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Gender news from around the world

  • 'My grandsons' fight to avenge their father': child soldiers in Afghanistan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.05.2016
    Despite government pledges to rid its armed forces of children, the number of minors recruited to fight is risingWhen Firoza handed her two grandsons Kalashnikovs and enlisted them in her militia, it was, she says, to give them a chance to avenge their father who was killed by the Taliban.Known in Helmand by her nom de guerre ? Hajani ? 54-year-old Firoza fought for years to repel the militants from Sistani, in Marjah district, commanding a unit of the US-backed government militia called the Afghan Local Police (ALP). During the war, in which she lost three of her six adult sons, she armed most of her male family members, including two children. Continue reading...
  • Children working in Indonesia's tobacco fields risk poisoning, says report
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.05.2016
    Human Rights Watch says that thousands of children continue to work in tobacco fields across the country, despite labour lawsChildren working in Indonesia's tobacco fields are being exposed to acute nicotine poisoning and serious safety hazards as child labour continues unabated in the industry according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.The world's fifth-largest tobacco producer, Indonesia has more than 500,000 tobacco fields feeding the national and international tobacco markets. While international and domestic laws prohibit minors from performing hazardous work, thousands of children continue to work in tobacco fields says Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 130 children about working conditions on small-scale farms across the country. Continue reading...
  • Gender inequality 'an insurmountable obstacle for many women'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    UN population fund says lack of empowerment affects every aspect of life for women in the world's 48 least developed countriesMillions of women and girls in the world's poorest countries are being denied the opportunity to help drive development because of the "countless barriers" they still face in health, education and employment, a report warns.The study, by the UN population fund, UNFPA, says that while the 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have made considerable progress over the past few decades in reducing infant, child and maternal mortality, and increasing contraceptive use, gender inequality often remains an insurmountable obstacle. Continue reading...
  • Why are so many children around the world out of school? ? podcast transcript
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    Lucy Lamble looks at why 75 million children can't access adequate education, and at a new initiative to raise funds to deliver education for all childrenListen to the podcastReporter and presenter: LL Lucy Lamble Continue reading...
  • Campaigners celebrate slavery prosecutions in Mauritania
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    Mauritania hints at progress on civil rights with convictions of two slave-owners and release of two anti-slavery activistsAnti-slavery campaigners in Mauritania say two court victories last week could be significant in the fight against the practice. In only the country's second prosecution for slavery ? and the first by a new court established alongside an anti-slavery law passed last year ? two slave-owners were sentenced to five years in prison, with one year to be served and four years suspended. Continue reading...
  • Schools reduced to rubble and ruins by conflict ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    From Yemen to Syria, South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, children are missing out on education as schools are destroyed by war Continue reading...
  • Divert 10% of EU funds to deal with refugee crisis, says Germany
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    Development minister Gerd Müller also says EU's mechanisms for responding to refugee crisis are not fit for purposeGermany wants to divert 10% of the EU budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis, after a lack of joined-up thinking exacerbated the challenges posed by irregular migration to Europe.The German development minister, Gerd Müller, said the EU's current mechanisms for responding to the refugee crisis were not fit for purpose, and suggested appointing a special commissioner to lead a combined European refugee strategy, as well as other global humanitarian challenges. Continue reading...
  • UN condemns 16-year jail sentence for Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.05.2016
    UN high commissioner for human rights joins chorus of international disapproval as Tehran revolutionary court finds ailing activist guilty of fresh chargesThe international community has reacted with outrage after Narges Mohammadi, the ailing Iranian human rights activist already serving a six-year jail term, was given a further 16-year sentence by a revolutionary court in Tehran.Mohammadi, 44, was found guilty of "establishing and running the illegal splinter group Legam", a human rights movement that campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty. Should an upper court uphold the judgment, she will have to serve at least 10 years. Continue reading...
  • Aid watchdog urges DfID to consolidate gains on water, sanitation and hygiene
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    Success of Department for International Development schemes in reaching 63 million people acknowledged, but greater focus on sustainability encouragedThe UK has brought water, sanitation and hygiene improvements to almost 63 million people in poorer countries over the past few years, but its aid programmes still need to be more sustainable, targeted and detailed, according to the independent aid watchdog.In a new report, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) says the Department for International Development (DfID) has made a "significant contribution" to extending global access to water, sanitation and hygiene, noting that DfID managed to exceed its target of reaching 60 million people through its programmes between 2011 and 2015. Continue reading...
  • Syrian women rise above differences and forge a statement of unity
    UN Women – News 23.05.2016
    In an effort to build consensus to end the Syrian crisis, a diverse group of over 130 Syrian women political and civil society activists met in Beirut, Lebanon from 20-22 May and forged a statement of unity, overcoming significant political divides.
  • Angelina Jolie gets new role as visiting professor at LSE
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    Actor to join ex-foreign secretary William Hague as 'professor in practice' as part of new MSc in women, peace and securityShe met her husband Brad Pitt while playing an assassin, and won an Oscar for her portrayal of a sociopathic patient in a mental hospital, but Angelina Jolie's latest role may be her most surprising yet.The Hollywood actor and director has been appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, teaching a course on the impact of war on women. Continue reading...
