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UNRWA fights back against violence against women

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  UNRWA- the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, celebrated International Women's Day Friday, by calling for an end to violence against women and girls. A series of campaign events throughout areas such as Gaza and Syria celebrated the UN's theme for the day: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against [...]

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UNRWA fights back against violence against women

Listen / International Women's Day at UNRWA

  UNRWA- the UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees, celebrated International Women's Day Friday, by calling for an end to violence against women and girls. A series of campaign events throughout areas such as Gaza and Syria celebrated the UN's theme for the day: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against [...]

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Caribbean Tourism Conference to focus on Product, Partnership and Profitability

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Product, partnership and profitability will get attention at the Caribbean Tourism Organisation -CTO sustainable conference Delegates attending the region's premier gathering on sustainable tourism will delve into some areas that impact their bottom line. The CTO's 14thSustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14) takes place in Trinidad and Tobago from April 5-18th . I asked Gail Henry, CTO's [...]

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World Committee on Tourism Ethics praises growing private sector commitment

Listen / Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

The Twelfth Meeting of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics commended the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Private Sector Commitment to the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism Initiative and praised the growing number of signatory businesses who pledged to uphold responsible conduct in the tourism sector (Madrid, Spain, 4-5 March). As the body responsible [...]

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Violence against women and girls the most widespread human right violations: CARICOM

Listen / Commission on the Status of Women

With the scourge of violence against women and girls still rampant around the world, the international community must "rise to the occasion" and lay out concrete plans to tackle that long-standing, deeply entrenched crisis, stressed high-level speakers as the Commission on the Status of Women opened its historic fifty-seventh session today. Jennifer Webster, Minister of [...]

8 Mar 2013 | Posted in Caribbean News, Women | Read More »

UN mission in DR Congo to suspend support to two battalions

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The UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) has announced that it is starting a process of ending support to two Congolese army battalions implicated in human rights violations. MONUSCO says there have been several human rights investigation missions to Minova, North Kivu, and surrounding villages conducted between December 2012 and February [...]

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UN Daily News 08 March 2013

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Yuna sings "One Woman: A song for UN Women"

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  "One Woman: A song for UN Women" was launched on the 8th of March, International Women's Day. The "One Woman" song is a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring 25 artists from 20 countries. UN Women says the song calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who daily [...]

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Displacement worsening in eastern DR Congo: IOM

Listen / IOM staff guides displaced people during the distribution of non-food assistance at the Bulengo settlement

The displacement of people as a result of conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is worsening, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agency says that it carried out an aerial reconnaissance mission in the area on Tuesday together with the UN Office for the Coordination of [...]

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Violence against Women is not inevitable: Ban Ki-moon

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Violence against women is not inevitable and everyone, women, men, girls and boys must wage the struggle to end it. That's what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a gathering at the United Nations in New York on Friday to mark International Women's Day observed on 8 March. He said ending violence against women and girls, [...]

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United Nations launches concerted push for effective drought policies

Listen / A bone-dry part of the River Niger at Mopti, a major town in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Mali.

  Three United Nations institutions have now joined forces to promote the development and adoption of practical and proactive policies at the national level to make drought-prone countries more resilient. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and other [...]

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"We need to break the silence and cycle of violence”: ESCAP chief Noleen Heyzer

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  "Violence against women was the darkest secret – couched in silence and taboo – a manifestation of unequal power relationships, the low status of women and entrenched structural discrimination," said Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She told an [...]

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UN human rights office shocked by video of torture in Fiji

Listen / Rupert Colville, UN Human Rights spokesperson

The United Nations human rights office has expressed shock over the content of a video showing the apparent torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of two handcuffed men in Fiji. It says the video, which has emerged on social networks and the Internet, shows a handcuffed man being physically and sexually assaulted, beaten and humiliated [...]

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FAO, IFAD, WFP and IDLO highlight link between women, violence and food security

Listen / Harvesting rice in India

In spite of the major role played by women in producing food and feeding their families, little attention has been paid to the connection between gender, violence and food security, a number of organizations said in a joint statement to mark International Women's Day on Friday 8 March. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), [...]

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UNDP chief calls for an end to violence against women

Listen / A victim of sexual violence, Beatrice is gradually learning to live again thanks to moral and financial support provided by her Community Centre in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Junior D. Kannah/UNDP DRC

  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark called Friday for scaled-up efforts globally to stop violence against women, describing it as a weapon of war in much of the world and a major obstacle to equality and development.  In a statement Friday, Ms. Clark said "Let's mark International Women's Day this year not [...]

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No to all forms of violence against women, says head of UN Women

Listen / Michelle Bachelet

Governments around the world are being urged not to allow disagreements and indecision to block progress for the world's women. The call comes from Michelle Bachelet, the head of UN Women, the United Nations agency to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in her message for International Women's Day on 8 March. She [...]

8 Mar 2013 | Posted in Today's News, Women | Read More »

Enough is enough – discrimination and violence must end: Head of UN Women

Listen / Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the head of UN Women says discrimination and violence against women and girls have no place in the 21st century. Michelle Bachelet says “Enough is enough”, in a message of both outrage and hope that discrimination and violence must end. Duration: 2'54"

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Yuna sings "One Woman: A song for UN Women"

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  "One Woman: A song for UN Women" is being launched on 8 March, International Women's Day. The "One Woman" song is a musical celebration of women worldwide, featuring 25 artists from 20 countries. UN Women says the song calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who make daily [...]

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