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Today In History: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today In History: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This is the Shadow Pandemic growing amidst the COVID-19 crisis and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue […]

International Day For Tolerance

International Day For Tolerance

Fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism […]

‘Take Urgent Steps’ To Calm Intercommunal Violence In Ethiopia – UN Deputy Chief

‘Take Urgent Steps’ To Calm Intercommunal Violence In Ethiopia – UN Deputy Chief

Inclusive dialogue is crucial to diffuse tensions across Ethiopia, said the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday, following reports of dozens killed and injured during brutal attacks in the west of the country over the weekend. According to news reports based on eyewitnesses, more than 50 were killed, many after being rounded up and killed, while homes […]

Standing Up For Vulnerable South Sudanese – UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

Standing Up For Vulnerable South Sudanese – UN Woman Police Officer of the Year

Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo, Gender Adviser at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has won 2020 UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, in honour of her work supporting vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, children, and people with disabilities. Ms Malambo, who is Zambian, and spent 24 years with her country’s […]

The First African Women Leaders To Address the UN General Assembly

The First African Women Leaders To Address the UN General Assembly

As the UN turns 75, we showcase the four African women leaders to address the Assembly. Although most African countries joined the UN in the 1960s soon after they attained independence, with a few joining earlier than that or later, it wasn’t until 2006 that the first African female Head of State, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf […]

UN Praises Women’s Role In Peace Building In Somalia

UN Praises Women’s Role In Peace Building In Somalia

Somalia and the UN have lauded the role played by Somali women in peace, security and governance as the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Hanifa Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of women and human rights development, said the government should now create new pathways for Somali women from all generations to […]

International Day To End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists

International Day To End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists

In the past fourteen years (2006-2019), close to 1,200 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems. These figures do not […]

UN Women To Train Rural Females In Horticulture

UN Women To Train Rural Females In Horticulture

UN Women has said 118 rural women in Shinyanga and Singida regions are set to benefit from Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and entrepreneurship. Training, according to UN Women, set to enhance women in rural economic wellbeing. UN Women Regional Director for Eastern Africa and Southern Africa Roberta Clarke said the training would be conducted in collaboration […]

A Decade After U.N.-Linked Cholera Outbreak, Haitians Demand Justice

A Decade After U.N.-Linked Cholera Outbreak, Haitians Demand Justice

In the middle of a coronavirus pandemic, it is another, more deadly disease that keeps 20-year-old Haitian Loubean Jean up at night – cholera. Jean was about to celebrate his 11th birthday in 2011 when his father was struck with cholera and died aged 49, leaving five children behind. Jean’s mother, who was also sickened […]

Traffickers Profiting As Pandemic Makes Crime Harder To Crack, U.N. warns

Traffickers Profiting As Pandemic Makes Crime Harder To Crack, U.N. warns

Human traffickers are capitalising on the coronavirus pandemic to target people ranging from jobless migrants to out-of-school children, two United Nations specialists said, warning that the fallout from COVID-19 had driven the crime further underground. The global economic slowdown has left countless people jobless, desperate and at risk of exploitation, while victims of trafficking are […]

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