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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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U.S. State Department Renews Commitment To Eliminate Sexual Violence In Conflict

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Recommitting to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict Recognizing the International Day to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 19, Betty Bernstein-Zabza, senior adviser and director of operations of the secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department, writes, “Today, we renew our commitment to combat sexual violence…More


Estimated 100K Children Threatened By Violence In Mosul, UNICEF Warns

Associated Press: UNICEF: 100,000 children in dangerous conditions in Mosul “Mosul’s children are bearing the brunt of the intensified fight between U.S.-backed government forces and the Islamic State group in the city’s western half, the United Nations children’s agency warned on Monday…” (Salaheddin, 6/5). Deutsche Welle: UNICEF reports 100,000 children trapped in extreme danger in…More


What the U.S. resistance can’t imagine

Grassroots activists and organizations led by people in the Global South are already creating the future we can’t yet see.


Plagued By Cholera Epidemic, Food Shortages, Ongoing Violence, Yemen Faces Collapse Without…

Associated Press: U.N. aid chief in Yemen warns of cholera rise without more aid “Two senior U.N. officials on Tuesday warned of the spread of cholera and malnutrition in Yemen, where millions of civilians have been caught in a two-year-old civil war…” (5/31). Deutsche Welle: U.N. humanitarian chief reports Yemen spiraling towards collapse “United Nations…More


Why is life in fragile/conflict states not more ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and…

Thomas Hobbes argued that states are essential to guarantee security. In their absence there would be a ‘war of all against all’ in which life would be ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’. But in most fragile and conflict affected areas, that degree of bloodbath is strikingly absent – individuals, families and communities find ways to survive and resolve disputes in ways that stop short …


Violence, Food Shortages, Disease Outbreaks, Health Infrastructure Damage Threaten Millions Of…

The Guardian: Scientists race against time as Yemen’s deadly cholera outbreak spirals “As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month…” (Summers, 5/24). The Guardian: Somaliland’s hunger…More


Global Community Must Address Child Marriage, FGM, Early Pregnancy To Prevent Obstetric Fistula

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Obstetric fistula; a silent death for millions of women and girls Jenny Vaughan, senior campaigns and advocacy officer at FORWARD “…Fistula affects mostly those left behind, often those whose lives are affected by multiple factors; social norms that promote child marriage, FGM, and the condoning of domestic violence result in a lack…More


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.


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