News in Brief 19 September 2017 (PM)

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Burundian refugees prepare food over an open flame at a settlement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (File) Photo: UNICEF/Seck

DRC urged to protect refugees following deadly shooting

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being urged to ensure better protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following a deadly shooting incident in the eastern part of the country.

The appeal was made on Wednesday by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

At least 39 people, including a child, were killed when government troops fired on Burundian protestors in the town of Kamanyola last Friday.

UNHCR believes many of these people were refugees or asylum-seekers.

A Congolese soldier was also killed in the incident, in which 94 other people were injured.

More than 43,700 Burundians have found refuge in the DRC since 2015, in the wake of political instability and deteriorating human rights in their homeland following the President's decision to stand for a controversial third term. 

WHO funding supports health care access for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

UN agencies continue to provide critical support to scores of vulnerable people who have fled violence in Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it has released an initial allocation of US$175,000 in emergency funding to mobilize essential medicines and support medical teams in the Cox's Bazar area.

More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived there in recent weeks; most of whom are living in makeshift settlements.

WHO and Bangladesh's Ministry of Health, along with their partners, are working to address concerns such as poor nutrition, communicable diseases and treatment for injuries.

The UN agency has also been supporting the Ministry in planning and implementing a mass campaign to protect around 150,000 young children against measles, rubella and polio.

EPIC coalition will work to end the gender pay gap

A new global partnership will challenge what the UN's gender entity, UN Women, considers "one of the most persistent barriers to women's success at work" and to economic growth overall.

The Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) aims to make equal pay between women and men who do the same job, a reality by 2030.

EPIC was launched this week on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

It will work with governments, employers, workers and labour organizations to address what's commonly referred to as "the gender pay gap."

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka described unequal pay as an "injustice."

She said that rectifying it would translate into lifelong benefits for women and their families, including better career prospects, greater independence and higher investment in their children's education and health.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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