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"Women perform 66% of the world's work while earning only
10% of the world's income and owning less than 1% of its property."
- Bill Clinton
Updated: February 7, 2018
- Hillary Clinton: Climate Change to Force Women into Domestic Roles ‘Looking for Food, Fire Wood,' Home - Women “will bear the brunt” of climate change catastrophe, Hillary Clinton warned in a “Women and Human Rights” speech at Georgetown University Monday. “With respect to the rest of the world, I would say particularly for women, you’re absolutely right, they will bear the brunt of looking to the food, looking for the fire wood, looking for the place to migrate to when all of the grass is finally gone as the desertification moves south and you have to keep moving your livestock or your crops are no longer growing, they are burning up in the intense heat that we are now seeing reported across North Africa into the Middle East and into India.
- Cuts to CDC epidemic programs will endanger Americans, former chief says - The former chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the decision to cut 80% of its epidemic prevention activities overseas could pose a grave danger to the United States because it "would significantly increase the chance an epidemic will spread without our knowledge and endanger lives in our country and around the world."
- Trump nominee for U.N. migration post called Muslims violent, Christians top priority - In tweets, social media posts and radio appearances reviewed by The Washington Post, Ken Isaacs, a vice president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, made disparaging remarks about Muslims and denied climate change — a driving force behind migration, according to the agency the State Department has nominated him to lead. Isaacs was announced Thursday as the Trump administration’s pick to become director general of the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration, or IOM. The 169-member organization has a nearly $1 billion annual operating budget and for decades has deferred to the United States, one of its top benefactors, to lead the organization. Trump’s pick could be at risk of being the first U.S. nominee since the late 1960s to lose an election by the group’s voting members, according to several people involved in international relief coordination.
- Apple Announces Partnership With Malala Fund to Support Girls' Education - Apple will help Malala Fund scale its organization by assisting with technology, curriculum and research into policy changes needed to help girls everywhere attend school and complete their education. Apple CEO Tim Cook will also join the Malala Fund leadership council, according to the press release. Since 2013, Malala Fund has worked with organizations, the private sector and governments around the world to enhance girls' opportunities for education. The fund's Gulmakai Network currently supports programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Turkey and Nigeria.
- Inequality gap widens as ‘world’s richest 1% get 82% of the wealth,’ Oxfam says - Just 42 people own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 50 percent worldwide, a new study by global charity Oxfam claimed. In a report published Monday, Oxfam called for action to tackle the growing gap between the super-rich and the rest of the world. Approximately 82 percent of the money generated last year went to the richest 1 percent of the global population, the report said, while the poorest half saw no increase at all.
- New Zealand’s prime minister is pregnant. ‘I am not the first woman to multitask,’ she says. - Now, she wrote in a social media post, the couple will be “joining the many parents out there who wear two hats. I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.” He is the host of a television show about fishing. Ardern, who is New Zealand’s third female prime minister, will become one of the few elected leaders in world history to hold office while pregnant, according to Reuters.
- Malala: Girls Can Change the World - but We Have to Invest in Them First - At the United Nations two years ago, leaders committed to ensuring every girl receives 12 years of education by 2030. Since then, donor countries have either flatlined or decreased their aid to education. None of the nine biggest countries in Africa, Latin America and developing Asia have increased their education budgets. Several are even making drastic cuts, putting more girls out of school. Some days are hard — but I refuse to believe the world will always be as it is today. If we choose to focus on the obstacles, we may be tempted to believe it is impossible to give every girl the education she deserves. But if we want a brighter future — for them and for ourselves — we must invest in girls today.
- For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War - Generations cannot imagine life without violence. Arms sales by US-based companies rose by 4% to $217.2 billion in 2016. Firms from the United States amount to 58% of the total arms sale of the top 100 arms dealers on the planet. Other firms of note include BAE systems of the United Kingdom ($23 billion in sales) and Northrup Grumman ($21.4 billion in sales). Western arms dealers are by far the greatest purveyors of violence in the world.
