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Gender news from around the world

  • EU greenlights Dow-DuPont mega-merger raising food security fears
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.03.2017
    Green groups say $130bn merger signals lack of choice for farmers who need more seed diversity to adapt to changing climate The EU has approved a $130bn mega-merger between Dow and DuPont, heralding a new round of agribusiness takeovers that environmentalists fear will endanger the future of sustainable food production.Brussels is widely expected to clear another hookup between Syngenta and ChemChina in the next two weeks, with notification of a marriage between Monsanto and Bayer expected later in the year. Continue reading...
  • Nations pledge to cut women's unpaid work and close the gender pay gap
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.03.2017
    Agreement made at UN's Commission on the Status of Women overcomes efforts by US and Russia to weaken text on violence, and sexual and reproductive rightsUN member states have pledged to close the gender pay gap and reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work that falls disproportionately on women.After two weeks of intense discussions in New York, the Commission on the Status of Women ended with commitments by states to advance women's economic empowerment by implementing equal pay policies, gender audits and job evaluations. The gender pay gap stands at 23% globally, according to UN figures. Continue reading...
  • Seven dead in worst attack on aid workers since South Sudan war began
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.03.2017
    UN condemns 'heinous murder' of humanitarian staff from Unicef partner and calls on 'all those in a position of power' in South Sudan to end the violenceSix aid workers and their driver have been killed in South Sudan in the worst single attack on humanitarian staff in the country's three-year civil war.The aid workers, from a Unicef partner, Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organisation (Gredo), which works to support children released from armed groups, were in a vehicle marked as belonging to an NGO when they were attacked on Saturday. Four of the dead were South Sudanese and three were Kenyans. Continue reading...
  • Why is east Africa facing a hunger crisis and what can be done? ? podcast transcript
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.03.2017
    As hunger spreads in east Africa, famine threatens to take hold beyond South Sudan. Lucy Lamble explores the background and response to the crisisListen to the podcast Reports and presenters: LL Lucy Lamble Continue reading...
  • Migrant domestic workers in Jordan run the gauntlet between abuse and jail
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.03.2017
    Migrants in Jordan who flee abusive employers risk being imprisoned as illegal workers if they fail to find shelter with their embassiesMaricel realised too late that the window had locked shut behind her. The 31-year-old Filipina was perched outside a second floor window, blood filling her mouth where two teeth had been smashed out. She had climbed on to the ledge to flee her employer, who had grabbed her hair and bashed her face into a wall, Maricel says. "It's so high. I want to go back, but the glass doesn't open. Madam is close. She is screaming, 'I kill you now!'" Maricel says. "What can I do? I jumped." Continue reading...
  • World Water Day quiz ? are you a fount of wisdom?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.03.2017
    Access to water is a human right, but roughly one in 10 people are without a safe source. Why not take the plunge and discover whether you're an aquaphile or an aquaphobe?In which city do the Blue and White Nile meet?JubaCairoKhartoumLuxorBased on average daily usage in the developed world, what uses most water?ShoweringWashing up Drinking Toilet flushing"Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink" ? which poet wrote this?Carol Ann DuffySamuel Taylor Coleridge Benjamin ZephaniahDorothy WordsworthWhat does the Arabic word sahra' mean?CamelDesertWater hole SandWhere is the most difficult place in the world for households to access clean water?Papua New GuineaKyrgyzstanChadYemenIn ancient Rome, cold baths were "frigidarium" and warm baths were "tepidarium". What were hot baths?TempariumSoldariumThermariumCaldariumLago de Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America. Which country is it in?ParaguayVenezuelaSurinameBrazilTranspiration in plants is similar to what process in humans?DigestionEvaporationAbsorptionPerspirationWhat percentage of the world's water is salt water?97%37%67%17%What is the wettest capital city in the world?Monrovia OttawaLimaAmsterdam0 and above.A complete washout1 and above.A damp squib2 and above.You need some wet sponge treatment3 and above.You've not made a big splash here4 and above.A bit of a drip5 and above.Time to get your sea legs6 and above.A drop in the ocean of knowledge7 and above.You've certainly tapped into your knowledge bank8 and above.You're conquering your thirst for knowledge9 and above.A deluge of knowledge10 and above.An ocean of knowledge Continue reading...
  • 'All I brought with me': Syrian refugees show their possessions ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.03.2017
    When they fled their homes at the start of the conflict, these Syrian families thought they would return within days. Six years on, still in Lebanon and Jordan ? and with no chance of return ? they show what they brought with themAll photographs by Andrew McConnell/British Red Cross Continue reading...
