world and is open to everyone who wishes to see an open a democratic world free from alcohol and other drugs. Read more about our philosophy here.

The work of IOGT International is built on the basic human democratic rights. It recognises that alcohol and other drugs constitute a serious threat to the dignity and freedom of people and their societies. We are a worldwide community made up of people of all ages regardless of gender, colour, nationality, religious belief or sexual orientation. Our membership policy is founded on a lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs.

IOGT International is an independent and heart driven organization working. Our work ranges from providing community action to creating, facilitating and developing efficient alcohol policies.

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