Archive for January 23rd, 2023

23/01/2023

Up to 4 Million Children in Pakistan Still Living Next to Stagnant and Contaminated Floodwater

Child survival crisis remains acute in flood-affected areas as rates of respiratory infections and severe acute malnutrition soar

Pakistan. A woman holds her daughter as she stands in floodwaters in Sindh Province, Pakistan.
UNICEF/UN0730486/BashirA woman holds her daughter as she stands in floodwaters in Sindh Province, Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, 9 January 2023 (UNICEF)* – More than four months after a national state of emergency was declared in Pakistan, up to 4 million children are still living near contaminated and stagnant flood waters, risking their survival and wellbeing, UNICEF warned today.

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23/01/2023

‘We are not afraid’: Indigenous Brazilian women stand up to gender violence

Human Wrongs Watch

Women from Brazil’s indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence, but UN-backed initiatives, and a change in the law, are encouraging them to seek protection.

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UNFPA Brazil/Isabela Martel | Lutana Ribeiro is the only female chief of Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighbourhood in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state.

In Parque das Tribos, an indigenous neighbourhood in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state, violence against women is not uncommon.

“As a leader, I have experienced many things,” says Lutana Ribeiro, a member of the Kokama ethnic group, and the only female chief in Parque das Tribos, which is home to around 4,500 people. “Women knock on my door asking for help.”

Sparsely populated and relatively isolated in terms of air, road and sea access, the state of Amazonas faces particular challenges in access to public services, including for sexual and reproductive health support and gender-based violence response.

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