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Gender news from around the world

  • UK's £100m response to South Sudan famine comes from cash already allocated
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Initial optimism quashed after it emerges that announcement of 'new' government support for famine-hit country refers to funding already in placeThe British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating £100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country.On Wednesday, the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as "new humanitarian support" for South Sudan. Continue reading...
  • Is child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country's unique cultural contextEl trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse? ? podcastSubscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterWhen Bolivia's government sought to protect children by keeping the minimum working age at 14, child protesters took to the streets. They demanded the legal working age be lowered. As a result, in some cases, children are allowed to work at the age of 10. Continue reading...
  • El trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse? ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Kary Stewart analiza por qué 850.000 niños trabajan en Bolivia y si los números pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural único del paísIs child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia ? podcastSubscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterCuando el gobierno boliviano trató de proteger a los niños instaurando la edad mínima de 14 años para trabajar, los manifestantes salieron a las calles. Exigieron que la edad legal de trabajo se redujera. Como resultado, en algunos casos, se permite que los niños trabajen a la edad de 10 años. Continue reading...
  • World leaders convene in Oslo for Nigeria food crisis summit
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Hopes of renewed impetus on efforts to prevent famine in north-east Nigeria tempered by concerns over omission of word 'donor' from summit's official titleHow to donate: South Sudan famine, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crisesDays after the world's first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan, the rich countries convening in Norway this week to discuss the Nigeria food crisis face pressure to stump up funds to prevent a second, in north-east Nigeria.Uppermost on the agenda will be the failure of wealthy states to react more quickly to an international humanitarian appeal for more than 5 million people facing severe food shortages. Sensitive issues surrounding the Nigerian government's ongoing offensive against Boko Haram militants in the stricken region are also likely to be discussed at the Oslo conference. Continue reading...
  • How to donate: South Sudan famine and Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crises
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2017
    Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, while Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. Here's a roundup of some of the main appealsThe UN has declared famine in parts of South Sudan ? the world's first since 2011 ? and warned that Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. With the humanitarian system stretched as never before, hunger has reached unprecedented levels according to aid agencies. Continue reading...
  • EU and UK united in effort to combat famine in South Sudan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2017
    Funding response follows UN warnings that 40% of South Sudan's population are in urgent need, with people already dying from hungerNew and existing funds provided by the EU and the UK government will be made available to South Sudan following the declaration of famine in the country. The UN has warned that about 40% of South Sudan's population are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and that people are already dying from hunger caused by famine in parts of the country. Continue reading...
  • Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2017
    UN agency and other organisations warn that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages in the north-east driven by Boko Haram insurgencyHundreds of thousands of children under the age of five in north-eastern Nigeria will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, with up to 20% dying unless more is done to reach them, according to the UN children's fund, Unicef, and other aid organisations.The estimated number of affected children is now 450,000 (pdf), with 14 million people needing humanitarian assistance across the region. Continue reading...
  • UK risks legitimising Sudan's rights abuses with migration talks, MPs warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2017
    Dialogue with Sudan to tackle migrant numbers is putting UK and EU's reputation for championing human rights at risk, says parliamentary committeeUK and European Union attempts to reduce migration from Sudan risk giving legitimacy to its government, which has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians have warned.The focus on cutting migration from Sudan "is likely to push the UK towards institutions and individuals with whom we differ on principle", said a report by MPs and peers (pdf) on the all-party parliamentary group for Sudan and South Sudan. Continue reading...
  • Saving lives under the threat of famine, and tributes to data guru Hans Rosling
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2017
    The aid operations hoping to save lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, and remembering the master statistician and development championIf you are reading this on the web and would prefer to get it in your inbox every two weeks, register for the email editionWith famine declared in parts of South Sudan, and looming in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, Ben Quinn reported on the complex and innovative aid operations under way to save millions of lives. Agencies say that the difference between success and failure of the far-reaching food distribution drive hinges on whether donors will stump up the more than $5.6bn (£4.5bn) needed to tackle food insecurity in the four countries.And tributes poured in for data guru and development champion Hans Rosling, who died aged 68. Ann Linstrand, head of the vaccine unit at Sweden's public health agency, remembered him as a kind and constantly curious genius who touched countless lives with his virtuosity for bringing figures to life, encouraging people around the world to engage with facts about population, global health and inequality that might otherwise have passed them by. Continue reading...
  • Mexican kidnappers pile misery on to Central Americans fleeing violence
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2017
    Despite Trump's 'bad hombres' rhetoric, refugees are more likely to be victims of crime, with criminal gangs often working hand in glove with the authoritiesMarco Martínez had just stepped off the bus with five other Honduran migrants when four police cars sped into the terminal in downtown Cárdenas. They ran, but were quickly captured. Continue reading...
