‘SYSTEMIC RACISM NEEDS A SYSTEMIC RESPONSE’, UN RIGHTS CHIEF SAYS

Sun 21 March 2021: The United Nations Human Rights Council has begun a discussion over police violence against people of African descent, with a warning from UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet that “brutality and discrimination” against those people continues to occur. In an appeal issued in Geneva on Friday for States to take action, the […]

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BILLIONS WITHOUT CLEAN WATER, DECENT TOILETS – UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT

Sun 21 March 2021: The UN General Assembly President, Volkan Bozkir, said that the lack of providing everyone access to safe drinking water was a global “moral failure”, as he opened a high-level meeting on water-related issues and targets on Thursday. “If I may be candid: it is a moral failure that we live in […]

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LETHAL SMALL PARTICLE POLLUTION HIGH IN 2020 DESPITE LOCKDOWNS: REPORT

Tue 16 March 2021: Deadly small particle pollution in four of five nations exceeded World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations last year despite Covid lockdowns, according to a report released Tuesday. The partial or complete shutdown of transport and industry for months at a time in 2020 reduced average levels of so-called PM2.5 pollution across the […]

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WHO ADVISES AGAINST OBLIGATORY ‘VACCINE PASSPORTS’ FOR TRAVEL

Wed 10 March 2021: A senior World Health Organization official said that so-called “vaccine passports” for COVID-19 should not be used for international travel because of numerous concerns, including ethical considerations that coronavirus vaccines are not easily available globally. At a press briefing on Monday, WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said there are “real […]

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ONE IN THREE WOMEN ENDURE PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE, SAYS WHO

Wed 10 March 2021: Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime, pervasive criminal behavior that has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The UN agency urged governments to prevent violence, improve services for victims and tackle economic inequalities that often […]

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EMERGENCY CALLS RISE FIVEFOLD ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: UN

Tue 09 March 2021: Availability of data on violence against women and girls has increased significantly in recent years, and data on the prevalence of intimate partner violence is now available for at least 106 countries. Calls to helplines have increased fivefold in some countries as rates of reported intimate partner violence increase because of […]

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10 MILLION MORE GIRLS CAN BE PUSHED INTO CHILD MARRIAGE: UNICEF

Mon 08 March 2021: A new report has warned that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may undermine a quarter century’s progress in curbing child marriages and increase under-age pregnancies. COVID-19: A threat to progress against child marriage – released on International Women’s Day – warns that school closures, economic stress, service disruptions, pregnancy, and parental […]

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