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Somalia’s Puntland To Criminalise FGM

Somalia’s Puntland To Criminalise FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) will soon be criminalised in the semi-autonomous northeastern region of Somalia, Puntland. Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni and his cabinet last week approved an anti-FGM bill, Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) reported. Parliament is to debate and approve it, setting the legal ground for ending the vice that affects 97.9 per cent […]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Safeguard Older Persons During COVID-19 And Beyond

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Safeguard Older Persons During COVID-19 And Beyond

Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older persons are at a significantly higher risk of mortality and severe disease following infection, with those over 80 years old dying at five times the average rate. An estimated 66% of people aged 70 and over have at least one underlying condition, placing them […]

Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

Ending HIV in Children Is Way Off Target – Where to Focus Action Now

World leaders have recently, under the auspices of the United Nations, renewed their commitment to ending AIDS. The new phase offers much-needed hope for the future, provided the commitments made are fulfilled. The adopted political declaration and its recommendations offer strategies for ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and paediatric AIDS. They also address inequalities faced […]

End GBV to Save Women From HIV, Urges UN Agency

End GBV to Save Women From HIV, Urges UN Agency

United Nations HIV/Aids agency has called for urgent action to end gender-based violence (GBV) which exacerbates women’s vulnerability to HIV. “Women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV,” read a May 28, tweet posted on Joint United Nations Program on HIV/Aids (UNAids) account. “Governments must […]

Military Gender Advocate of the Year Highlights ‘Crucial Gender Dimensions’ in Darfur

Military Gender Advocate of the Year Highlights ‘Crucial Gender Dimensions’ in Darfur

The UN chief on Monday, commended an award-winning Kenyan peacekeeper for her gender-mainstreaming work while serving in the restive Darfur region of Sudan. Secretary-General António Guterres lauded 32-year-old Military Gender Advisor Steplyne Nyaboga who served in the recently completed UN-African Hybrid Union Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), for the excellence of her work, for which she […]

UN Gives $65 Million in Aid to Ethiopia, Tigray

UN Gives $65 Million in Aid to Ethiopia, Tigray

 The United Nations is disbursing $65 million for humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, $40 million of which will go to the aid operation in the northern Tigray region. “Ethiopian lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by drought, and children are suffering from malnutrition,” U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said in a statement Thursday while announcing the […]

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 […]