News in Brief – 15 June 2016 (PM)

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Yoo Soon-taek, pay their respects at a commemoration ceremony at the Brussels airport for the victims of the 22 March attacks. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Remembering victims of Brussels terror attacks

Victims of what has been described as the "heinous" 22 March terrorist attack in Brussels were remembered by the UN Secretary-General who was in the Belgian capital this Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon laid a wreath at the city's airport, one of the facilities targeted in the bombings which resulted in the deaths of 32 people and injuries to many more.

"This was a heinous attack not only on Belgium, but also on humanity. The attack, here at the airport and at the metro station, where so many people congregate, symbolizes this: the one place where all different nationalities congregate."

Mr Ban also paid tribute to the lives lost in other acts of violent extremism worldwide.

"I am deeply saddened that we continue to witness multiple acts of terrorism across the world: from a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, to the beaches of Grand-Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire; a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, and recent attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, and most recently in Paris where policemen were killed, and also in Orlando, Florida, United States, where a terrorist attack has killed 49 people and more than 50 people injured. All these terrorist acts must be defeated in the name of humanity."

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Governments and civil society have been encouraged to strengthen their resolve to stamp out all forms of violence and abuse against older people.

The appeal was made by the UN Secretary-General in a message on Wednesday to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"He noted that the World Health Organization estimates that up to 10 per cent of older people may be affected in some countries. He particularly highlighted the plight of older women, who he said, suffer from age and gender discrimination and are more vulnerable than men."

Actress Anne Hathaway new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador 

American actress Anne Hathaway has been appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador by UN Women, the United Nations's gender entity.

The Academy Award-winning star of the film adaptation of 'Les Misérables' will bring attention to the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality.

Ms Hathaway will help advance policies to bring about measurable change, such as affordable childcare services and shared parental leave.

UN Women said these measures are two ways employers and governments can demonstrate that they understand the value of their people.

"Just as they hinder women's equal participation in the workforce, rigid gender roles keep men stuck in harmful cultural stasis," according to the agency.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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