Archive for December 22nd, 2018

22/12/2018

Refugee and Immigrant Girls from 19 Countries Unite Their Voices in One Choir

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marta Martinez in New York*

Pihcintu is more than a choir – it has been a second family for over 300 girls and young women who found safety in the United States.

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34 girls and young women from Pihcintu choir singing at UN headquarters in New York. © UNHCR/Andrew Kelly

“When we sing together, we sing as a family,” says Sara Ali, 16, from Sudan.

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22/12/2018

“Thank You Soma” – ILO Documentary Explores Relationship between Migrant Domestic Workers and Arab Youth

Human Wrongs Watch

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, the ILO premieres a new documentary that aims to challenge common perceptions about migrant domestic workers.

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BEIRUT, 18 December 2018 (ILO)* – Like millions of others, Soma, now 57, left her home, friends and young children to become a domestic worker and provide for her family.

Some 30 years later, she travelled to her home village in Sri Lanka with Nour Sidani, the 24-year-old Lebanese woman she helped raise.

22/12/2018

The Science of Healthy Eating – Seven Good Eating Habits from around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

How much do you know about healthy eating?. Let dietary guidelines steer your choices.

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Eating habits start young. By providing advice on nutrition, dietary guidelines empower families to take charge of their own diets and health. ©FAO/Mia Cusack

22 December 2018 (FAO)* – Diets vary greatly from place to place based on food availability, eating habits and culture. Yet, when it comes to food, there is a lot that we know about what is and what is not good for us and this is true no matter where we live.

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22/12/2018

Nicaragua: UN Rights Chief ‘Alarmed’ by Imminent Expulsion of Key Human Rights Groups

Human Wrongs Watch

After the Nicaraguan Government announced that it has asked two key human rights institutions to leave the country, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, said on 21 December 2018 that she was “extremely alarmed” by a decision that means, in effect, there will be “no functioning independent human rights bodies left in Nicaragua”.

Artículo 66 | Students protest in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. (file July 2018)
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According to High Commissioner Bachelet, the two non-profit human rights organisations were set up by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), “in full cooperation with the Government after the violence and unrest earlier this year”.
22/12/2018

Climate Change: Profiting from Urban Waste in Vietnam

Human Wrongs Watch

21 December 2018 – Women in Hoi An city in Viet Nam are profiting from rubbish and other waste while helping to create a more sustainable urban environment, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP Viet Nam | Women in Hoi An in Viet Nam have set up a waste management plan which not only recycles waste but also provides them with an income. (April 2017)
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Hoi An, a city of 120,000, has become a significant tourist destination with around 21 million visitors in 2016. Those tourists are producing around 75 tonnes of solid waste every single day – waste which a group of underprivileged women is turning into a profit.
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