Archive for March 5th, 2019

05/03/2019

Latin American Women Programme Their World against the Digital Divide

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BUENOS AIRES/RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 5 2019 (IPS)* – Designed mostly by men, many digital applications are not suitable for women, but some initiatives are beginning to include them as programmers and beneficiaries in Latin America, where the gender gap is also technological.

aEntrepreneurs and beneficiaries of Chicas en Tecnología, an Argentine organisation that encourages the participation of teenage girls in the creation of programmes and digital applications. Credit: Chicas en Tecnología

05/03/2019

Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

We Are On the Brink of a Disaster

What would Mahatma Gandhi say about the threat of war between India and Pakistan, which has brought the two nations and the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe?

Throughout the struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi was faced with the serious problem of avoiding conflict between religious groups once independence had been achieved.

He made every effort to bridge the rift between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

Gandhi believed that at their core, all religions are based on the concepts of truth, love, compassion, nonviolence and the Golden Rule. When asked whether he was a Hindu, Gandhi answered, “Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist and a Jew.”

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05/03/2019

Reporting from Palestine

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By Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service

In the news this week are interesting signs positive and negative. The largest empire in between the Roman empire and the US empire (ie. the British empire) shows signs of internal decay but positive actions abound.

The foolish vote to resurrect nationalism under the so called Brexit seems to be fraying. If a new referendum is called, I am sure Brexit will fail.

Further the Zionist interference in British politics with trying to split the labor party (because of Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to speak of human rights for Palestinians) seems to be failing.

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05/03/2019

‘Troika Laundromat Revelations Make the Case for Tougher Supervision of Europe’s Banking Sector’ – Transparency International

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By Transparency International*

The Troika Laundromat revelations published today [4 March 2019] by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and partner media outlets reveal the glaring shortcomings in anti-money laundering systems in Europe, and make the case for an EU-wide anti-money laundering supervisory authority, Transparency International said today [4 March 2019].

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05/03/2019

‘In 1994, a Revolution Started – It’s Time We Finish It’

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(UNFPA)* — A revolution started in 1994, but it is unfinished. Twenty-five years ago, 179 governments agreed that sexual and reproductive health and rights are the cornerstone of global development.

Maria did not know how to avoid pregnancy. © UNFPA Moldova/Dan Gutu

That decision, in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development, recognized that when people are empowered to make their own choices about reproduction – free of force, coercion and fear – the whole world prospers.

Despite this agreement, millions of women and girls have yet to see these promises fulfilled.

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05/03/2019

“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”

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By Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women*

At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls.

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(Photo: Marco Grob.) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is Executive Director of UN Women.. Bio

That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators.

With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” puts innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities.

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05/03/2019

“I never gave up and I am learning everyday”

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4 March 2019 (UN Women)*Globally, 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked, and 56 per cent of them are women, according to latest data from The World Bank. The trend continues in Africa, where up to 95 million unbanked adults receive cash payments for agricultural products, and 65 million save using semiformal methods.

Esperance Mutegwaraba. Photo: Novella Nikwigize/UN Women, 2019

Esperance Mutegwaraba. Photo: Novella Nikwigize/UN Women, 2019

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05/03/2019

It Is Time to Fix the Broken Nitrogen Cycle – UN Environment Frontiers Report

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Nairobi, 4 March 2019 (UN Environment)* From breathtaking advances in synthetic biology to pitfalls in climate adaptation, UN Environment’s latest Frontiers report, launched today, explores the biggest emerging environmental issues that will have profound effects on our society, economy and ecosystems, along with some exciting and novel solutions.

By scanning the technological and environmental horizons, the report identifies five major topics:

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05/03/2019

‘Every Hour, 800 People Die from Cancer, Respiratory Illnesses or Heart Disease Directly Caused by Breathing Polluted Air’

© UNICEF/Mungunkhishig Batbaatar | A boy waiting for his school bus in the Songinokhairkhan district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where air pollution levels are dangerously high.
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