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Govt Bans Street Protests to Curb Covid-19

Govt Bans Street Protests to Curb Covid-19

Somalia on Tuesday banned street protests citing Covid-19, in what could raise another possibility of confrontations with opposition groups. The announcement by the Ministry of Security indicated the rising number of infections had forced authorities to shut the door on any street marches. But it came a day after opposition presidential contenders announced they will […]

UN Women Launches Global Call to Creatives – Artivism for Gender Equality

UN Women Launches Global Call to Creatives – Artivism for Gender Equality

As part of our Generation Equality campaign, UN Women is issuing a global call for original artwork that visualizes and celebrates activism for gender equality. As we approach International Women’s Day (8 March) and as world leaders and activists prepare for the 2021 Generation Equality Forum – a global gathering to invest and innovate for […]

UN Urges 57 Countries To Reclaim Women, Children From Syrian Camps

UN Urges 57 Countries To Reclaim Women, Children From Syrian Camps

U.N. rights experts urged 57 states on Monday to repatriate nearly 10,000 of their citizens – women and children associated with Islamic State fighters – held in camps in northeast Syria in “sub-human” conditions without legal process. Under international law, these states have a duty to repatriate their citizens and, if there is evidence, to […]

UN Calls for End of FGM in Somalia

UN Calls for End of FGM in Somalia

Somalia has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the world. According to the latest Somali Health and Demographic Survey, 99 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 have been subjected to this extremely harmful and unacceptable practice. “FGM is a harmful practice that scars girls and […]

New UN Tribunal Ruling Gives Chagossians in Seychelles Further Hope for Return Home

New UN Tribunal Ruling Gives Chagossians in Seychelles Further Hope for Return Home

The displaced people of the Chagos islands living in Seychelles say that the United Nations Maritime Law Tribunal has backed their aspirations for resettlement now that the tribunal has said that Britain has no sovereignty over the islands. Seychelles-based Chagossians say that the tribunal’s ruling last week gives recognition to the Chagossians as a people. […]

Celebs Call For More Women On UK’s Male-Dominated UN Climate Summit Team

Celebs Call For More Women On UK’s Male-Dominated UN Climate Summit Team

Actor Emma Watson and singer Ellie Goulding joined about 450 female politicians, academics and activists on Thursday to demand equal representation for women on Britain’s male dominated team hosting next year’s U.N. climate summit. In a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, they warned that the lack of women in COP26 leadership positions would […]

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

9 December 2020 marks the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, as well as the 72nd anniversary of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”), the first human rights treaty adopted by the […]

Refugees In Ethiopia’s Tigray Set To Run Out Of Food: U.N.

Refugees In Ethiopia’s Tigray Set To Run Out Of Food: U.N.

Nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will run out of food as early as next week if parties to the conflict do not allow humanitarian access, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday. African peace envoys met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, a day after he said that the military […]

UN Women Calls for Concrete Actions to Respond to the Concurrent Shadow Pandemic

UN Women Calls for Concrete Actions to Respond to the Concurrent Shadow Pandemic

Galvanizes partners to fund organizations, respond to survivors’ needs, prevent violence and collect data to build a post-pandemic “new normal” as the 16 days of Activism campaign kicks off As the COVID-19 pandemic and a prevailing culture of impunity threatens progress achieved on gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, UN Women is […]

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 […]