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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More

Refugee resettlement in Philadelphia, USA: Challenges and opportunities

Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More

New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

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Women’s Rights Campaigners Express Concerns Over Potential UNFPA Funding Cuts Under Trump,…

The Guardian: Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn “Funding cuts threatened by the Trump administration will jeopardize the lives of tens of thousands of women and girls, including many who have fled violence in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, campaigners warn. A total of 27 short-term U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA)…More


At CSW Opening Session, U.N. Leaders Call For Greater Efforts To Educate, Empower Women

Associated Press/TIME: Women’s Rights Are Under Attack Worldwide, Warns U.N. Chief “Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that women are suffering ‘new assaults on their safety and dignity’ around the world, pointing to extremists subjugating women and governments curtailing women’s freedoms and rolling back laws against domestic violence. He told the opening session of the Commission…More


Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

Muhammad Ashiq, Creative Commons

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More


CTED and ICT4Peace continue to work on countering online presence of terrorist organizations

On 23 February 2017, Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace, along with Steve Crown of Microsoft, Peter Stern of Facebook, Miguel Sanchez of Telefonica and Tara Hairston of Kaspersky, provided an update to the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in New York on the main findings and recommendations of joint UN CTED-ICT4Peace report: “Private Sector Engagement in Responding to the Use of the Internet and ICT for Terrorist Purposes Strengthening Dialogue and Building Trust”. According to the plan of action for 2017, Daniel Stauffacher proposed that efforts will concentrate on two of the nine core recommendations from Phase 1 of the project, namely to (i) continue to strengthen dialogue on the emerging normative framework by means of multi-stakeholder engagement through the convening of a regular programme of global stakeholder workshops, and (ii) to establish a Global Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Platform focused on emerging policies and effective practice.


To fight discrimination, we need to fill the LGBTI data gap

Despite some progress in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to face widespread discrimination and exclusion around the world. Many of them suffer from punitive laws and policies, social stigma, and even violence. They may also be subject to lower educational attainment, higher unemployment rates, poorer health outcomes, as well as unequal access to housing, finance, and social services. As a result, LGBTI people are likely overrepresented in the bottom 40% of the population. The adverse impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of LGBTI groups—as well as on economies and societies at large—tell us one thing: exclusion and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) is a serious development issue


South Sudan, U.S. Governments Must Do More To Alleviate Violence, ‘Man-Made’ Humanitarian,…

Washington Post: South Sudan’s man-made famine demands a response Editorial Board “…By international standards, 42 percent of the population [of South Sudan] is now classified as ‘severely food insecure,’ an unprecedented level, and many are enduring the most severe trial of all, famine. By the peak of the lean season in July, nearly 5.5 million people…More


Challenges to conducting epidemiology research in chronic conflict areas: examples from PURE-…

Little has been written on the challenges of conducting research in regions or countries with chronic conflict and strife.


Prevalence of intimate partner violence and abuse and associated factors among women enrolled…

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is recognised as an important public health and social problem, with far reaching consequences for women’s physical and emotional health and social well-being.


A novel bio-psycho-social approach for rehabilitation of traumatized victims of torture and war…

Some evidence showed that multidisciplinary rehabilitation in Western countries is effective for treating war-related trauma, but it remains unclear whether this approach is applicable to civilians living in r…


Geo-demographics of gunshot wound injuries in Miami-Dade county, 2002–2012

We evaluated correlates of gunshot wound (GSW) injuries in Miami-Dade County, Florida.


Abortion in Tunisia after the revolution: Bringing a new morality into the old reproductive…

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International Community Must Continue To Work Together To End Female Genital Mutilation

U.S. News & World Report: Stop the Silence Jaha Dukureh, founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls “…For the first time ever, the international community is standing up [against female genital mutilation and cutting]. This December we hosted the historic End Violence Against Girls: Summit on female genital mutilation in the District of…More


Year in Review: 2016 in 12 Charts (and a video)

Between the social, political, and economic upheavals affecting our lives, and the violence and forced displacement making headlines, you’d be forgiven for feeling gloomy about 2016. A look at the data reveals some of the challenges we face but also the progress we’ve made toward a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Here are 12 charts that help tell the stories of the year. 1.The number of refugees in the world increased. At the start of 2016, 65 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes, up from 60 million the year before


Sexual harassment robbing many girls of school education

Sexual harassment is robbing far too many girls of the chance to get a school education, which can be a lifeline to ending economic and social poverty. This was a key issue highlighted at a recent high-level Regional Workshop in Burkina Faso. The event focused on findings of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law report, specifically those relating to laws affecting women’s entrepreneurship and employment in West and Central Africa. It brought together Ministers of Gender and policy makers, civil society organizations, and the private sector. One of the issues raised was how sexual harassment in schools and universities affects girls’ economic opportunities.


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