Archive for March 10th, 2019

10/03/2019

Child Marriage – ‘If Efforts Are Not Accelerated, More than 150 Million Girls Will Marry before Their Eighteenth Birthday by 2030’

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNICEF*

Child marriage threatens the lives, well-being and futures of girls around the world

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The challenge

Child marriage refers to any formal marriage or informal union between a child under the age of 18 and an adult or another child.

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10/03/2019

How Parents in India Are Keeping Their Girls in School, and Away from Early Marriages

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martina Tomassini*

“As my daughters are getting educated, they don’t have to depend on others”

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BIHAR, India, 8 March 2019 (UNICEF)* -– Imagine. You are a parent of four and you live in Bihar, one of the lowest income states in East India. As a child, you were lucky enough to go to school. But your family could not afford to keep you learning, so you were married off in your teens and dropped out.

Now, imagine. Your daughter’s future looks dramatically different than yours as a child. She has a brilliant opportunity ahead of her. She can complete her studies and pursue higher education. She gets a chance you never got: choosing what she wants in life.

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10/03/2019

UN’s Largest Meeting on Gender Equality Begins amidst Economic Uncertainties, Exclusionary Politics, Push-back on Civil Society, and Rising Labour Informality

Human Wrongs Watch

Spotlight on improving social protection, inadequate public services and gender-blind infrastructure; identifying policy actions critical to propel gender equality and transform women’s lives

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New York, 8 March 2019 (UN Women)* – Against the backdrop of a volatile global economy, rising conflict and instability, rapid population ageing, shrinking democratic spaces and push-back on women’s rights, the UN Commission on the Status of Women is set to begin next week at the UN Headquarters in New York.

This is the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights, and the single largest forum for UN Member States, civil society organizations and other international actors to build consensus, renew commitment and agree on better policy solutions.

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10/03/2019

A League of Extraordinary Women: Real Life Super Heroes

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 8 March 2019 (UNFPA)* — In 1994, global leaders committed to achieving a better, fairer world for women.
Farzana Akbari took a stand against virginity tests – invasive, discriminatory, unscientific exams – to protect women and girls. © UNFPA Afghanistan
Farzana Akbari took a stand against virginity tests – invasive, discriminatory, unscientific exams – to protect women and girls. © UNFPA Afghanistan

At the International Conference on Population and Development, governments agreed that countries must uphold each individual’s right to make free and informed choices over their own sexual and reproductive health.

These rights – which encompass the right to sexual health information, the right to the highest possible standard of reproductive health care, and the empowerment and autonomy of women – are a precondition for achieving gender equality.

Yet 25 years later, these rights have not been realized for all.

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10/03/2019

The EU’s Digital Tax Is Dead, Long Live the OECD’s Plans

An activist wearing a mask depicting Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds a banner reading ‘Tax me’ at the start of an European Union Finance Ministers Meeting in front of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 04 December 2018. Activists ask for an EU tax on big digital firms. [EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ] | Photo from EurActiv.

Following a year and a half of intense discussions and various proposals, the EU’s digital tax will face its ultimate test next Tuesday [12 March 2019].

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