Archive for February 12th, 2021

12/02/2021

Three Girls, Three Stories: The Perils of Child Marriage and the Promise of Freedom

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BELGRADE, Serbia/LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan /ESKİŞEHİR, Turkey, 11 February 2021 (UNFPA)* –  How much is a girl worth? If you are Maja, the answer is a chicken, a six-pack of beer and €100. That is how much her family, living in a Roma settlement in Serbia, received in exchange for her hand “in marriage.” She was 11 years old at the time. “They benefited maybe a month from it, and I was left with a problem for my whole life,” Maja, now 18, said.

Sixteen-year-old Fethiye fled war in Iran – and the likelihood of child marriage – to Turkey. © UNFPA Turkey

“My three sisters didn’t do much better. One gave birth when she turned 13. They were not sold, but they ran away from our mother at an early age. I was the only one who was sold.”

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12/02/2021

Aung San Suu Kyi Overlooked Myanmar’s Deepest Problems

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By Khin Zaw Win*

Ambition drove the military’s coup. But long before that, the country’s deposed leader squandered many opportunities for real change.
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PA Images | Aung San Suu Kyi ‘failed to pay attention’ to Myanmar’s ethnic groups.
 

12 February 2021 (openDemocracy)* — The Myanmar coup is a sad and onerous turn of events for a country with a long and unhappy experience of military rule. It is important to note that this is not an institutional crisis. What we are witnessing is a squabble among court factions for the throne.

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12/02/2021

The Challenge of Tackling Climate Change Is One that the UN Needs to Talk about “Honestly, Without Scaremongering”

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10 February 2021 (UN News)* The challenge of tackling climate change is one that the UN needs to talk about “honestly, without scaremongering” and by focusing on scientific fact, according to Inger Andersen, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

© UNICEF/Maria Louise De La Gua | Some 700,000 people have been affected by floods in South Sudan, including in Pibor.

The UN agency which Ms Andersen describes as the “environmental conscience of the United Nations”, is at the centre of the global debate about sustainability, the environment and climate change.

The UNEP chief was interviewed by the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the UN, Melissa Fleming, as part of the podcast series Awake at Night.

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12/02/2021

In Tanzania, a Radio Programme for Girls Yields Unexpected Results

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The United Nations will commemorate World Radio Day on Feb. 13

Jessica Love is the Executive Director of AfricAid, which supports robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. Learn more at AfricAid.org.

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Kisa Project Manager, Hadija Hassan, records the Tanzania-based GLAMI’s first radio program, about Personal Leadership, at the studio. Courtesy: AfricAid/GLAMI

DENVER, Colorado, Feb 12 2021 (IPS)* – Last fall, a 45-year-old father of four named Moses turned on the radio at his home in Arusha, Tanzania.

Searching for his favorite station, he heard the introduction to a program about girls that he would later describe as ‘ear-catching.’ He wanted to know what would come next.

He had stumbled upon “Safari ya Binti” (A Girl’s Journey), a pilot radio program created by GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), a Tanzanian NGO that runs extracurricular mentoring programs for secondary school girls.

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12/02/2021

New World. New Radio.

Radio hosts at Gao Community Radio.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), through a Quick Impact Project, supports community radio in Gao, Mali. PHOTO: UN Photo/Harandane Dicko

12 February 2021 (United Nations)* — World Radio Day 2021 (WRD 2021) celebrates radio as part of humanity’s history by following the various developments in our society and adapting its services. As the world changes, so does radio.

Thus, during the Covid-19 pandemic, radio made it possible, for example, to ensure continuity of learning, to fight against misinformation, and to promote barrier gestures.

“New World, New Radio” is, therefore, an ode to the resilience of radio. It is a tribute to its capacity for perpetual adaptation at the rate of societal transformations and listeners’ new needs. Accessible anywhere and anytime, radio reaches a broad audience. It presents itself as an arena where all voices can be expressed, represented, and heard hence why radio is still the most consumed medium worldwide today.

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12/02/2021

‘Three Major Threats’ to Inoculating the World

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12 February 2021 (UN News)*Amidst some positive news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that both COVID-19 deaths and new cases have recently been on the wane, there are “three major threats” to the UN-led international equitable vaccine initiative, COVAX, that require urgent attention.

WHO | A pharmacy at Fasham Urban Comprehensive Health Centre, Shemiranat District Tehran, Iran.
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Briefing UN Member States on Thursday [11 February 2021], WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus drew attention to a $27 billion financing gap in the ACT Accelerator, which supports the development and equitable distribution of coronavirus tests, treatments and vaccines globally.

“The longer this gap goes unmet, the harder it becomes to understand why, given this is a tiny fraction of the trillions of dollars that have been mobilized for stimulus packages in G20 countries”, he said.

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