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GirlForce: Unscripted And Unstoppable

GirlForce: Unscripted And Unstoppable

There’s no doubting the unstoppable power of today’s young women and girls to stand up for their rights and the future they want. They are a fierce force to be reckoned with. I see the marches, hear their clear voices, and witness their impatient challenge to systems and societies that are too slow to take […]

UN Secretary-General Condemns Attacks On UN Peacekeepers In Mali

UN Secretary-General Condemns Attacks On UN Peacekeepers In Mali

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned two separate attacks on Sunday against the organization’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) which left one peacekeeper dead and four others injured. A blue helmet from Chad was killed and three others were seriously wounded when their convoy hit an improvised explosive device in Aguelhok, located in […]

UNFPA Lauds Lesotho’s Positive Maternal Health Work

UNFPA Lauds Lesotho’s Positive Maternal Health Work

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently praised the government for making positive strides towards the reduction of maternal related deaths. UNFPA Representative to Lesotho Marc Derveeuw said the country was working hard to reduce maternal related deaths by recently increasing skilled birth attendants by 23 per cent. Dr Derveeuw said this while handing over […]

Greta Thunberg Becomes Nobel favourite

Greta Thunberg Becomes Nobel favourite

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is the favourite to win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, bookmakers have said after she rose to lead a millions-strong youth movement demanding action on global warming. The 16-year-old is tipped to become the youngest ever recipient of the award, which will be announced next week and has previously […]

Ending Statelessness Is Easy, Says Kyrgyz Winner Of Top U.N. Prize

Ending Statelessness Is Easy, Says Kyrgyz Winner Of Top U.N. Prize

A lawyer who helped Kyrgyzstan become the first country to eradicate statelessness has urged politicians to end the plight of millions of “legal ghosts” who lack any nationality after winning a prestigious U.N. award on Wednesday.   Kyrgyz human rights lawyer Azizbek Ashurov said combating statelessness was “simple”, but required political will, arguing that governments […]

UN Women Laments Gender Disparities At Malawi Immigration Department

UN Women Laments Gender Disparities At Malawi Immigration Department

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has Country Representative, Clara Anyangwe, has lamented poor representation of female employees in decision-making positions in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services. She has since challenged the department to empower female employees to enable them to take an active role in […]

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UN Probes Zimbabwe

UNITED Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Clement Voule this week flew into a storm as his visit coincided with the reported abduction of the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Peter Magombeyi amid worsening human rights violations. Civil society groups say more than 50 people have […]

UN Honours Activist Who Helped Thousands Of Refugees Return To Congo

UN Honours Activist Who Helped Thousands Of Refugees Return To Congo

Congolese activist Evariste Mfaume decided to take action when he found out that thousands of his compatriots who had fled war 20 years ago wanted to come home, but had no place to go. He lobbied the government for land and helped set up farms for 19,000 returning families – an achievement recognised by the […]

Death Happens Every 11 Seconds Among Babies and Pregnant Mothers

Death Happens Every 11 Seconds Among Babies and Pregnant Mothers

Levels of maternal deaths are nearly 50 times higher for women in sub-Saharan Africa than in wealthy countries, and their babies are 10 times more likely to die in their first month of life More women and newborns survive now than ever before, largely thanks to better healthcare, United Nations data showed on Thursday, but […]

Women Demand Repeal of Laws Limiting Freedoms

Women Demand Repeal of Laws Limiting Freedoms

The Women’s Union called for abolishing laws restricting freedoms and the participation of women in commissions and institutions of the transitional government. In a memorandum handed over to Sovereign Council members Aisha Mousa and Raja Abdelmaseeh at the presidential palace yesterday, the Women’s Union called for achieving justice and speeding up the formation of an […]

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