News in Brief 09 March 2015 (PM)

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Governments commit to scale-up investments in women's empowerment

Government ministers and representatives on Monday issued a political declaration with action to achieve equality between men and women by 2030.

The declaration was issued at the start of the two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women which opened in New York.

Governments pledged to take concrete action to bolster institutions vital to women's empowerment, transform discriminatory norms and stereotypes, close resource gaps, boost accountability, and enhance capacities to track progress.

Thousands of people forcibly evicted from displacement sites in Mogadishu

Thousands of displaced people are reported to have been forcefully evicted from sites in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric says humanitarian colleagues report that the evictions took place in the first week of March.

"The evictions took place at a very short notice and most people were forced to leave their belongings behind. The majority of those evicted moved to the outskirts of Mogadishu, where living conditions are even harsher than in the capital." (12")

Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals mentors Arusha girls

The Arusha branch of the structure that will continue the work of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia has launched a mentoring programme for girls.

The one year programme in the City of Arusha in northern Tanzania is aimed at 16 to 17 year old girls from three local secondary schools to empower and help them make informed decisions as they enter adulthood.

It will be run and moderated by volunteer female staff members of the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals on weekends to avoid interference with participants' school or the mentors' work.

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