Gender violence, inequality rife thanks to pandemic
By EARLE GALE in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-11-27 09:40The United Nations has set aside $25 million to help tackle what it says is the worsening problem of gender-based violence against women.The organization said the abuse has been made worse recently by wars and natural disasters, including the novel coronavirus pandemic.The UN also called on other organizations to help tackle the "shadow pandemic" of gender-based violence against women.The Guardian newspaper quoted Mark Lowcock, the UN's humanitarian chief, as urging other stakeholders to "put their money where their mouth ...
Abuse against women still prevalent
In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it might be worthwhile to review the current situation of violence against women in Thailand.Like many other Asian countries, Thailand is a patriarchal society in which women are generally tied to the role of family caretaker which usually means raising children and...
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Feli Nuna Joins Fight Against Hate Speech
Feli NunaAs part of efforts to contribute to a peaceful society devoid of discrimination and other social vices, singer and rapper, Feli Nuna, is staging a campaign against hate speech online.The world over, hate speech has been a menace to democratic values, social stability and peace. Combating it is therefore crucial to deepening progress in helping to prevent armed conflict, atrocity crimes and terrorism among others.The United Nations has a long history of mobilising the world against hatred of all kinds through wide-ranging actions to defend human rights and advance the rule of law.Feli ...
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UN General Assembly president assails Security Council
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN General Assembly president Volkan Bozkir on Monday criticized the Security Council, saying it was failing to respond to the world's biggest challenges due to "competing interests.""The council has, on many occasions, failed to carry out its responsibility to maintain international peace and security," Bozkir, a Turkish diplomat, said at a debate on reforming the body."Competing interests among its members and frequent use of the veto have limited the Security Council's effectiveness. Even in some of the most urgent humanitarian crises, the council coul...
United Nations' Bachelet 'appalled' by violence in Mozambique
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern on Friday regarding reports of escalating violence in northern Mozambique, where police say Islamist militants beheaded more than 50 people in recent days.Security forces in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province have been fighting Islamist militants since 2017, in an insurgency that has displaced thousands of people. The local militant group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State last year.“The situation is desperate both for those trapped in conflict-affected areas, with barely any means of surviving, and for those displaced ac...
Biden Administration Should End US Assault on United Nations
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/11/202011us_biden_presidentelect.jpgUS President-elect Joe Biden should move quickly after his January 20, 2021 inauguration to end the Trump administration’s sustained assault on the United Nations and restore funding for lifesaving UN agencies the outgoing administration sought to undermine.The Trump administration stopped funding vital humanitarian agencies whose missions it viewed as hostile to its policies, such as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). These. These agencies promo...
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#EndSARS: Northern Coalition Petitions UN, UK, US
Asocio-political organisation, Coalition of Northern Group, has petitioned the United Nations, the United Kingdom and the United States over the nationwide #EndSARS protests that rocked Nigeria last month.Its spokesman, Suleiman Abdul-Azeez, at a press briefing yesterday, stated that the civil unrest was geared towards destabilizing the countryAbdulazeez accused the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, of escalating the protest by allegedly instigating the burning and destruction of property belonging to some perceived foes.The group, however, appealed to the internat...
A necessary contradiction
A necessary contradictionLast Oct. 24, the United Nations commemorated the 75th anniversary of the day the UN Charter entered into force. One need look no further than the two words that constitute its name to realize the near miraculous feat that the organization has achieved by merely existing for so long.“United.” “Nations.”Nations seek to be united within themselves, but they were created for the express purpose of establishing borders, separation… “us” rather than “them” as the fate of the predecessor of the UN, the League of Nations, makes clear the inherent difficulties in creating a gl...
Libya's warring sides discuss implementing cease-fire
Military leaders from Libya's warring sides met Monday in the oasis town of Ghadames, the United Nations said, the first face-to-face military talks inside Libya since last year's attack on the capital by the forces of military commander Khalifa Hafter.The fifth round of talks, brokered by the UN, came less than two weeks after the two sides inked a permanent cease-fire in Geneva on October 23, a move the UN billed as historic after years of fighting that has split the North African country in two.The UN mission in Libya said the meetings through Wednesday would discuss implementing and monito...
UN To Intensify Developmental Projects
The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has said that the UN through its agencies will continue to carry out development projects in Plateau State in key areas that will impact on the lives of the people, particularly at the grassroots.Kallon said this when he visited Plateau State to meet with Governor Simon Lalong on enhancing collaboration in areas of development and growth of the state.How controversies, missing funds derailed amnesty programme for militantsFG seeks private funding to close $2.5bn energy gapHe pointed out that he will engage...