Archive for August 2nd, 2015

02/08/2015

Solarizing Greece Is a Way Out of the Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo* 

1 August 2015 – Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bail-out agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer.

Oil is Fueling Greek Debt Banner in Rhodes. 26 Jul, 2015 © Konstantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

Credit: Konstantinos Sathias/Greenpeace

But there is a way to start changing things for the better. With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession – six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills – it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

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02/08/2015

How Can Women Combine Work with Breastfeeding, Raising Their Children

Human Wrongs Watch

Breastfeeding is one of the most cost-effective ways to boost children’s health. World Breastfeeding Week 2015 (1-7 July) aims to empower women to combine work with breastfeeding and raising their children.*

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© UNICEF/NYHQ2014–3655/Nesbitt | (Left) Elsebeth Aklilu weighs a child at a local health post. A government-paid health worker, Ms. Aklilu serves her own community — a village called Maderia, in Oromia Region, Ethiopia — by educating women on ways to keep themselves and their children healthy.

02/08/2015

Over 510 Human Trafficking Flows Crisscrossing the World – No Country Is Immune

Human Wrongs Watch

31 July 2015 (UNODC)* – Each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal.

Photo: UNODC

UNODC

Yet despite the wide-spread recognition that this is one of today’s most exploitative crimes, action is lacking: more needs to be done to dismantle the organized criminal networks behind this, while at the same time it is critical that assistance to victims be stepped up.

Against this background, and with the second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons being marked 30 July 2015, UNODC is calling for definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically boost the much-needed support being provided to victims.

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