- UN chief says conflicts today average more than 20 years - Conflicts today are longer — more than 20 years on average — and often involve multiple armed groups competing for control of government institutions, natural resources and territory, the U.N. chief said. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a Security Council meeting, "External military and financial support to conflict parties prolongs civil wars — and fuels wider tensions as local fights become proxies for larger rivalries. Conflicts are more linked with each other, and with the worldwide threat of terrorism," he said. "And transnational drug smugglers and human traffickers perpetuate the chaos and prey on refugees and migrants."
- Health Care Costs Push a Staggering Number of People Into Extreme Poverty - There's new — and shocking — evidence about the toll that health care costs are taking on the world's most vulnerable. A joint report pulished in the journal Lancet Global Health this week by the World Bank and the World Health Organization estimates that each year more than 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty in order to pay for health services — meaning that after covering their health bills, their income amounts to less than $1.90 a day. Another 800 million people are spending at least 10 percent of their household budget on health care. And 3.5 billion people — accounting for more than half of the world's population — are simply forced to go without most essential services. The kind of care they are missing out on is life-saving but also often extremely basic, says Tim Evans, senior director of health, nutrition and population at the World Bank Group.
- There's proof: electing women radically improves life for mothers and families - When Iceland elected a female president in 1980, it set off a domino effect that turned it into one of the most egalitarian countries. In this small nation, there is a near-unquestioned conviction based on decades of evidence that electing women to positions of power benefits women and families. And at a time when American women, galvanized by the election of Donald Trump, are showing unprecedented interest in entering the political arena themselves, Iceland can provide both a roadmap and a promise for what’s possible.
- Contraceptive use gaining momentum in world's poorest countries - Nearly 40 million more women and girls use modern contraceptives now compared to five years ago across 69 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, according to a report by advocacy group Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). Family planning is a key tool for reducing poverty since it frees up women to work and leads to smaller families, allowing parents to devote more resources to each child's health and education, experts say. Condoms, birth control pills and other contraceptive methods have prevented 84 million unintended pregnancies, 26 million unsafe abortions and 125,000 maternal deaths in the past year alone, FP2020 said.
- The jihadist plan to use women to launch the next incarnation of ISIS - In recent months, female immigrants to the Islamic State have been fleeing the caliphate by the hundreds, eventually returning to their native countries or finding sanctuary in detention centers or refugee camps along the way. Some are mothers with young children who say they were pressured into traveling to Iraq or Syria to be with their husbands. But a disturbing number appear to have embraced the group’s ideology and remain committed to its goals, according to interviews with former residents of the caliphate as well as intelligence officials and analysts who are closely tracking the returnees.
- War is Driving Girls Out of School - Girls suffer disproportionately even when attacks on education do not target them specifically. Military use of schools, crossfire, the presence of soldiers in and near schools, and attacks on school buildings – patterns which have occurred since 2009 in more than 30 countries – affect both boys and girls. But parents often have less tolerance for sending girls to school under these conditions.
- Could water — and women — be key to ending extreme poverty? - It turns out that one of the most important factors to focus on may come from a surprising place — not health care, nutrition, education or economic growth, but time. The time spent on arduous domestic duties in developing regions can sink hundreds of hours per month for women and girls, which could otherwise be spent productively. In fact: In Africa alone, women spend a cumulative 200 million hours on average every day collecting water.
- How Climate Change Drives Child Marriage - Climate change makes already vulnerable girls even more so. As world leaders gather at the COP23 climate summit in Bonn this week, Lakshmi Sundaram of Girls Not Brides says child marriage must be on the agenda. As extreme weather and natural disasters destroy livelihoods, desperation, insecurity and hunger are driving families to marry off their daughters, often with devastating consequences. “Natural disasters exacerbate poverty, insecurity and lack of access to education; all factors that can increase the rates of child marriage.”
