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UN Women Launches New Programme to Foster Economic Participation in Care Industry

UN Women Launches New Programme to Foster Economic Participation in Care Industry

The lockdowns and illnesses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically increased the need to care for children, the elderly and the sick. And in societies where gender inequality and biased norms persist, most of this burden has fallen on women, many of whom have had to leave their regular jobs with no idea […]

New UN-Backed Framework To Boost Agricultural Trade Between African Nations

New UN-Backed Framework To Boost Agricultural Trade Between African Nations

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the African Union (AU) Commission, launched a new continent-wide framework on Thursday, to boost trade and improve food security. According to the UN agency, the initiative will help “unlock the potential” of the agricultural sector to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent and […]

Tigray Crisis Worsening With No Withdrawal Of Eritrean Troops In Sight – UN

Tigray Crisis Worsening With No Withdrawal Of Eritrean Troops In Sight – UN

The UN humanitarian chief has said that sexual violence and starvation were being used as weapons of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray. He urged Eritrea to make good on its pledge and recall its troops. The humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s conflict-stricken Tigray bordering Eritrea is deteriorating with no sign of a promised pullback of Eritrean soldiers […]

Only Half Of Women In Developing World In Charge Of Their Own Bodies

Only Half Of Women In Developing World In Charge Of Their Own Bodies

Only about half of women and girls in developing countries are able to make decisions over their own bodies such as whether they want to have sex, seek healthcare and use contraception, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. From being denied access to contraception or abortion services, made to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and virginity […]

Kenyan Government Rejects UN Refugee Repatriation Plan

Kenyan Government Rejects UN Refugee Repatriation Plan

Kenya has rejected a United Nations agency roadmap for the closure of refugee camps that stretches to December 31 next year. The Kenyan government on March 23 decided to close Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, which collectively host over 500,000 people, a majority of whom are from Somalia, and gave the United Nations High Commissioner […]

U.S. Raises Red Flag Over Human Rights Violations

U.S. Raises Red Flag Over Human Rights Violations

The United States has raised the red flag over alleged human rights violations in Zimbabwe, which include torture of government critics by security forces. In its country report on human rights practices in 2020, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour said Zimbabwean security forces acted with tacit support from […]

UN Women Country Representative Stresses Improvement of Women’s Participation in Decision Making

UN Women Country Representative Stresses Improvement of Women’s Participation in Decision Making

The United Nations Women Country Representative to Liberia, Marie Gareth Nizigama has pointed out that while women represent half of the Liberian population, they are still grossly underrepresented in politics and decision making positions. She made the call at day-long women experience sharing innovative ways of addressing violence against women and girls and achieving gender […]

U.N. Forced Labour Drive Hits Target With Backing Of 50 Nations

U.N. Forced Labour Drive Hits Target With Backing Of 50 Nations

The world has reached a “major milestone” in the drive to combat modern slavery after Sudan became the fiftieth country to back a United Nations treaty against forced labour, the U.N. International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday. The legally binding 2014 pact – a protocol to the 1930 ILO Forced Labour Convention – compels […]

International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

The Right to the Truth The right to the truth is often invoked in the context of gross violations of human rights and grave breaches of humanitarian law. The relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, torture, require to know what happened to them. The right to the truth implies […]

U.N. Calls For Stop To ‘Horrific’ Sexual Violence In Ethiopia’s Tigray

U.N. Calls For Stop To ‘Horrific’ Sexual Violence In Ethiopia’s Tigray

A dozen top United Nations officials on Monday called for a stop to indiscriminate and targeted attacks against civilians in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, particularly calling out reports of rape and “other horrific forms of sexual violence.” In a joint statement the officials, including U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock, rights chief Michelle Bachelet and refugee […]