Archive for January 20th, 2016

20/01/2016

Mona Eltahawy and Sexual Revolution in the Middle East

Human Wrongs Watch

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Mona Eltahawy, the author of ‘Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution’. | Source: openDemocracy

She is fast. She is furious. She is a runaway train. But she is not off her rails.

That is what I tweeted after hearing Mona talk about her new book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution at an event organised by the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University.

Whether she was talking about her decision to veil and then, not to veil, her condemnation of sexual assaults on women in Egypt, or Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim racism in the wake of the San Bernadino killings she was articulate and angry with a breathtaking skill for crafting a clever soundbite.

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20/01/2016

Global Unemployment Projected to Rise over Next Two Years

Human Wrongs Watch

Despite falling unemployment in some developed economies, the global jobs crisis is likely to continue for at least the next two years, especially in emerging economies, topping 200 million by 2017, the United Nations labour agency on 19 January 2016 warned, calling for urgent steps to boost jobs.

Workers in a Ready-made Garments factory in Bangladesh. Photo: ILO Bangladesh

“The significant slowdown in emerging economies coupled with a sharp decline in commodity prices is having a dramatic effect on the world of work,” UN International Labour Organization (ILO) Director-General Guy Ryder said of the latest report.

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20/01/2016

Harsh Winter Poses Additional Hazards to Child Refugees and Migrants Arriving in Europe – UN

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With children now accounting for more than one in three of the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants flooding into Europe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 19 January 2016 voiced concern at the impact recent sub-zero temperatures and snowy conditions were having on them.

A young girl stands outside a tent at the Vinojug reception centre for refugees and migrants in Gevgelija, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photo: UNICEF/Ashley Gilbertson VII

The children arriving into a harsh winter in south-eastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva.

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