  • Cucumber seeds and beekeeping kits: the new ways to fight famine
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2017
    A complex and innovative aid operation to save millions of lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is under way, but success hinges on donors meeting the $5.6bn costStep out of Juba's makeshift tented terminal and you'll see them lined up along the tarmac as far as the eye can see: hulking white cargo planes stamped with the acronyms of UN aid agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). But the fleets of aircraft that dominate the airport of South Sudan's capital are just one part of a complex and sophisticated humanitarian response to famine, which was declared in parts of the country's north on Monday and looms simultaneously in three other countries for the first time in modern history. Continue reading...
  • Famine declared in South Sudan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.02.2017
    'Man-made' food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the countryFamine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Unimpeded humanitarian access was urgently needed to reverse "an escalating catastrophe", they added. Continue reading...
  • UK to host summit seeking extra funds for family planning
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.02.2017
    Priti Patel sets date for event that was planned before Trump administration reintroduced so-called 'global gag rule' Britain will lead efforts to secure extra funding for family planning at an international summit in London, ministers have said, amid concern about Donald Trump's decision to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas.Priti Patel, the international development secretary, said the summit would take place in July, and the UK was aiming for a "step-change on family planning". Continue reading...
  • Amazon rainforest's final frontier in Brazil under threat from oil and soya ' John Vidal
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.02.2017
    In Brazil's least developed state, Amapá, locals fear that government plans to increase soya and oil production will destroy the area ? and their livelihoodsOil and agribusiness threaten Amapá forests ? in picturesCelso Carlos has made a modest living for 10 years growing manioc and coconuts and rearing poultry on a few hectares of lowland in Brazil's northern Amazon.But three years ago, out of the blue, Carlos was told by an Amapá state judge that he had to move because his land had been bought by a businessman living more than 1,500 miles away in São Paulo. Within months, fences had been put up, and Carlos and other assentados, or settlers, had been forced off their land. Continue reading...
  • Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.02.2017
    Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian networkFamine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn.Tens of millions of people in need of food aid in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are at the mercy not only of an overwhelmed aid system but also the protracted, mainly conflict-driven crises in their own countries, the humanitarian leaders say. Continue reading...
  • Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.02.2017
    Swedish academic, whose gift for making data sing brought his innovative ideas to a worldwide audience, dies after year-long illness It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured lego bricks than a PowerPoint has been described as everything from a data guru to a Jedi master of data visualisation.He died on Tuesday, aged 68, after a year-long illness, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden. Continue reading...
  • Maternal death rates in Afghanistan may be worse than previously thought
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.01.2017
    Unpublished research from the UN Population Fund suggests the country's maternal mortality figures may be higher than reportedFor years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan.In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Continue reading...
  • Trump policy changes would leave lives of millions in balance, agencies warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.01.2017
    Executive orders that would hit funding of UN organisations and US refugee resettlement programme greeted with chorus of condemnationWomen, girls and people fleeing war and persecution will bear the brunt of far-reaching US policy changes likely to be ushered in under Donald Trump, potentially jeopardising the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world, aid agencies have warned.The UN Population Fund and Save the Children are among international organisations braced for Trump to sign leaked executive orders that would have a major impact on funding to the UN and support for US refugee resettlement programmes. Continue reading...
  • 'Global gag rule': stop playing politics with women's lives, MSF tells Trump
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2017
    As affected groups worldwide take in news of Donald Trump's renewal of a policy that has dire implications for family planning, Médecins Sans Frontières has aimed a broadside at the US president's stanceMédecins Sans Frontières has told the Trump administration to stop "playing politics" with women's rights and other global health efforts after the new US president reintroduced a policy likely to affect millions of women and girls around the world.The "global gag rule", which was reinstated by Donald Trump on Monday, withholds USAid funding from any overseas family planning organisation that offers or provides information about abortions. Continue reading...
  • 'Global gag rule' jeopardises future of Asia health initiatives, campaigners say
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2017
    Funding for programmes from sanitation to nutrition will be subject to Trump's far-reaching order, with huge implications for family planning providersWomen's health advocates across Asia have said Donald Trump's decision to reinstate and beef up the "global gag rule" will result in hundreds of thousands of unwanted pregnancies and imperil programmes aimed at improving sanitation, treating Aids and protecting LGBT activists.Health providers and advocacy groups in Delhi, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and beyond have been holding emergency meetings since Tuesday's announcement that US aid funding was now contingent on organisations abandoning their abortion advocacy work, services or information. 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.