Archive for September 5th, 2011


‘Nobel’ Obama Will Celebrate World Peace Day Testing a New Missile for Nuclear Warheads

Human Wrongs WatchTRANSCEND

By David Krieger*

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly created an annual International Day of Peace to take place on the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly. The purpose of the day is for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” 

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Twenty years later, in 2001, the General Assembly, desiring to draw attention to the objectives of the International Day of Peace, gave the day a fixed date on which it would be held each year: September 21st.

The General Assembly declared in its Resolution 55/282 that “the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.”

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Dispatch from Hell

 Human Wrongs WatchGender Masala

Considered one of the biggest slums in the world, Kibera is Nairobi’s–and East Africa’s–largest urban settlement. Over one million people struggle daily to meet basic needs such as access to water, nutrition and sanitation. In this community lacking education and opportunities, women and girls are most affected by poverty.

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Rape, Prostitution, AIDS…

Violence against women, rape, prostitution, HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation, poverty, sexual abuse, unequal access to education and lack of reproductive health care are some of the issues women face daily in Kibera.

One-fifth of the population of Kibera lives with HIV and at least 50,000 children are orphaned by AIDS. According to the organisation Carolina for Kibera, young women in slums aged 15-24 are contracting HIV at a rate five times that of their male counterparts.

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