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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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Three things we need to know about “SOGI”

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, or IDAHOT. Why should we care about IDAHOT? Because sexual orientation and gender identity, or SOGI, matters. Here are three things we need to know about SOGI: First, SOGI inclusion is about zero discrimination. Despite some legal and social progress in the past two decades, LGBTI people continue to face widespread discrimination and violence in many countries


Americans, Foreign Policy Community Should Defend, Advance LGBT Equality Worldwide

Washington Post: Joe Biden: Americans must stand with LGBT people around the world Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States “…[A]ny person of conscience, regardless of their religious or partisan beliefs, should be able to agree: Violence against any person, in any form, is intolerable. No one should be killed, tortured, assaulted, or…More


Malaria Prevention: Tackling the Gaps in Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach

Estrella Lasry, Tropical Diseases Advisor at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), describes the challenges of combating malaria in populations isolated by geography or violence. For this year’s World Malaria Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has focused


ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?


The (non)link between refugees and crime takes on new urgency

The world is currently being forced to confront an unprecedented crisis of forced migration, and the tension in the current public discourse surrounding it is undeniable. For many, the refugee crisis is closely related to terrorism for many reasons, some more legitimate than others. Unfortunately, that association – and the fear that accompanies it – has been opportunistically leveraged by President Donald Trump and others hoping to ride a wave of nativist xenophobia to elected office. This toxic political rhetoric has included twisting data on crime statistics, painting a false perception between refugees and crime – hurting the stance on immigration alongside people’s hopes for a better life.


World Bank President Kim Pledges To Prioritize Gender-Based Violence Prevention During Second…

Devex: World Bank ramps up work on preventing gender-based violence “World Bank President Jim Kim has called gender-based violence against women and girls a ‘worldwide epidemic’ that ‘undermines all our work to end poverty and boost shared prosperity.’ Speaking during the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., Kim described GBV as ‘completely…More


A crisis of protection and safe passage: violence experienced by migrants/refugees

Pushed by ongoing conflicts and pulled by the desire for a better life, over one million migrants/refugees transited Balkan countries and arrived in Europe during 2015 and early 2016.


Drought in Africa – How the system to fund humanitarian aid is still hardwired to fail

Guest post from Debbie Hillier, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser Nearly 11 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are facing alarming levels of food insecurity. In Somalia, deaths as a result of drought have already been recorded, and as its next rains are forecast to be poor, famine is a real possibility. But why are we facing the threat of famine yet again in Somalia? …


Editorials Denounce U.S. Decision To Withhold UNFPA Funding

The Lancet: Defunding the UNFPA: sign of the times Editorial Board “…The removal of support [for UNFPA] is a blow to an agency that ensures access to contraception and maternal and child health services, and fights against gender violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilation in more than 150 countries worldwide. … But the current…More


Malnutrition Worsens Disease Outbreaks Among Population Displaced By Boko Haram In Northeastern…

Science: Hunger amplifies infectious diseases for millions fleeing the violence of Boko Haram “…[Nigerians uprooted by Boko Haram] are crammed into squalid camps and towns already too destitute to deal with the influx. Food, water, and sanitation are scarce or nonexistent, leaving few options other than open defecation. The camps and slums provide a perfect…More


Supporting Long-Term Approaches To Conflict Prevention, Peace-Building Vital To Addressing…

The Guardian: Feed the starving? Guns are the true cause of hunger and famine Simon O’Connell, executive director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and senior vice president for global partnerships “…In South Sudan, as in Somalia, Nigeria, and Yemen, it is not a lack of food that creates famine. Crises exist because of violence and…More


WHO alarmed by use of highly toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria

WHO is alarmed by serious reports of the use of highly toxic chemicals in an attack in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria.


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


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