Archive for May 20th, 2021

20/05/2021

Large Corporations Cash in on COVID-19 Relief Funds

Human Wrongs Watch

BRATISLAVA , May 18 2021 (IPS)* – Poverty and income inequality are being deepened as COVID-19 relief funds are handed out to large corporations instead of social protection programmes in developing countries, groups involved in a new study of COVID-19 bailouts have said.

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20/05/2021

Fresh Attacks, Dire Conditions Plague Africa’s Sahel

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Despite a deteriorating security situation and the reverberating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, regional troops deployed to combat terrorists in Africa’s Sahel region have scaled up the tempo of their operations in recent months, efforts that must be matched by a spirit of solidarity among their global partners, the senior UN peacekeeping official on 18 May 2021 told the Security Council.

MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko | MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Niafounké in Mali.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, told delegates that the fight against armed groups in the Sahel has intensified since late 2020.
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He described the Joint Force first deployed in 2017 by the “Group of Five” (G-5) Sahel countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – as a vital part of the security response in the region.
20/05/2021

Sexual Violence Survivors in DR Congo Caught in Crisis of ‘Catastrophic Magnitude’

19 May 2021 (UN News)*On a recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dr. Natalie Kanem, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, bore witness to the horrific legacy of sexual violence in the country, which is undergoing one of the world’s longest-running humanitarian crises.
 
UNFPA/Luis Tato | UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem visits a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

‘The men broke my body and shattered my soul’

 “We waited for hours in the distribution point until they eventually told us to go home. Hungry and empty-handed, I walked with three other women and two little girls. It was dusk, and I heard the little girls scream.

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20/05/2021

International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)- What Is It All About?

Human Wrongs Watch

20 May 2021 (UNESCO)* — The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (IDRC) builds on the strong momentum created by and the achievements of both the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) and the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010).

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20/05/2021

Why Does Cultural Diversity Matter?

Three women wearing masks made of traditional cloth designs pose for a photo as one of them displays artwork in her hand.

PHOTO: Illustration of hands (left): ©UNESCO Almaty. Photo (right): ©UNESCO/Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe and Gaudencia Yupari.

20 May 2021 (United Nations)* — Cultural events cancelled, cultural institutions closed, community cultural practices suspended, empty UNESCO World Heritage sites, heightened risk of looting of cultural sites and poaching at natural sites, artists unable to make ends meet and the cultural tourism sector greatly affected…

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20/05/2021

Celebrating Tea in Its International Day!

Human Wrongs Watch

20 May 2021 (FAO)* — The origins of tea stretch back more than 5 000 years, but its contributions to health, culture and socioeconomic development are still as relevant today.

Tea is currently grown in very localized areas, and supports over 13 million people, including smallholder farmers and their households, who depend on the tea sector for their livelihoods.

International Tea Day [21 May] is an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage, health benefits and economic importance of tea, while working to make its production sustainable “from field to cup” ensuring its benefits for people, cultures and the environment continue for generations.

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