  • Press release: At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for womenâs rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action
    UN Women – News 23.05.2016
    UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey. The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanityâpeopleâs safety, dignity and the right to thriveâat the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders' roundtables on priority action areas.
  • Public-private deal rejuvenates healthcare in Rajasthan ? at a cost
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    The reluctance of doctors to work in remote rural areas has set back healthcare in India's villages, but a public-private partnership in Rajasthan aims to fix thatIn the women's ward, two newborns are sleeping beside their mothers, one of whom is happy because hers is a boy. The other is unhappy because her child is a girl, and her sixth daughter. The ward is in the primary healthcare centre (PHC) at Bhatodi, in the middle of the countryside, on Highway No 12 in Rajasthan. Continue reading...
  • Humanitarian official effectively expelled from Sudan, says UN
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    Foreign ministry informs top official for UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan that his annual permit will not be renewed Sudan has "de facto expelled" a senior UN humanitarian affairs official after refusing to renew his "stay" permit for another year, a UN statement said on Sunday.The foreign ministry informed the UN in Sudan that the annual permit for Ivo Freijsen, who heads the Sudan office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will not be renewed when it expires on 6 June, according to the statement. Continue reading...
  • All roads lead to Djibouti as refugees flee Yemen even as migrants head there
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    Refugees sailing across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait to escape Yemen's civil war are passing migrants heading in the opposite direction in search of a better lifeNewcomers do not want to stay long in Obock. In the summer, 50C temperatures and ferocious sandstorms sear this dusty port in Djibouti's underdeveloped north. And yet the small town has become a haven for two very different groups. Travelling south are refugees fleeing the war in Yemen, 25 kilometres away across the Bab-el-Mandeb strait. Heading in the opposite direction are Ethiopian migrants taking smugglers' vessels towards the very same conflict.Nearly 35,000 people have made the journey southwards across the strait (which translates as Gate of Tears) to the tiny authoritarian state of Djibouti since March 2015, when Houthi Shia rebels overthrew the Yemeni government and Saudi Arabia responded with a relentless bombing campaign. Just over half are Yemeni. According to the regional mixed migration secretariat (RMMS), which monitors movements between the Horn of Africa and Yemen, the rest are Somali refugees, Djiboutian returnees and other nationalities. Continue reading...
  • World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.05.2016
    World leaders convene in Istanbul with official optimism offset by concerns that summit may prove 'expensive talking shop' rather than catalyst for changeHundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little. Representatives of 175 countries, including 57 heads of states or governments, will attend the world humanitarian summit, as the outgoing UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, attempts to restructure the way the world responds to humanitarian crises. Continue reading...
  • How southern Africa is coping with worst global food crisis for 25 years
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.05.2016
    From Angola to Zimbabwe, food prices are soaring and malnutrition is on the rise as the latest El Niño weather event takes a brutal tollDrought is affecting 1.4 million people across seven of Angola's 18 provinces. Food prices have rocketed and acute malnutrition rates have doubled, with more than 95,000 children affected. Food insecurity is expected to worsen from July to the end of the year. Continue reading...
  • Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results ' Tewodros Melesse
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.05.2016
    Women are 14 times more likely to die than men in a crisis. We are calling on the world humanitarian summit to prioritise reproductive healthcareAbout 125 million people are affected by crises. A quarter of those people are female and of reproductive age ? and women are 14 times more likely than men to die in a crisis.On Monday global thinkers, activists and politicians will come together for the world humanitarian summit in Istanbul to tackle some of these issues. It's time for them and us to act as the world faces the largest refugee crisis since the second world war. Continue reading...
  • Across Africa, the worst food crisis since 1985 looms for 50 million
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.05.2016
    A second year without rain threatens to bring catastrophe for some of the poorest people in the world. Donor countries, in the grip of wars and refugee crises, have been slow to pledge funds. But by the time they do, it could be too lateHarvest should be the time for celebrations, weddings and full bellies in southern Malawi. But Christopher Witimani, Lilian Matafle and their seven children and four grandchildren had nothing to celebrate last week as they picked their meagre maize crop. Related: 'It's a disaster': children bear brunt of southern Africa's devastating drought ' Lucy Lamble Continue reading...
  • 50 million Africans face hunger after crops fail again
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.05.2016
    UN fears that food aid will not arrive in time to help people of ravaged countriesUp to 50 million people in Africa will need food by Christmas as a crisis across the continent triggered by El Niño worsens, the UN and major international charities have warned.A second year of deep drought in much of southern and eastern Africa has ravaged crops, disrupted water supplies and driven up food prices, leaving 31 million people needing food now, and 20 million more likely to run out this year. Continue reading...
  • Getting humanitarian action right for women and girls
    UN Women – News 20.05.2016
    In a statement ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says getting humanitarian action right for women is central to increasing the effectiveness of humanitarian response, bridging the gap with development, and accelerating the path to recovery for the millions affected.
  • 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.