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10% of the world's income and owning less than 1% of its property."
- Bill Clinton
Updated: November 9, 2017
- 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.
- What Will Trump Presidency Mean for Women's Health Abroad? - FP2020 is an international organization devoted to helping women control when and how they have children. The group just released a report November 1 celebrating a new milestone: 300 million women in the 69 poorest countries are now using contraception. The Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health issues, says the U.S. spent $607 million last year on family planning assistance in other countries.
- Drought-hit women struggle as "compassion" runs dry at climate talks - Too little support through worst drought in decades means women and girls are selling sex for food to survive, CARE says.
- Natural disasters push 26m into poverty each year, says World Bank - 26 million people, the number that fall into poverty around the world each year due to natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and storms, according to a report by the World Bank. Taking this into account, the report estimates that disasters cost the global economy $520 billion annually.
- Mothers' nutrition pivotal for healthy child growth – study - Improving mothers' nutrition before and during pregnancy is pivotal to reducing child stunting in developing countries, researchers said, as a new study showed poor child growth often starts in the womb.
- For Melinda Gates, Birth Control Is Women’s Way Out of Poverty - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she leads with her husband, has donated more than $1 billion for family planning efforts and will spend about $180 million more this year. Since 2012, she has helped lead an international campaign to get birth control to 120 million more women by 2020.
- Sexual harassment of female MPs widespread, report says - Sexual harassment and even violence against female parliamentarians is widespread, a report from a global parliamentary grouping suggests. Of the women who took part in the survey, 65.5% said they had been the target of insults using sexual language and imagery. The report suggested humiliating remarks from male colleagues were commonplace.
- Driven to Dhaka by disasters, Bangladeshi girls harassed into marriage - 18 percent Proportion of girls in Bangladesh who are married by the time they are 15 years old. Some researchers worry that early marriage will become more common as floods and other natural disasters push rural families into cities.
- U.N. Picks Powerful Feminist (Wonder Woman) for Visible Job (Mascot) - The United Nations announced that it would appoint Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador for “the empowerment of women and girls.” Wonder Woman’s avatar will be used on social media platforms to promote important messages about women’s empowerment, including on gender-based violence and the fuller participation of women in public life.
- Labour disparity between girls and boys perpetuates gender stereotypes, UNICEF report shows - “The overburden of unpaid household work begins in early childhood and intensifies as girls reach adolescence,” said Anju Malhotra, Principal Gender Advisor at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a press release. “As a result, girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood,” she stated.
- The U.N.’s new top diplomat is a disappointment for diversity - “There were seven outstanding women who put their whole heart into their candidacy and all of them have been abandoned.” On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously selected António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal and recent U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. Per protocol, Guterres will now succeed current Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon when he leaves the position in 2017.
- Disparities persist for female faculty around the world - The London School of Economics and Political Science revisits a 2013 global study on female representation in faculty, and draws out a new case study on Polish art students which are more than 75% women, but just over 35% in female faculty teaching in the discipline. The report highlights professional priorities among women are higher in relation to decent pay, professional development opportunities and time for family. But by the end of their academic careers, women are less optimistic about teaching than their male counterparts.
- These 10 Universities Are Tackling Gender Inequality With UN Women - On Tuesday, UN Women movement HeForShe released its first IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity report, which looks at the commitments made by ten global universities since they took the UN’s gender parity pledge last summer.
- UN Appoints LGBT Human Rights Watchdog - By a vote of 23 to 18 (with 6 abstentions), the United Nations Human Rights Commission voted to appoint the first-ever "independent expert" to track LGBT human rights worldwide. They will be responsible for monitoring "violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity."
- Millions of Women Take A Long Walk With A 40-Pound Water Can - There are an estimated 13.54 million women (and 3.36 million children) who are responsible for water collection trips that take 30 minutes or longer. That so many people — particularly children — shoulder this burden is what distresses Jay Graham. He and his colleagues from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University have published a new study in PLOS ONE looking at data from 24 sub-Saharan African countries. They found that in all of the countries, in households where a family member had to spend more than 30 minutes to collect water, the primary collectors were women, ranging from 46 percent in Liberia to 90 percent in Cote d'Ivoire. When the chore is a kid's job, there's still a major gender gap: 62 percent for girls versus 38 percent for boys.
- Over 17 million women and girls collect water in Africa, at risk of rape and disease - At least 17 million women and girls in Africa collect water every day, which increases their risk of sexual abuse, disease and dropping out of school, a study published on Wednesday has found. It is one of the first studies to calculate how many women and children were responsible for water collection in Africa, the researchers said.
- WHO's Stern Warning: The World 'Is Not Prepared To Cope' With Pandemics - The head of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, says that the world is facing unprecedented global health challenges right now and is ill-equipped to deal with future threats.
- Women and Girls Must Be at Center of Any Refugee Response - For the first time since World War II, the number of refugees and displaced persons has surpassed 50 million, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The High Commissioner also emphasizes that women and children are those in the majority and the ones that face the greatest dangers.
- Most people want to accept refugees, survey finds - A new survey of 27 countries found that significant majorities of people would welcome refugees into the country and even consider taking them into their home. The study, commissioned by Amnesty International, says four in five people would "welcome refugees in their country, community or home." It's a statistic, the rights group argues, that shows how governments turning their backs on refugees are "badly out of touch with reality."
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