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Women protest ‘rape culture and impunity’ in Senegal

Women protest ‘rape culture and impunity’ in Senegal

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PROTESTS, Senegal, UN Women, West Africa, WOMEN
‘We are here to make the culture of rape stop, for justice to do its work’ say women after a series of high-profile rape cases in the country Sitting in a circle, brandishing placards and wearing purple T-shirts reading ‘Justice for Louise’, several dozen Senegalese feminists gathered in Dakar's Place de la Nation on Saturday to protest what they called a culture of rape and impunity in the country. The women, and some men, were demanding justice for a 15-year-old girl, known as  ‘Louise’, who was allegedly raped by the 19-year-old son of a celebrity journalist in May. A video of the incident was widely seen after being posted online.  The victim’s mother lodged a complaint, but police were slow to act. Worried about a potential cover-up, activists launched the digi...
President Kenyatta decries surge in Gender Based Violence in Africa

President Kenyatta decries surge in Gender Based Violence in Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, UN Women, WOMEN
President Uhuru Kenyatta has decried the rising cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Africa saying the situation had reached global emergency levels. He said Covid-19 had exacerbated the already dire global GBV situation and called for urgent corrective action by the international community. "Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation, and turned Gender Based Violence into a global emergency. Emerging data indicates a surge of at least 25% in violence against women around the world," President Kenyatta said. The Kenyan Head of State spoke on Wednesday evening during a panel discussion at the opening session of Generation Equality Forum (GEF) in Paris, France. GEF is a global gender equality gathering convened by UN Women and co-hosted by Mexico and France. Presiden...
Erdogan defends Turkey’s withdrawal from violence against women treaty

Erdogan defends Turkey’s withdrawal from violence against women treaty

ADVOCACY, EUROPE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TURKEY, UN Women, WOMEN
Turkey officially withdrew on Thursday from an international treaty to prevent violence against women, enacting a decision that drew condemnation from many Turks and Western allies when President Tayyip Erdogan announced it in March. Thousands were set to protest across Turkey, where a court appeal to halt the withdrawal was rejected this week. "We will continue our struggle," Canan Gullu, president of the Federation of Turkish Women's Associations, said on Wednesday. "Turkey is shooting itself in the foot with this decision." She said that since March, women and other vulnerable groups had been more reluctant to ask for help and less likely to receive it, with COVID-19 fuelled economic difficulties causing a dramatic increase in violence against them. The Istanbul Convent...
Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
The trial of the ousted leader is hearing its first testimony in a junta court. Suu Kyi faces a widening array of charges such as flouting coronavirus rules and "illegally" importing walkie-talkies. The trial of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi got underway on Monday in the capital Naypyidaw, more than four months after a military coup. Criminal convictions would bar Suu Kyi from running for office. Suu Kyi's prosecution prevented her National League for Democracy (NLD) party from serving a second five-year term following last year's landslide election victory. Army officials have also threatened to dissolve the NLD for alleged involvement in election fraud. hat charges does Suu Kyi face? The 75-year-old stands accused of violating cor...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WOMEN, WORLD
Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with corruption by the country's military junta, state media reported Thursday, adding to a raft of legal cases against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.The new charge follows an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission into several accusations leveled at Suu Kyi. It found her "guilty of committing corruption using her rank," the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said. She was charged under the Anti-Corruption Law section 55, and if found guilty could face a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.Suu Kyi was overthrown from her position of state counselor and de facto leader of the country when the military seized power in a February 1 coup. She has been held in detention since then and charged with a series of ...
Organon South Africa Launches as New Women’s Health Company

Organon South Africa Launches as New Women’s Health Company

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, UN Women, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Dr Abofele Khoele named as Managing Director to drive women’s healthcare organisation Organon (www.Organon.com), in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; Organon South Africa, launching with a commitment to listen to women to understand her health needs and help identify solutions that are urgently needed. Organon (NYSE: OGN), today celebrates its launch as the only global company of its size focused on women’s health. Worldwide women’s life expectancy is on average 75.6 years while in South Africa life expectancy for women is on average 68.42 years.1 Organon South Africa aims to address the healthcare issues facing South African women and those in the Sub-Saharan region, and in turn to significantly improve their health. With an international footpr...
Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

Ex-Myanmar police officers reveal how they were told to shoot protesters – and why they defected

EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
Myanmar's security forces have been accused by Amnesty International of "premeditated" attacks on peaceful protesters. In a safe house in Myanmar, resistance is growing. Quietly, in the gloomy light, a group of men raise their hands in a three-finger salute. Traditionally a sign of defiance and support for pro-democracy protesters, for these men it symbolises so much more. Once police or soldiers, they now plan to fight the forces they used to serve. Just talking to us is a huge risk; if caught the defectors could be killed. https://2fc4f8702eda46552746395c0d5f4dbe.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Advertisement So in hiding, faces and voices disguised for protection, they explain why they decided to defy the junta. Image: Sky Ne...
South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

South Sudan sanctions renewed by UN Security Council

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, Security, South Sudan, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS, The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to renew for a year, till May 31, 2022, an arms embargo against South Sudan as well as targeted sanctions of travel ban and asset freeze against individuals and entities. Resolution 2577, which was adopted with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions, extends until July 1, 2022, the mandate of the Panel of Experts, which assists the work of the South Sudan Sanctions Committee. It expresses the Security Council's readiness to review the arms embargo, through modification, suspension, or progressive lifting of these measures, in the light of progress achieved on five key benchmarks. It requests the UN secretary-general to conduct, no later than April 15, 2022, an assessment of progress achieved on the key benchma...
Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, June 2021

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Security, Somalia, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Bank
https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/2021_06_forecast.pdf Overview In June, Estonia will have the presidency. The Council may hold meetings in the Security Council chamber this month, although high-level meetings will most likely continue to be held by videoconference (VTC). Estonia has chosen to hold three open debates: children and armed conflict, cybersecurity and working methods. The children and armed conflict open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report will be at ministerial level and will be chaired by the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Briefings are expected from a senior Secretariat official,UNICEF and a civil society representative. The cybersecurity open debate will also be at ministerial level, with the Prime Minister of Eston...
GENDER BASED VIOLANCE: Kenya to invest $21.3 million towards prevention

GENDER BASED VIOLANCE: Kenya to invest $21.3 million towards prevention

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Kenyan Parliament, LIFE STYLE, PAN AFRICA, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, Women Emamanicipation
NAIROBI, Kenya According to the United Nations, Female Genital Mutilation is any procedure that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. /VCG The Kenyan government plans to invest Ksh 2.3 billion (Appx $21.3 million) towards prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and ultimately increase the funding to KSh 5 billion (Appx $46.4 million), President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday. Kenyatta made the announcement during the virtual launch of the Kenyan chapter of Generation Equality Forum, and also enumerated various initiatives the government had put in place to ensure gender equity. “When countries respect women rights, promote gender equality, and put women and girls at the centre of their development agenda, their societies and economies th...
UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

UN’s Bachelet: Israel’s Gaza strikes may constitute ‘war crimes’

Asia, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says Israeli attacks resulted in extensive civilian deaths and major destruction in besieged enclave, home to two million people. The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said Israel’s recent attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that killed more than 200 Palestinians may constitute “war crimes” if they are shown to be disproportionate. Bachelet’s comments on Thursday came as she opened a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, called at the request of Pakistan – on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – and Palestine. The UN official said she had seen no evidence that civilian buildings in Gaza hit by Israeli fighter jets were being used for military purposes. “If found disproportionate, such attacks m...
ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

ETHIOPIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

AFRICA, African Union, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, INTERNATIONAL, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, REFUGEE, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, UNICEF, WORLD, World Health Organization
A power struggle between Ethiopia’s federal government and the northern Tigray Region’s political leaders has spawned a military conflict and humanitarian crisis that threaten to destabilize the Horn of Africa. On November 4, 2020, Ethiopia’s federal government launched what it called a “law enforcement operation” against “rogue” leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s ruling party, after TPLF fighters attacked a federal military base. TPLF leaders called the federal government’s response a war against the people of Tigray. But tensions between the central government and TPLF have been smoldering since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s appointment in April 2018 following a monthslong popular revolt.  He initiated a peace agreement with neighboring ...
Mankind owes children the very best

Mankind owes children the very best

AFRICA, African Union, Central African Republic, CHILDREN, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nigeria, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, UN, UN Women, UNICEF, West Africa
LAGOS, Nigeria This year’s Children’s Day has been formally observed, but critical issues affecting the welfare of children in Nigeria linger, begging for urgent attention. Children are the future of nations. Sadly in Nigeria, that future is being steadily dealt with deadly blows: Schools are being shut for insecurity, schooling is expensive where available, parents are incapacitated by economic depression aided by COVID-19, school curriculum is aghast with policy somersault and lack of alignment with employment realities, and there are no jobs after hard schooling. Indeed, millions of Nigerian children continue to be left behind and their rights denied, because they still lack access to good education, adequate nutrition and quality healthcare, not discounting those caug...
Karenni resistance fighters open new front against MYANMAR Forces

