Yearly Archives: 2014

BLOG: Violence Against Women – A Global Epidemic Fuelled By Alcohol

Press release on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and IOGT International calls on the Women’s Rights community and politicians around the world, to join together and address one of the major factors in the global epidemic that is violence against women…

BLOG: Alcohol Advertising In Kenya

The weird thing about this commercial is that the Western alcohol industry tells us in Africa that “it is our time.” And at the same time they tell us: what to do with that time – using their alcohol, to make them earn profits. Apparently it’s not our time to decide ourselves how we want to use it; and that Westerners’ alcohol habits are not our role models. Apparently we in Africa need the alcohol industry to give us experiences (as you can see below)…

BLOG: Higher Alcohol Taxes Create More Jobs

The new research gives advocates for evidence-based alcohol policy measures another strong argument to counter Big Alcohol myths about the negative impact of alcohol regulations on the economy…

With the evidence that is now piling up, I think that advocates for public health, societal development and economic sustainability can feel confident in including alcohol policy measures, such as taxation, into the mix of measures that yield benefit across different sectors. This is what we in IOGT International are convinced about: evidence-based alcohol policy measures are useful (and too often still under-used) tools for making the world a better place…

BLOG: My Opening Speech And Our Report

From #IOGT14
We managed to achieve a lot in the last four years. We have taken our global advocacy to new heights. We have raised the profile of our work for children’s rights as well as for our work for treatment and rehabilitation. We have developed and established a new visual identity of IOGT and we’ve made IOGT International a brand for heart-driven work for a freer and richer life.
As you could read, see and hear, the success are many. And yet, numerous challenges remain – I highlight some of them in my speech at the Opening of this year’s World Congress…

BLOG: Thank You Sven-Olov

Thank you for countless hours of travelling, meetings, jetlags, for reading and writing tons of papers, discussing with thousands and thousands of people – relive the moving and touching thank you ceremony, with the speech, the gifts and the movie for Sven-Olov Carlsson who after 12 years at the helm of IOGT International stepped down.

BLOG: NCDs A Story Of Inequality And Injustice

The epidemic of NCDs clearly shows: our way of life is ruining our quality of life. We live in a fundamental contradiction of consuming us to ill-health, despair and even death. The story of NCDs is thus a story of vast inequalities and injustices. This story tells of a Western culture where norms we have constructed and the consumerism we indulge in is literally making us sick…

BLOG: Empowering Girls The Way To Go

One of the best ways to empower girls is to provide them with enabling, safe and creative spaces – alcohol-free environments. Empowering girls will eradicate gender inequalities and boost Africa’s development. Investing in alcohol-free environments must be part of the equation for sustainable results…