- Worlds Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality - Inequality is often understood in terms of income or wealth—the dividing line between the rich and poor. But, in reality, economic disparities are only one part of the inequality story. Many other social, racial, political and institutional dimensions feed on each other, and together block hope for progress among people on the margins. Two critical dimensions are gender inequality, and inequalities in realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights; the latter, in particular, still receives inadequate attention. Neither explains the totality of inequality in the world today, but both are essential pieces that demand much more action. Without such action, many women and girls will remain caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, diminished capabilities, unfulfilled human rights and unrealized potential—especially in developing countries, where gaps are widest.
- Weinstein scandal sparks an uproar in France - A social media campaign erupted here almost simultaneously with the appearance of #MeToo in the United States — except French women took it further with #balancetonporc, which loosely translated means “squeal on your pig.” As in the United States, after women began naming and shaming their attackers, some of the most prominent men in French public life stood accused of sexual assault.
- Saudi Arabia will allow women to attend sporting events in stadiums - About a month after Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive, the kingdom has announced another historic move: Starting next year, women will be allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums for the first time.
- Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That. - Japan has one of the worst records in the world for female political representation. With women holding just over 9 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament, the nation ranks 165th out of 193 countries in the proportion of women in its national legislature, according to international data. Among the world’s richest countries, it is dead last.
- World Hunger Is Increasing, Thanks to Wars and Climate Change - Despite efforts to end food shortages, a recent U.N. report shows that, after years of decline, hunger is on the rise again. Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.
- 10 toughest places for girls to go to school - Figures from the United Nations suggest there has been "almost zero progress" in the past decade in tackling the lack of school places in some of the world's poorest countries. A further report examined the quality of education, and the UN said the findings were "staggering", with more than 600 million children in school but learning next to nothing. And on the UN's International Day of the Girl, the development campaign, One, has created a ranking for the toughest places for girls to get an education. These are fragile countries, where many families are at risk from poverty, ill health, poor nutrition and displacement from war and conflict. Many young girls are expected to work rather than go to school. And many marry young, ending any chance of an education. UN figures indicate girls are more than twice as likely to lose out on education in conflict zones.
- International Day Of The Girl Child 2017 - Every year, the world celebrates International Day of the Girl Child on October 11 — a day to celebrate the world’s 1.1 billion girls as a source of power, energy and creativity. Each and every girl teems with potential to create a sustainable environment that is better for everyone. When girls are able to go to school and get an education, they are empowered with knowledge and skills that lift them out of poverty. When young girls aren’t forced to marry, they are able to achieve their full potential and create a ripple effect that improves incomes, maternal health, and child mortality and malnutrition.
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons awarded Nobel Peace Prize - The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize, a recognition of its efforts to avoid nuclear conflict at a time when it seems more likely than at any other period in recent memory. The committee recognized the group for “its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons,” chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said as she announced the prize in Oslo.
- Female-Only Cambridge College to Allow Transgender Women - Transgender women will be allowed to enroll in one of the three female-only colleges at Cambridge University, the school has said.
- America one of 13 countries on Human Rights Council to oppose historic vote - The US is one of just 13 countries to have voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex. Although the vote passed, America joined countries such as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in opposing the move.
