Archive for March 8th, 2017

08/03/2017

Women’s Progress Uneven, Facing Backlash – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/GENEVA, Mar. 8 2017 (IPS)  “The women’s movement has brought about tremendous change but we must also recognise that progress has been slow and extremely uneven and that it also brought its own challenges,” warned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

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Women and girls in the garment industry are often subject to forced overtime and low wages, and on domestic workers because of the unprotected nature of their work. Photo: ILO/A. Khemka

Marking the International Women’s Day on March 8, Zeid said that in too many countries, we are now seeing a backlash against women’s rights, a backlash that hurts us all. “We need to be alert – the advances of the last few decades are fragile and should nowhere be taken for granted.“

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08/03/2017

Women and Girls, One Third of World’s Drug Users

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/VIENNA, Mar 7 2017 (IPS)* – Women and girls comprise one-third of global drug users yet are only one-fifth of those receiving treatment, a UN-Backed independent expert body warned.

Despite eradication and education efforts, drug use, especially heroin, remains rampant in parts of Myanmar. Photo: IRIN. Source: United Nations

Despite eradication and education efforts, drug use, especially heroin, remains rampant in parts of Myanmar. Photo: IRIN. Source: United Nations

 

Citing a significant rise over the past year in the number of women dying from drug overdoses globally, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned that women and girls comprise one-third of global drug users.

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08/03/2017

The Quiet Resistance of Domestic Workers in Lebanon

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Cameron Thibos (oD): So you do a lot of work with domestic workers in Lebanon. Who are they and where are they coming from?

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08/03/2017

Gender Disparity at UN: Three Out of 71, Zero Out of Nine

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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 8 2017 (IPS) – The United Nations has frequently been accused of vociferously preaching gender empowerment and women’s rights to the outside world — but failing miserably to practice what it preaches in its own political backyard.

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The charge is usually made against the 193-member General Assembly, which has elected only three women as presidents – Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit of India (1953), Angie Brooks of Liberia (1969) and Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa of Bahrain (2006).

And that’s three out of 71 Presidents, 68 of whom were men.

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08/03/2017

Let Women Speak and Give Them a Hearing

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Mar 7 2017 (IPS) – Basic rights always need champions, and that’s truer today than it ought to be as around the world we see an unwelcome pattern of reaction to modern complexities ranging from globalization and automation to austerity and dwindling wages.

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Farhana Haque Rahman

One alarming example is how the agenda of promoting women’s rights, so far from completion, is being pushed back rather than forward.

IPS has long strived for gender equality and reported from every corner of the world on women’s conditions and their desire for equality on multiple fronts.

Expected progress risks reversal, at times due to implicit bias in access to emerging technologies and at times due to outright political reaction.

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