Archive for ‘Latin America & Caribbean’

08/08/2020

‘Being Born an Indigenous Girl Can Be a Life Sentence of Poverty, Exclusion and Discrimination…’

Human Wrongs Watch

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – 9 August 2020

pwcexecutivedirectormsmaandangoitikoduringatourin2019toassesshowthetrainedwomenandgirlswerepromotingPWC Executive Director Maanda Ngoitiko during a tour in 2019, to assess how the trained women and girls were promoting use of biogas in Ngorongoro. Photo: UN Women/ Tsitsi Matope

By UN Women* –  Being born an indigenous girl can be a life sentence of poverty, exclusion and discrimination, largely rooted in the historical marginalization of indigenous communities and aggravated by overlapping circumstances such as race, ethnicity, disability and location.

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08/08/2020

‘We Need Indigenous Communities for a Better World’

A woman with indigenous clothes at the UN Headquarters, New York.

(United Nations)* — There are an estimated 476 million indigenous peoples in the world living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.

Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.

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08/08/2020

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

The Bogotá Ministry of Health have sent a Muisca nurse to Suba, in the north of Bogotá, Colombia, to check on the local Muisca indigenous population. Worldwide, over 50% of indigenous adults over age 35 have type 2 diabetes. At the same time, tuberculosis continues to disproportionately affect indigenous peoples due to poverty. These and other deseases make them even more vulnerable in times of COVID-19. Photo: PAHO/Karen González Abril.

(UN)* — While the exact origins of COVID-19 have not yet been confirmed, the link between environmental damage and pandemics is well known to leading research organizations. But there is yet another group of experts, who have been worrying about the threat of a pandemic even before COVID-19: indigenous peoples.

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08/08/2020

Pandemic Highlights Importance of Indigenous Self-Determination: UN Human Rights Chief

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7 August 2020 (UN News)* — The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to ensure the world’s indigenous people have control over their own communities, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has affirmed.

UNDP/Ya’axche | In Belize, indigenous communities are considered key allies for conservation and sustainable development efforts.

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Michelle Bachelet described the pandemic as “a critical threat” to indigenous communities everywhere, at a time when many are also struggling against man-made environmental damage and economic depredation.

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07/08/2020

Cities – Where the Fight for a Green Recovery Will Be Won or Lost

6 August 2020 (UN Environment)* — Cities are home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, all jammed together cheek-by-jowl. Little wonder, then, that cities are being hit hardest by COVID-19: an estimated 90 per cent of all reported cases have occurred in urban areas.

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But the same concentration of people also makes cities the places where the battle for a green recovery from COVID-19 – which is essential to reduce future pandemic risks and fight climate change – can be won.

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05/08/2020

Fade to Black – Dark Hackers at a Glance

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By Fernando Velázquez*

(Wall Street International)*  — Throughout my career I have always thought that offensive security is awesome. That’s why I personally liked the term hacker, gray hat, black hat, etc. a lot because it highlights a lot of aspects in one single term. This is not necessarily an opinion everybody shares.

Being prepared and ready to engage in offensive security with the highest possible gurus, expertise, passion and dedication are the main things to achieve success in it, along with a breaker mentality to dig out the most hidden detail in a system.

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05/08/2020

A Shoulder to Lean on for Female Farmers in South Sudan

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How a women’s farming group in Rumbek created an incredible community

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The members of the group are doing so well they are looking to expand and establish an official bank account. ©FAO/Andreea Campeanu

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(FAO)*– “In the Dinka language, there is a saying: men eat first, then women, then children. But here we, as women, we eat beside the men.”
05/08/2020

The Crash of the American Empire

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By David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The American empire is crashing. What will it be like. Let us look at recent precedents.

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The last empire to crash was the Soviet empire 30 years ago. At the time it was led by Mikhail Gorbachev, a man of peace and harmony, its population was not seriously divided or heavily armed, and the army stayed in their barracks.

As a result, there was very little physical violence when the empire collapsed, although in the ensuing years there was great economic suffering because of the devaluation of the ruble (by a factor of almost 10,000) and in subsequent years, there were armed conflicts with the Ukraine and Georgia.

In the end, the oligarchs (Russian mafia, etc.) and the secret police (Putin had been head of the KGB) consolidated their power.

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05/08/2020

Convention on Worst Forms of Child Labour Receives Universal Ratification

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4 August 2020 (UN News)* — All 187 countries that are members of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) have now ratified a convention to protect children from the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, prostitution and trafficking.

FAO/Franco Mattioli | In Nepal, a young girl transports agricultural goods along a 65 km mountain path. When children engage in work that is not appropriate for their age, this is child labour.
Formally known as Convention No. 182, the treaty, adopted two decades ago, achieved universal ratification on Tuesday [4 August 2020], making it the most rapidly ratified Convention in the UN agency’s 101-year history.
02/08/2020

Breastfeeding ‘For a Healthier Planet’

1 August 2020 (UN News)*World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling – a critical component of breastfeeding support.

UNICEF/Jan Zammit | A mother and her new born baby at the National Health Center for Mother and Child, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. (4 September 2015)

The UN has long advocated the benefits of breastfeeding, which delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. It also helps foster a sustainable food system.

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