Archive for December 19th, 2016


Women, Half of the 244 Million Migrants and 19.6 Million Refugees Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Women*

Today, around the world, people are on the move. They are migrating to escape poverty, improve their livelihood and opportunities, or escaping conflict and devastation in their own countries. Women represent almost half of the 244 million migrants and half of the 19.6 million refugees worldwide [1].

Refugee women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina

Photo: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina

The remittances sent by women migrant workers improve the livelihood and health of their families and strengthen economies. In 2015, international migrants sent $432.6 billion in remittances to developing countries—nearly three times the amount of Official Development Assistance, which totaled at $131.6 billion [2].

Women are often the first responders in a crisis, and whether en route or in camps, in home countries or destination countries, they play a crucial role in caring for, sustaining and rebuilding their communities.

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Women Make Up to 60% of Agricultural Workers in Africa and Asia, However …

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Rome – Achieving gender equality and empowering women is not only the right thing to do but is a critical ingredient in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and malnutrition, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on 16 December 2016 said.

Photo: ©FAO/Farooq Naeem

Women in Pakistan build their knowledge and skills at an FAO-supported rural livelihoods school. | Photo: FAO

Speaking at a high-level event co-organized by FAO, the European Commission and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women, the FAO-Director General said that “Women are the backbone of our work in agriculture.”

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Millions of Displaced Yemenis Face ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ – UNHCR

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By UNHCR Staff and Partners*

The UN Refugee agency UNHCR warns millions of displaced Yemenis face “humanitarian catastrophe” as 21 months of war deepen hunger, poverty and suffering.

Displaced Yemeni Razaz Ali sits with four of his sons outside a tent at the Dharwan settlement, near Yemen’s capital Sana’a.  © UNHCR/Mohammed Hamoud

SANA’A, Yemen, 14 December 2016 – When intense fighting erupted in his hometown of Sa’ada close to the border with Saudi Arabia, 75-year-old Yemeni father Razaz Ali gathered up his wife and seven sons and ran for his life. Asked what he needs, he rattles off a long list.

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Global Wage Growth Falls to Its Lowest Level in Four Years

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GNEVA, 15 December 2016 (ILO)* – ‘Wage recovery in some developed economies – including the United States and Germany – was not sufficient to offset the decline in emerging and developing countries.’ – ILO Global Wage Report 2016/17



Wage growth around the world has decelerated since 2012, falling from 2.5 per cent to 1.7 per cent in 2015, its lowest level in four years.

If China, where wage growth was faster than elsewhere, is not included, growth in global wages dropped from 1.6 per cent to 0.9 per cent, according to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2016/17 .

In much of the period following the 2008/09 financial crisis, wage growth was propelled by relatively strong wage growth in developing countries and regions. More recently, however, this trend has slowed or reversed.


Remember Naboth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*


AN INCREDIBLE piece of legislation is now being debated in Jerusalem.


Uri Avnery

The country is busy with a settlement called Amona. There, deep in the occupied territories, a few dozen Jewish families have set up an illegal settlement – illegal even under Israeli law, not to mention international law.

Trouble is, they did not take the trouble to find out who owns the land on which they settled. As it turns out, it actually belongs to private Arab farmers. The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the settlers to evacuate the site.

Evacuate Jews? Unthinkable! The Amonites swore “passive” resistance. This means calling upon tens of thousands of settlers from all over the occupied Palestinian territories to rush to the scene.

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Trump Middle East Advisors’ Dream of War with Iran Just Inched Closer to Reality

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martin Jay*

18 Dec, 2016 (RT)* – Has the Iran deal already been breached by Tehran? Even if it has, scrapping this deal brokered by President Obama, is not only foolish but against all that Trump stands for despite his Middle East hawks craving to bomb Iran.

A view of the Milad Tower and some residential buildings in the West Town of Tehran.| Author: Mehrad Watson | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

President-elect Trump’s first foreign policy test could be his most polemic and one which Russia will watch carefully.

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