Archive for June 28th, 2018

28/06/2018

‘If others can do it, I can too’

Forty seven year-old Fayza Lafi, a Palestine refugee from Rafah and a livestock trader, attended a business training through the ‘Empowerment Programme for Female-Heads of Households’ project, implemented by the UNRWA Gender Initiative © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

Forty seven year-old Fayza Lafi, a Palestine refugee from Rafah and a livestock trader, attended a business training through the ‘Empowerment Programme for Female-Heads of Households’ project, implemented by the UNRWA Gender Initiative © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

27 June 2018 (UNRWA)* — Against the backdrop of the dire socioeconomic situation in Gaza Strip and one of the highest unemployment rates in the world, finding a job in Gaza can be very daunting.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the overall unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2018 increased to 49.1 per cent from an average rate of 43.6 in 2017; women and youth face even higher unemployment rates.

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28/06/2018

ILO Urges Action to Prevent ‘Looming Global Care Crisis’, Says Women Perform More than Three-Quarters of the Time Spent in Unpaid Care Work

Human Wrongs Watch

New ILO report highlights inadequate policy responses to the rising demand and quantifies the extent of the care burden on women.

Trinity Care Foundation | Photo from ILO.

GENEVA, 28 June 2018  (ILO)* – Investment in the care economy needs to be doubled to avert a looming global care crisis, says a new ILO report.

Sweeping changes in policies should address the rising need for care and tackle the huge disparity between women’s and men’s care responsibilities.

The figures show that women are performing more than three-quarters of the time spent in unpaid care work.

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28/06/2018

“In Romania, you can’t do certain things in public. In Cuba, we sing on the streets, we dance on the streets, we are different.”

 Human Wrongs Watch

Eymi’ story is part of the UN International Organisation for Migration(IOM) series: “i am a migrant“.*  Eymi’s country of origin is Cuba and she currently lives in Romania –9,492 kms from home.

Eymi 

Just a couple of months after her wedding, Eymi decided to leave her home country of Cuba for Romania.

“I got married to a Romanian journalist who came to Cuba when I was 18,” she said.

“We separated after seven years because things didn’t work out between us. But I chose to stay in Brasov. At 18 you are just starting your social life, and that is when I had left Cuba.”

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28/06/2018

Healing from Trauma in Conflict-Affected Gaza

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There are 1.9 million people living in Gaza and 72 per cent of them are refugees. Samia Asaf and her family have lived as refugees across three generations now. After a devastating injury, Asaf found her bearings through a UN Women-supported programme. Today she is an inspiration to many others.

Jabalia refugee camp, the largest of the eight refugee camps in Gaza, hosts almost 120,000 refugees in 1.4 square kilometres. Photo: UN Women/Eunjin Jeong

Jabalia refugee camp, the largest of the eight refugee camps in Gaza, hosts almost 120,000 refugees in 1.4 square kilometres. Photo: UN Women/Eunjin Jeong

June 2018 (UN Women)* — If you meet Samia Asaf* today, you wouldn’t know the ordeal she has suffered, unless she told you. She is an active member of a psychosocial support group at the Hayat Centre in Gaza, Palestine, and supports women who come to the centre to overcome the trauma of violence.

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28/06/2018

UN Migration and Refugee Agencies Appeal for Region-Wide Action by European Union over Mediterranean Tragedies

Waves crash against the bow of a teal fishing boat

A fishing boat heads to sea on the southern Mediterranean. Thousands of refugees and migrants have died while trying to reach Europe on rubber dinghies or small wooden boats like this one.  © UNHCR/Scott Nelson

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28/06/2018

Migration Set to Overshadow Eurozone Reform Debate at EU Summit

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (R) arrive to a joint press conference following a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 12 June 2018. [EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER] | Photo from EurActiv.

The European Council’s agenda may be loaded, but the issue of migration is set to take centre stage as it has risen to the top of the political agenda in recent weeks.

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28/06/2018

Under What Circumstances Is Inequality OK?

26th June 2018 (openDemocracy)* — As two years since Brits voted for Brexit is checked off the calendar, the thick tar of inequality still hampers efforts to create a wellbeing economy. So it is good that economic inequality has been in the headlines for many years now. We’ve seen presidents decry it. NGOs campaign against it. Academics calculate the scale of it. Business leaders profess their concerns about it. And people have protest and vote in exasperation at it.

Image: Max Pixel, CC0. (from openDemocracy)

There seems to be a settled – almost – acceptance that levels of income and wealth inequality are unacceptably high. And that such levels do serious harm– to people across the income spectrum, to the functioning of society, to democracy, to innovation and institutions, to economic activity, and to the environment.
28/06/2018

Increased Access to Satellite Data and Cutting-Edge Geospatial Technologies to Track Land Use Change, Carbon Flows and Climate Mitigation

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Norway and FAO will scale up innovative forest monitoring tool

Source: SEPAL via FAO

Ecuador as never seen before, by SEPAL. | Image from FAO. 

27 June 2018, Oslo and Rome (FAO)* — Access to satellite data and cutting-edge geospatial technologies will be broadened thanks to deeper collaboration between FAO and Norway, whose International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) agreed to scale up an innovative FAO digital platform that helps countries measure, monitor and report on their forests and land use.

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28/06/2018

Notwithstanding “the Continued Adherence by Iran” to Its Nuclear-Related Commitments, the Agreement Is “at a Crossroads” – UN Top Political Official

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Notwithstanding “the continued adherence by Iran” to its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement is “at a crossroads” the United Nations top political official on 27 June 2018 said.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, addresses the Security Council meeting on non-proliferation.

“On 8 May 2018, the United States announced its withdrawal from the agreement. The Secretary-General … believes that issues not directly related to the Plan should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments,” Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council.

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28/06/2018

WHO Study Reveals ‘Game-Changer’ Drug with Potential to Save Thousands of Women’s Lives in Childbirth

Human Wrongs Watch

A stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth has some new competition – with improved benefits, according a United Nations health agency-led report.

UNICEF/Ilvy Njiokiktjien | Mother Celia Virginia Flores Mamani, 37, holds her seven-day-old baby daughter Priscilla Solamita Meza Flores, who was born at the health centre in Yaurisque District, Paruro Province, Peru, Saturday 10 February 2018.
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Excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills around 70,000 mothers a year and currently, Oxytocin is the first-choice medication, but it must be kept cold, unlike the new drug, Carbetocin.

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