  • Ethiopia's deadly rubbish dump landslide was down to politics, not providence ' William Davison
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.03.2017
    Fadila Bargicho believes divine intervention saved the life of one of her two sons when a landfill site collapsed near Addis Ababa. The reality is more prosaicIt was only a misplaced shoe that prevented Fadila Bargicho from losing a second child when an avalanche of rubbish crushed makeshift houses, killing at least 113 people in Addis Ababa earlier this month.An impatient Ayider Habesha, nine, had left his older brother searching for his footwear. He headed to religious lessons in a hut next to the towering dump. Ayider was buried alive with his six classmates and teacher when a chunk of the open landfill gave way on the evening of 11 March. His body was recovered two days later. Continue reading...
  • Trump's proposed cut to school meals scheme branded 'cruel and shameful'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.03.2017
    US lawmakers united in condemnation of plan to discontinue 'life-changing' aid programme that has provided food for 40 million children in poor countries Donald Trump's plan to cut a school meals programme that has reached 40 million children worldwide has been branded "cruel and shameful" by US lawmakers.A $182m (£145m) bipartisan US aid enterprise, known as the McGovern-Dole food for education programme, has been described as life-changing by Republican and Democratic senators and members of Congress alike. The scheme, which was established by the late George McGovern and former senator Bob Dole, has helped to promote political, economic and social stability in poor countries. Continue reading...
  • Why is east Africa facing a hunger crisis and what can be done? ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.03.2017
    As hunger spreads in east Africa, famine threatens to take hold beyond South Sudan. Lucy Lamble explores the background and response to the crisisRead the transcriptSubscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterA combination of drought and conflict has left the lives of more than 20 million people in east Africa in the balance. As the danger grows that other countries will follow South Sudan into famine, Lucy Lamble examines how the biggest crisis since 1945 has evolved and what can be done to tackle the situation. Continue reading...
  • Support building for landmark move to overturn El Salvador's anti-abortion law
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.03.2017
    Parliamentary bill proposing to loosen draconian restrictions on abortion finds favour after religious groups, doctors and others voice public supportEl Salvador's controversial law banning abortion in all circumstances, which has provoked ruthless miscarriages of justice, could be overturned in what has been described as a historic move.Momentum is building around a parliamentary bill proposing to allow abortion in cases of rape or human trafficking; when the foetus in unviable; or to protect the pregnant woman's health or life. Continue reading...
  • Rotavirus vaccine could save lives of almost 500,000 children a year
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.03.2017
    Positive outcome of trials in Niger fuels hope that vaccine can protect children in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond from infection that causes often fatal diarrhoeaA vaccine capable of enduring scorching temperatures for months at a time could strike a decisive blow in the fight against rotavirus, preventing nearly half a million children around the world from dying of diarrhoea each year.Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has hailed successful trials of the BRV-PV vaccine in Niger as a "game changer" in tackling rotavirus infection, which is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea globally and claims the lives of an estimated 1,300 children daily, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading...
  • Shock tactics: how the arms industry trades on our fear of terrorism
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.03.2017
    In his book Indefensible ? Seven Myths That Sustain the Global Arms Trade, Paul Holden points to the weapons industry's role in generating today's warsA few years after the millennium, the world was at its most peaceable in recorded history. Nonetheless, a 2006 Gallup poll revealed that 76% of Americans believed that the world was, in that year, more dangerous than it had been any time in the recent past. Continue reading...
  • Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.03.2017
    Question marks over support for short-term projects run by UN population fund prompt concern over future of programmes in Syria, east Africa and beyondFunding cuts threatened by the Trump administration will jeopardise the lives of tens of thousands of women and girls, including many who have fled violence in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, campaigners warn.A total of 27 short-term UN population fund (UNFPA) projects, worth almost $23m (£19m), are supported by the US. Continue reading...
  • Yemen at 'point of no return' as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.03.2017
    Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food shortagesAid agencies have warned that Yemen is "at the point of no return" after new figures released by the UN indicated 17 million people are facing severe food insecurity and will fall prey to famine without urgent humanitarian assistance.A total of 6.8 million people are deemed to be in a state of emergency ? one step from famine on the five-point integrated food security phase classification (IPC), the standard international measure ? with a further 10.2 million in crisis. The numbers reflect a 21% increase in hunger levels in the Arab world's poorest state since June 2016. Continue reading...
  • Holi festival: Delhi women forced into lockdown amid sexual harassment fears
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 13.03.2017
    Students attack 'degrading' decision to confine them to halls to avoid India's colourful but sometimes rowdy festival As India's raucous spring festival of Holi approached this year, a memo circulated among two women's dormitories at the University of Delhi.Undergraduate women would be locked inside the student halls from 9pm on Sunday until 6pm on Monday, it read ? well after most Indians had finished smearing each other in dye, dancing or drinking from cups of bhang lassi, a milky cannabis-based concoction. Continue reading...
  • US may support world's worst abusers of women's rights at UN gender talks
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 13.03.2017
    Donald Trump's 'global gag rule' could align US with Iran, Sudan, Syria and other countries targeted by US travel ban at Commission on the Status of WomenUS negotiators at this week's UN Commission on the Status of Women could find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the world's worst violators of women's rights, activists have warned.Donald Trump's reinstatement of the "global gag rule" and his proposed funding cuts to the UN are expected to embolden right-wing conservative groups seeking to undermine women's rights during the CSW talks in New York. Continue reading...
  • Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.03.2017
    Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous abuseEvery night for almost three years, Nicoleta Bolos lay awake at night on a dirty mattress in an outhouse in Sicily's Ragusa province, waiting for the sound of footsteps outside the door. As the hours passed, she braced herself for the door to creak open, for the metallic clunk of a gun being placed on the table by her head and the weight of her employer thudding down on the dirty grey mattress beside her.The only thing that she feared more than the sound of the farmer's step outside her door was the threat of losing her job. So she endured night after night of rape and beatings while her husband drank himself into a stupor outside. Continue reading...
  • 'Tambourine Army' hits back against sexual violence in the Caribbean
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.03.2017
    New organisation in region with high rate of sex assault wants to move from culture of blaming victims to one of shaming perpetratorsEarly one Sunday in January, a group of women arrived at a church in the rolling, green hills of rural Jamaica. They were not there to worship, but to show support for a young victim of sexual abuse: a 15-year-old girl, who had allegedly been raped by the church's pastor a few weeks earlier.The 14 activists entered the church and sat in silence, but angry words broke out when they were approached by a different pastor; the confrontation culminated with him being struck in the head by a tambourine. Continue reading...
  • Dating app helps Indians with disabilities find their perfect partner ' Priti Salian
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 10.03.2017
    An app targeted specifically at India's 26.8 million disabled people promises to create newfound opportunities for striking up relationshipsAt 33, Bangalore-based Srilatha KS works for a top computer hardware company and takes home a five-figure salary. But at an age when some of her friends already have children, she doesn't have a partner ? something that is highly unusual in India, where the average age for women to marry is 22. Srilatha's parents haven't proactively sought a spouse for her. "They assumed no one would be interested in marrying their paraplegic daughter," she says. Continue reading...
  • Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls
    UN Women – News 17.11.2016
    Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
  • Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    In recent years, farmers all over Uganda have experienced changes in climate. Extreme weather such as heavy rains, flooding, drought, landslides and unreliable seasons affect the livelihoods of the many families who live off the land. The changing conditions impact men and women differently and challenge the way they work together. Could revisiting the traditional gender roles be a part of the solution?

  • What is the United Nations University all about?

    What is the United Nations University all about?

    United Nations University – Agile and Adept: Marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations University in Japan, this video animation explains how the UNU is uniquely organized as an agile and adept think tank composed of a network of highly specialized institutes distributed across the globe.

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former President of Iceland, was the first woman to be democratically elected President in the world. Women's rights, cultural diversity, the promotion of world peace and transnational dialogues have been running themes in Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's work. She has also been an important advocate of equality and the empowerment of women.