News in Brief 7 June 2017 (AM)

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The rainbow flag, commonly known as the LGBT pride flag. Photo: ILO

Gender-related killings a form of arbitrary execution: UN human rights expert

A UN human rights expert is calling for gender-related killings to be recognized as a form of arbitrary execution.

This includes deaths resulting from domestic violence, so-called "honour killings," and the murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people.

Agnes Callamard made the recommendation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, where she delivered her first report as Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

She said global statistics show that nearly half of all women homicide victims were killed by family members or intimate partners, whereas the rate for men stood at five per cent.

She called on governments to do more to tackle what she described as "the hugely disproportionate rates" of violence suffered by women.

WFP welcomes China contribution to feed hungry in Chad

A US$4 million contribution from China to the World Food Programme (WFP) will help to feed more than 100,000 needy people in Chad, the UN agency announced on Wednesday.

Those set to benefit include nearly 30,000 women and more than 10,000 children under five in the east of the country, as well as 44,000 refugees from Sudan.

WFP operations in Chad support nearly half a million people who include refugees, returnees and internally displaced citizens.

The funding marks China's first contribution to WFP and comes at "a crucial time," according to the agency.

UNESCO symposium aims to crack code on girls and STEM education

Although more girls are in school today than ever before, the number of women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) remains low.

That's according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which will hold a symposium later this year to help address the disparity.

'Cracking the Code: Girls' Education in STEM' will be held in Bangkok in late August.

It will function as a platform to share research and experience, but also to facilitate dialogue on policy and to promote collaboration.

UNESCO says socio-economic factors and gender-based discrimination prevent girls from having equal opportunities to benefit from an education of their choice.

As STEM underpins solutions to existing and emerging challenges, the UN agency says it is "crucial" for women and girls to also be involved.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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