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Gender news from around the world

  • Trump misreads North Korea's sacred dynasty at his peril ' Michael Brabazon
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.09.2017
    In the escalating war of insults, Trump is a 'gangster fond of playing with fire', Kim Jong-un a 'madman' who will be tested as never before. Yet such rhetoric can only add to Kim's heaven-sent conviction that he alone can save humanity Before trying to cow North Korea with military intervention, we need to understand what motivates Kim Jong-un. Dangerously for the US and its Asian allies, there is something missing from the west's analysis of the "rogue state" and its ruling dynasty. Related: How Trump signed a global death warrant for women ' Sarah Boseley Continue reading...
  • Theresa May, anti-slavery crusader? Her craven quest for trade deals suggests not ' Aidan McQuade
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.09.2017
    It is hard to see how the UK can take a lead on fighting slavery when Brexit has forced the prime minister to negotiate with economies driven by exploitationTheresa May has used the 2017 UN general assembly to renew her campaign against slavery, and marked this with the publication of a call to action that has so far been endorsed by 37 nations.While focusing principally on the criminal justice response, May's plan to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking contains some important new departures for the UK government. It recognises the need for governments to act proactively, in partnership with business, to exclude slavery and forced labour from national economies and promote decent work. It acknowledges the importance of better protection for groups that suffer discrimination and migrants. And it underlines the value of proper engagement in the struggle by humanitarian and development workers. Continue reading...
  • 'We are not safe': aid workers fearful after Red Cross shooting in Afghanistan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.09.2017
    Murder of Red Cross physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez by wheelchair-bound patient offers new focal point for concern among aid workersOn the morning of 11 September, Lorena Enebral Perez met with a 21-year-old polio patient at a clinic in northern Afghanistan with a simple, gracious task: to help the wheelchair-bound man to walk.When she approached him, the patient pulled out a pistol and shot her in the chest. Continue reading...
  • No laughing matter: Cameroon students face 10 years in jail for Boko Haram joke
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.09.2017
    Rights groups demand release of three students whose jovial text message exchange turned sour when teacher confiscated phone and contacted policeHuman rights groups are calling for the immediate release of three students given 10-year jail sentences in Cameroon for sharing a joke via text about Boko Haram.An appeal hearing was due to begin on Thursday in the capital, Yaoundé, but has been postponed until 19 October. The students were found guilty of "non-denunciation of terrorism acts" by a military court on 2 November last year. Continue reading...
  • No business, no boozing, no casual sex: when Togo turned off the internet ' Mawuna Koutonin
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.09.2017
    When young people started mobilising online against Togo's president, the state switched off the internet. In the week that followed, people talked more, worked harder and had less sex ? all of which proved bad news for the governmentOn 5 September, at about 10am, the government of Togo cut off the internet. The plan was to limit the threat from a growing number of young people around the country who were mobilising online and talking of toppling the government. Continue reading...
  • One in four kids in the developing world misses out on a bedtime story, says UN
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.09.2017
    Unicef study identifies reading, singing and drawing as 'missing links between survival and school' that hinder development of 25% of two- to four-year-oldsA quarter of young children in developing countries miss out on playing, reading and singing with their parents, according to research by Unicef.The UN children's agency has warned in a report that the cognitive development of millions of under-fives is being undermined because parents are receiving neither the right guidance nor basic support, such as maternity leave. Continue reading...
  • 'There were a lot of baby farms': Sri Lanka to act over adoption racket claims
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.09.2017
    Government to launch inquiry after health minister admits that babies were taken from mothers and sold to foreigners for adoption in 80sSri Lanka is to launch an investigation into adoption fraud following claims that thousands of babies were sold to foreign nationals in the 1980s.Rajitha Senaratne, Sri Lanka's health minister, said the government would set up a DNA databank to enable children adopted abroad to search for their biological parents and other relatives, and vice versa. Continue reading...
  • Latest figures reveal more than 40 million people are living in slavery
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 19.09.2017
    Forced marriage is included for first time in worldwide statistics that show 'money and debt' to be at the heart of the exploitation An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, a quarter of them children, according to new global slavery statistics released today. The figures, from the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage last year. Children account for 10 million of the overall 40.3m total. Continue reading...
  • 'Girls aren't less than boys': Kabul's female veterinarians hope to cure inequality ' Fran McElhone
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 18.09.2017
    A trio of vets in Afghanistan are braving bomb blasts and discrimination to head up an animal welfare practice and inspire a new generation of womenUnpredictable and indiscriminate bomb blasts don't deter the three women heading up Afghanistan's only large-scale animal shelter and veterinary clinic, in Kabul. Neither do the attitudes of the people who told them they couldn't, or shouldn't, be vets.Afghanistan is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the world for gender equality. In this strictly patriarchal society, women are still traditionally married off soon after school age and remain housewives for the rest of their lives. They may face imprisonment for running away from home and many are still behind bars for "moral crimes". Continue reading...
  • Myanmar: footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.09.2017
    Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their homes and fired on them after urging them to leaveSatellite imagery has shown flames engulfing huge swaths of Myanmar's Rakhine state, prompting accusations that state forces are adopting a deliberate and systematic scorched-earth campaign to drive out the Rohingya Muslim minority.In addition to the satellite evidence, captured by Amnesty International, the Guardian has received video footage from Rohingya villagers fleeing their homes as they attempt to make their way to Bangladesh. The clips show fires burning in the distance and hundreds of people hiking up muddy jungle paths and crossing rivers with sacks and baskets crammed with their belongings. The Guardian has been shown at least two images of corpses. Continue reading...
