Archive for October 9th, 2020

09/10/2020

Can Democracies Survive Social Media?

Balancing freedom of expression with social responsibility

8 October 2020 (Wall Street International)* — Abraham Lincoln is credited with one of the most enduring statements in American history: “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Unfortunately, nearly all Americans have been fooled by this. The first person to utter the statement was actually the showman P.T. Barnum.

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09/10/2020

Climate Change: Proof in Numbers

UNEP’s novel ‘World Environment Situation Room’ provides real-time data on PM2.5 levels across the planet, informing scientists, policy-makers and citizens alike.

forest-fire-432870_1920.Ylvers-PixabaySkeeze / Pixabay / 08 Oct 2020

8 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — Last month, as wildfires continued to rage across the American West, Pascal Peduzzi, a climate scientist with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva, followed the situation with air quality in Mammoth Lakes, a town high in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.

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09/10/2020

Women Are “Under Siege,” Bearing the Bulk of the Care and Economic Burden in Many Societies, While Also Facing “an Alarming Surge of Violence in the Home”

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Armed conflict has a disproportionate impact on women and girls – a key reason why women’s “full, equal and meaningful participation” in UN peacekeeping is such a priority, the Secretary-General said on Thursday [8 October 2020].

UNAMID/Mohamad Almahady | Women played a prominent role in the political transition process in Sudan, which resulted in women holding key government leadership positions, including the country’s first-ever woman Foreign Minister and Chief Justice.
09/10/2020

Girls to Know: The Next Generation Is Already Leading the Way

Human Wrongs Watch

Originally published on Medium.com/@UN_Women

A collage of girl activists

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9 October 2020 (UN Women)* — Around the world, girls are driving change. They are activists and advocates on the front lines of movements for social and racial equality. They are calling for urgent climate action and demanding space at decision-making tables in their communities, countries and beyond.

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09/10/2020

‘My Voice, Our Equal Future’

Girls walking together outside Yomelela Primary School, Cape Town South Africa,1 June 2015.

The world is home to more than 1.1 billion girls under age 18, who are poised to become the largest generation of female leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers the world has ever seen. PHOTO:UN Women/Ryan Brown

9 October 2020 (United Nations)* — Progress for adolescent girls has not kept pace with the realities they face today, and COVID-19 has reinforced many of these gaps.

This year, under the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, let’s seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, the solutions- big and small- they are leading and demanding across the globe.

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