Archive for February 10th, 2019

10/02/2019

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know about Female Genital Mutilation

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 5 February 2019 (UNFPA)* Too often, the first message a girl receives about her body is that it is imperfect – too fat or too thin, too dark or too freckled. But for some girls, the message is that, to be accepted by the wider community, their bodies must be cut, altered and even reshaped through a practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM). 
Asha lays out the tools she uses to perform female genital mutilation in Somalia. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin
Asha lays out the tools she uses to perform female genital mutilation in Somalia. © UNFPA/Georgina Goodwin

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Often viewed as a rite of passage, FGM can result in serious health complications, including infections, chronic pain and infertility. It can even be deadly.

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10/02/2019

There’s Something Rotten with the Meat Industry

Days after the report, meat eaters around Europe would discover that rotten meat from sick cows had reached markets in 14 countries – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Germany, and Slovakia. And in some cases in school canteens. It could have ended up on your plate.

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10/02/2019

13.5 Million Children Now Uprooted in Africa – Including Those Displaced by Conflict, Poverty and Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

On eve of African Union Summit, UNICEF urges African States to lead in the protection and empowerment of uprooted children

Refugees and migrants in Niger
© UNICEF/UN0209663/Gilbertson VII Photo } A transit center for migrants who are being sent home from Algeria in Agadez, Niger, on May 10 2018. People who travel, often from West African states, are usually turned into beggars in Algeria, and after arrival at this center in the desert, they are met by local beggars who ask them for money.

NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 9 February 2019 (UNICEF)* — – At least 13.5 million uprooted children in Africa – including those living as refugees, migrants or internally displaced – need strengthened national actions, and regional and international cooperation between states to uphold their rights, keep them safe and help them fulfil their potential.

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10/02/2019

Mexodus – The New NORM in the U.S.: American Retirees Moving to Mexico

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bill Dahl*

10 February 2019 (Wall Street International)*Needless to say, the social and political rancor in North America has reached new heights (or lows). In the U.S. political sphere, the November 2018 mid-term elections resulted in the Democratic Party wresting control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. President’s approval ratings are hovering around 40%.
American Retirees Moving to Mexico
American Retirees Moving to Mexico | Photo from Wall Street International.

The issue of U.S. immigration reform remains paralyzed amidst political acrimony. Yet, the U.S. President remains adamant about his desire to obtain billions of dollars to build a border wall to keep prospective immigrants out of the U.S. Yet, there’s a new norm that has developed in the U.S.

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10/02/2019

‘African Nations Are Setting an Example for Richer Countries When it Comes to the Treatment of Refugees’

Human Wrongs Watch

African nations are setting an example for richer countries when it comes to the treatment of refugees, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a press conference on Saturday [9 February 2019], following a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

screen grab/media stakeout video | UN Secretary-General speaks to the media in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following a meeting with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. 9 February, 2019.

The UN chief is in the Ethiopian capital to attend the annual African Union summit, which brings together Heads of State from across the continent.

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10/02/2019

Female African Coders ‘on the Front-Line of the Battle’ to Change Gender Power Relations – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

9 February 2019 — Young female African coders are “on the front-line” of the battle to change traditionally male power relations and bring about a more equitable balance between men and women, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said during his visit to Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.
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UN Women/Faith Bwibo | Khayrath Mohamed Kombo, 15, is one of more than 80 participants in the first Coding Camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in August 2018.
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The UN chief was speaking after meeting girls from across the continent taking part in the African Girls Can Code Initiative, a joint initiative from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UN Women.
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