Archive for August 2nd, 2017

02/08/2017

“The Revolution Will Not Be NGO-ised”: Four Lessons from African Feminist Organising

Human Wrongs Watch

Participants at the Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil, 2016.

Participants at the Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil, 2016. Photo: None on Record.

As African feminists, we face multiple systems of oppression including the effects of colonisation, neocolonisation, white supremacy, militarism, the globalisation of capitalism and neoliberalism. Yet our movements are more vibrant and radically political than ever before.

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02/08/2017

22.5% of German Population Have ‘Migrant Background’ – Census

Human Wrongs Watch

2 August 2017 (RT)* — The German populace with a migrant background has hit a new record of 18.6 million people, the Federal Statistical Office has revealed, partially attributing the rise to the years of Angela Merkel’s so-called open door migrant policy.
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Noting an 8.5 percent increase in the population with a first or second generation migrant background as compared to last year’s figures, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said it is the “highest [annual] increase since recording began in 2005.”

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02/08/2017

“Deadly Combination of Cholera, Hunger and Conflict Pushes Yemen to ‘Edge of a Cliff” 

Human Wrongs Watch

Describing the situation in Yemen as “very bleak,” with “no end in sight,” a senior United Nations official envoy on 1 August 2017 said the war-torn country, already reeling from malnutrition and dwindling health care, is plummeting into further distress amid a deadly cholera outbreak and looming famine.

A suspected cholera patient is rushed into Al Joumhouri Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen. Photo: Giles Clarke for UNOCHA

“Historically, Yemen has been one of the poorest Arab nations – if not the poorest– with [poverty] and corruption, poor governance and poor infrastructure. The war has simply made it much worse,” said Auke Lootsma, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director, briefing journalists in New York via teleconference from the capital, Sana’a.

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02/08/2017

“Breastfeeding, ‘Smartest Investment’ Families, Communities and Countries Can Make”

Human Wrongs Watch

Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations on 1 August 2017 stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.

Sumi Madhi, a volunteer on child feeding, nutrition and care interacts with mothers in Kudada, India. Photo: UNICEF/Vishwanathan

“Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

He added that breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases and giving them all the nourishment they need to survive and thrive.

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