Archive for September 17th, 2020

17/09/2020

Hurricane Sally Causes Major Flooding as 2020 Season Exhausts List of Names

Human Wrongs Watch

17 September 2020 (WMO)*The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is so active that it has nearly exhausted the regular list of storm names. If this happens, the Greek alphabet will be used for only the second time on record.

On 14 September, the US National Hurricane Center issued advisories on five tropical cyclones over the Atlantic basin (Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy and Vicky). This ties the record for the most number of tropical cyclones in that basin at one time, last set in September 1971.

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17/09/2020

Keep Health Workers Safe to Keep Patients Safe: WHO

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Geneva, 17 September 2020 (WHO)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

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17/09/2020

‘Governments Urged to Protect Poor against Modern Slavery, Step Up Development Financing’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Unless governments act now, millions of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said.

© UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi | A Nigerian girl, pregnant with twins after being forced into prostitution following her arrival in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea route from Libya, stands in a home run by an Italian NGO where she is being sheltered in Asti, Piedmont region, Italy. (2017)
17/09/2020

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: International Equal Pay Day

Man and woman in uniform in front of industrial equipment.

Worldwide, women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, creating a lifetime of income inequality between men and women. PHOTO:ILO / Marcel Crozet

Across all regions, women are paid less than men, with the gender pay gap estimated at 23 per cent globally.

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17/09/2020

‘Around the World, Despite Decades of Activism, and Dozens of Laws on Equal Pay, Women Still Earn Less than 80 Cents for Every Dollar Men Do’

Two men and one woman in uniform working with wood.

If you had told me this forty years ago, I would have been shocked. But according to the World Economic Forum, it will take 257 years to close this gap.

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