Karenni resistance fighters open new front against MYANMAR Forces

BREAKING NEWS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, POLITICS, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNICEF
ASIA Pacific As armed resistance to the Myanmar military’s February 1 coup continues to grow around the country, a new front has opened in the struggle between regime forces and civilians fighting back with homemade weapons.  Since late last week, major clashes have been reported in an area of southern Shan State and northern Kayah (Karenni) State about 200km east of the capital Naypyitaw and about the same distance north of Kayin State’s Hpapun (Mutraw) District, which has also seen a dramatic escalation of hostilities. Unlike the situation in Kayin State, where the conflict is between the military and the Karen National Liberation Army, an established ethnic armed group, the fighting in Shan State’s Pekhon Township and Demoso, Bawlakhe and Loikaw in Kayah State mainly ...
How MTN refurbished Kamukira health centre IV came to the rescue during lockdown

How MTN refurbished Kamukira health centre IV came to the rescue during lockdown

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MTN, TECHNOLOGY, Twitter, UGANDA, UN Women, WORLD
It’s been over a year since the emergence of covid-19 in Uganda which tested the fortitude of many of the country’s structures, the health sector the most. Around the steep slopes and hills of Kabale district, news of the virus outbreak broke at Kabale regional referral hospital. According to ministry of health, Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is a 280 bed hospital located in Kabale Municipality in Southwestern Uganda, approximately 426 Kilometers from Kampala. The hospital serves a population of about 2 million people in the districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rukungiri, Kanungu and some parts of Ntungamo as well as people from neighboring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But for two weeks, the very important and strategic referral hospital was closed ...
WHO/UNICEF statement on the 40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

WHO/UNICEF statement on the 40th anniversary of the international code of marketing breastmilk substitutes

HEALTH, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UN Women, UNICEF
GENEVA, Switzerland In 1981, health officials from around the world gathered at the World Health Assembly to address aggressive marketing tactics by the infant and young child feeding industry, which was promoting formula feeding over breastfeeding and causing a dramatic increase in infant morbidity and mortality. The result was the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code), a landmark policy framework designed to stop commercial interests from damaging breastfeeding rates and endangering the health and nutrition of the world’s youngest inhabitants. In the last four decades, there has been a 50 per cent increase in the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding. As a result, an estimated 900 million infants globally have enjoyed the survival, growth and develop...
Who Is Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga ?

Who Is Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga ?

AFRICA, African Union, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Parliament, UN Women
KAMPALA, Uganda Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who hasbeen speaker of the Parliament Of Uganda since 19 May 2011. She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda. She succeeded Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament for Kamuli District Women's Constituency, in Busoga Sub- region a position she has held since 1989. She was born in Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda, on 24 May 1956. Rebecca Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her high school education. She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampal...
Deputy Speaker Of Paliament of Uganda Rt. Hon Jacob Olulanyah hands over Office

Deputy Speaker Of Paliament of Uganda Rt. Hon Jacob Olulanyah hands over Office

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, POLITICS, UGANDA, UK, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA, WORLD, Youth, Zambia
"Just handed over all the things that I got by virtue of the Office of the Deputy Speaker.Today is my last day as a Member of Parliament according to article 77(3) of the constitution and per article 82 (7) (d), I cease being Deputy Speaker Of Parliament.It has been a great experience, one of many lessons and growth.An absolute honor to have served. Oulanyah wants to bounce back as the next Speaker of the 11th Parliament.He will also be sworn in today as a Member Of Parliament representing Omoro County. Former Deputy Speaker Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah hands over Office. Former Deputy Speaker Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah prepares to hand over Office Keys. Former Deputy Speaker Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah leaves Office.
Covid-19 Status in Uganda as of 18th May 2021

Covid-19 Status in Uganda as of 18th May 2021

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, International Medical Group, Ministry Of Health, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, UN, UN Women, UNHCR, UPDF, World Health Organization
Uganda is reporting 60 new infections on average each day, 8% of the peak having had the highest daily average reported on December 11, 2021. There have been 42,779 infections and 347 Covid-19 related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began. Vaccination Uganda has administered at least 430,301 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Suppose every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 0.5% of the country’s population. During the last week reported, Uganda averaged about 6,501 doses administered each day. At that rate, it will take a further 1,362 days to administer enough doses for another 10% of the population. As COVID-19 infections began to be reported around the world, many countries responded by shutting down places like schools, work...
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