Archive for October 16th, 2017

16/10/2017

UN Rights Experts Urge France to Provide Safe Water, Sanitation for Migrants in ‘Calais Jungle’

Human Wrongs Watch

16 October 2017 – United Nations human rights experts are urging the Government of France to devise long-term measures to provide access to safe drinking water and sanitation for migrants in Calais and other areas along the northern French coast.

Several thousand asylum-seekers and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan are living in makeshift camps or in the streets in Calais, France. Photo: UNHCR/C. Vander Eecken

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16/10/2017

How to Keep Desperately Needed Humanitarian Aid Out of the Hands of the Corrupt

Human Wrongs Watch

16 October 2017 — Earthquakes and hurricanes devastating parts of Mexico and the Caribbean; flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan affecting more than 41 million people; refugee crises in Syria and Myanmar; protracted crises in Afghanistan, Chad and the Central African Republic; and more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen in the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two…

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Photo: Transparency International

Around the globe, tens of millions of people need humanitarian assistance from governments, humanitarian aid agencies, and the UN.

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16/10/2017

Women and Girls ‘Central’ to Sustainability of Rural Households, Communities

Human Wrongs Watch

Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment on 15 October said.

Small farms in Madagascar are hard hit by erratic weather and locust invasion. Photo: FAO/Yasuyoshi Chiba

In her statement for International Day of Rural Women – marked annually on 15 October – Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that women farmers are “just as productive and enterprising” as male counterparts, but often lack equal access to land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets and high-value agrifood chains.
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