- The Urbanization of Malnutrition - Rapid urbanization is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across the world now lives in cities and towns. Not only will urban land area triple globally between 2000 to 2030, the projected expansion will take place on some of the world’s most productive croplands. Close to 90 percent of urban population and area growth is forecast in Asia and Africa, with the most dramatic changes foreseen in Asia, according to this report from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
- Conflict Costs but Peace Pays - Today, on September 21, UN International Day of Peace, NGO International Alert is calling for a debate about how we can put policies and budgets in place that support better peace building strategies. Peace, in practice, translates into very concrete gains: Suffering bloodshed and the heartache of war are eliminated, children can walk safely to school, and everyone can sleep comfortably at night. So you would think that everyone – beyond the groups of fighters and the arms trade manufacturers – would want a halt to the rising number and scale of wars that have led to the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, and to stop the cruelty of random terrorist attacks, from Barcelona to Marawi. Global institutions, from the United Nations to many governments’ aid and foreign affairs departments, verbalize strong rhetoric about building peace. But now they need to engage both financial and policy implications, moving from rhetoric on a page to reality on the streets.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health - Bill and Melinda Gates handed the world a report card last week, assessing its progress on 18 global health indicators: infant mortality, AIDS, vaccine use, smoking rates and so on. Called “Goalkeepers,” the report was a huge statistical effort, three years in the making, aimed squarely at the world leaders gathering at the United Nations General Assembly this month. Progress has been great, but donor fatigue could be lethal to millions who could easily be saved. Only the United States is rich enough and generous enough to lead, and private charities, including theirs, cannot possibly cover the deep cuts in global aid that President Trump has proposed. In 1990, 35 percent of the world lived below the international poverty line (currently $1.90 a day); now, only 9 percent do. Most of the great leap upward was in just two economic powerhouses: China and India.
- World Hunger on the Rise Again - Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed. Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September warned the first-ever UN report measuring progress on meeting new international goals pegged to eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030. “After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual report on world food security and nutrition.” At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide, it adds.
- Dozens of countries offered help after Hurricane Katrina. After Harvey, not so much. - At a White House briefing, spokesman Thomas Bossert said that Mexican and Canadian leaders have called the president, but they didn't discuss how those countries might help. Bossert also noted that the White House would turn over to FEMA and the State Department any “actual concrete” offers. FEMA did not return a request for comment. State directed questions to FEMA.
- Once Shot for Advocating for Girls' Education, Malala Is Going to Oxford - Malala Yousafzai was only 15 when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for campaigning for the education of girls. Now, she has been accepted to Oxford, one of the world's elite universities.
- US withdraws funding for United Nations Population Fund - The US says it is withdrawing funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that promotes family planning in more than 150 countries. In total $32.5m (£26m) in funds will be withdrawn for the 2017 financial year. This is the first of the promised cuts to US financial contributions to the UN by the Trump administration.
- Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms – UN - Child marriage has soared in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, the U.N. children's agency said. Around 80 percent of families in Yemen are in debt or are borrowing money to feed their children, the agency said.
- The U.N.’s new leader is taking on an impossible job - In a wide-ranging interview with The Post, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described the United Nations’ dilemmas at one of the most challenging moments in its history, in which it faces a huge gap between humanitarian needs and U.N. funds and a Trump administration that may slash aid.
- CAP: What’s at Stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag Rule - Since the Global Gag Rule was first introduced in 1984 at the U.N. International Conference on Population held in Mexico City, the policy has been a barrier to comprehensive women’s health care on a global scale.
- The Legacy of Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative - The Let Girls Learn campaign supports educating girls—one of Mrs. Obama's top priorities—and is one of the signature programs launched by the Obamas. Sixty-two million girls around the world are not in school, even though education leads to girls marrying later, earning higher salaries, and having healthier families.
- U.N. Women Director: Tackling the Gender Pay-Gap Requires Urgent Solutions - Women, on average across the world, are paid 24 percent less than men. The women in those jobs are not 24 percent less able, less experienced or less qualified. They are just 100 percent less male. Pay inequality based on gender persists everywhere, across countries, regions and occupations, and it matters. It matters because it is an evident injustice and because it condemns millions of women and their families to lives of entrenched poverty. It is a global, systemic problem that needs concerted attention and action to change the way that we value and support women’s work.
- In drought-hit Zimbabwe, women's "second shift" burden grows - Longer hours of unpaid work to gather scarce water, firewood and food are putting women – and their paid jobs – at risk. It is the double shift so many women around the world face - their paid work as shift one, and the second shift of hours of unpaid, domestic work they are often expected to do in addition. For many other women, that unpaid work has been steadily increasing over the past few years for what may seem like a surprising reason: climate change.
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