  • Brazil investigates alleged slaughter of Amazonian tribespeople by gold miners
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.09.2017
    Eight to 10 members of a remote indigenous group were allegedly killed by men working for illegal prospectors in Javari ValleyBrazilian authorities are investigating reports of a massacre of up to 10 people from an isolated tribe in the Amazon by illegal gold miners.The killings, alleged to have taken place in Javari Valley, are claimed to have been carried out by men working for gold prospectors who dredge illegally in the region's rivers. Continue reading...
  • Cambodia's YouTube provocateur: 'Is a woman's value measured by virginity?'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 09.09.2017
    From menstruation to masturbation, no topic is off limits for a candid online activist who has established a big following in culturally conservative CambodiaA presenter is standing in front of a white sheet with splashes of pink, signifying blood. The woman, Catherine V Harry, turns to camera and, after a standard Khmer greeting, gets straight to the point."Is the value of women determined by virginity?" she asks. It is this directness, in a country laced with taboos and tradition, that has garnered the 22-year-old more than 1 million views on her Facebook video channel, A Dose of Cath. Continue reading...
  • Indian girl allowed abortion amid claims doctors 'afraid to help' child rape victims
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 07.09.2017
    Supreme court approves termination for 13-year-old who fell pregnant after assault but case highlights concerns that medics do not understand relevant lawThe Indian supreme court has ruled that a 13-year-old rape victim in Mumbai who was left pregnant after the attack can have a termination. It follows a landmark ruling last month that said doctors should make greater effort to support victims of sexual assault regardless of the country's abortion laws.On 25 August, the court ruled that precious time was lost, and added distress caused, to girls and their families when they were forced to bring their individual cases to court. Doctors have been criticised as being far too fearful when dealing with the victims of child rape. Continue reading...
  • Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 06.09.2017
    Fresh outbreak of violence after decades of ethnic tensions has prompted tens of thousands of people to flee to BangladeshDescribed as the world's most persecuted people, 1.1 million Rohingya people live in Myanmar. They live predominately in Rakhine state, where they have co-existed uneasily alongside Buddhists for decades. Continue reading...
  • 'We are an example to the Arab world': Tunisia's radical marriage proposals
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 04.09.2017
    Against strong opposition, Tunisia is pushing ahead with laws that will allow women to marry outside the Muslim faith and grant them equal inheritance rights Tunisia is pressing ahead with ambitious proposals to reform the country's laws on marriage and inheritance, despite widespread resistance from inside and outside the predominately Muslim country.Last month, president Beji Caid Essebsi announced his intention to allow women to marry outside the Islamic faith, and to give them equal rights under the country's inheritance laws. Continue reading...
  • 'We'd rather die than lose': villagers in Indonesia fight for a land rights revolution
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 04.09.2017
    A small community on the island of Sumatra is at the heart of a battle for traditional territories that could finally resolve the muddled and exploitative system of laws governing land ownership in IndonesiaIt is cold and late on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Huddled around a map, a group of elders are planning their battle strategy. In a milestone victory last year, they were promised rights to the land their village has controlled for generations, but today they have had bad news. The local inspector wants to slice off a piece of the forest where they harvest benzoin ? a substance like frankincense ? and give it to a large pulp company. They see this as a betrayal.The elders debate in a mix of languages ? Batak and bahasa Indonesia ? while sipping tea and planning how they will resume the fight the next day. For years now, almost every day has involved this kind of planning. Continue reading...
  • 'The world is a horrible place to be a woman': Brazilian writer launches sexual violence campaign
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.08.2017
    Blogger and activist Clara Averbuck, who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in São Paulo, is using social media to take arms against abuseA Brazilian feminist writer and activist who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in São Paulo has launched an online campaign after writing and posting about the attack. Clara Averbuck's Twitter drive is the latest in a series of digital protests that Brazilian feminists have used to denounce violence against women. Continue reading...
  • Tortured and abused: hidden horror of 'disappeared' women in Syrian prisons ' Hannah Summers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.08.2017
    On International Day of the Disappeared, campaigners are calling on the UN to bring the world's attention to the terrible plight of Assad's detaineesIt was after travelling to Damascus to seek treatment for her sick baby that Rima Mulla Othman was arrested and incarcerated in one of Syria's prisons.In the underground cell where she was tortured, she begged security guards to take her three-month-old son, Omar, to hospital for the medical attention he desperately needed. Continue reading...
  • 'Essential rights': Chile's President Bachelet introduces gay marriage bill
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 29.08.2017
    Signed a week after the country's landmark easing of its abortion ban, the bill is expected to allow same-sex couples to adopt children The Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America's most conservative nations. In 2015, Chile's congress approved same-sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a centre-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. On Monday, she fulfilled her promise. Continue reading...
  • Lamido Sanusi, Kano's 'progressive fraud', takes aim at child marriage in Nigeria ' Emmanuel Akinwotu
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.08.2017
    His daughters tease that he is a mild reformer, but the chief of Nigeria's Kano emirate hopes to end child marriage in the country's deeply conservative northLamido Sanusi II, Nigeria's second highest Islamic authority, is on a mission to end child marriage. As the emir of Kano in northern Nigeria, one of 13 states where there is no minimum age for marriage, he is well placed to understand the issue. Yet Sanusi, a hugely symbolic religious figure, is at pains to point out that it is a social rather than scriptural problem. 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.