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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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Gender-, Social-Based Discrimination, Violence Must Be Addressed To Reduce HIV In Benin

HuffPost: Society Shouldn’t Be A Roadblock To My Right To Health Magalie Nelson, health adviser; Kate Waller, gender adviser; and Bernabe Yameogo, director, all of Plan International Canada’s Global Fund team “…As the civil society Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria HIV Grant in Benin, Plan International is committed…More


U.S. Has ‘Critical Role’ To Play In Ensuring Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Rights Globally

HuffPost: How One Woman In Uganda Is Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence Seema Jalan, executive director at Universal Access Project “…Women and girls who experience gender-based violence have had their basic human rights violated and are at increased risk of a myriad of other sexual and reproductive health threats, including unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and…More


Male ‘Agents Of Change’ Program In Kenya Working To Prevent Gender-Based Violence

News Deeply Women and Girls: Kenyan Men Join the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence “In the slums of Nairobi, male ‘agents of change’ are teaching men and boys how to prevent violence against women and girls in their communities. They tell News Deeply that the fight begins with challenging their own entrenched attitudes about gender…” (Wanzala,…More


Humanitarian Crises Worsen In War-Torn Yemen, Syria, U.N., Aid Agencies Warn

IRIN: U.N. calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ in Yemen as conditions in capital deteriorate “Conditions for civilians in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a are ‘deteriorating by the hour’ after six days of violence, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Monday, as the United Nations called for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in the fighting…” (Slemrod, 12/4).…More


Enforcing Policies Outlawing Child Marriage, Addressing Underlying Factors Critical To…

The Guardian: The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls Editorial Board “…Worldwide, a girl under 18 is married every two seconds … Child marriage is linked to poverty, curtailed education, domestic violence, and maternal mortality. Young brides are under pressure to have children when they still have the bodies of…More


U.S. Should Prioritize Addressing Violence Against Women, Girls In Foreign, International…

Foreign Affairs: Violence Against Women and International Security Michelle Sieff, gender, conflict, political economy consultant “…What … can be done to ensure that domestic violence against women and girls is prioritized in U.S. foreign policy and international security policy more generally? First, the Trump administration can build on its passage of the Women, Peace, and…More


U.S. Secretary Of State Declares Violence Against Rohingya Muslims As ‘Ethnic Cleansing’;…

The Hill: Tillerson declares Myanmar violence is ‘ethnic cleansing’ “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday declared the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar ‘ethnic cleansing,’ while warning the U.S. government could impose new penalties on Myanmar. In a statement, Tillerson vowed to hold those responsible for the violence to account, and warned that the…More


U.N. Leaders Call For Global Action To Stop Violence Against Women, Reach Gender Equality On…

The Guardian: Sexual violence in war zones at ‘worst ever’ as drive to protect women falters “The head of U.N. Women has condemned the inadequate response to the widespread use of rape and sexual violence in conflicts, and warned that the amount of money dedicated to fighting such war crimes is shrinking…” (Ratcliffe, 11/25). U.N.…More


CDC, State Department, USAID Recognize 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Creating Strength in Numbers to End Violence Against Women & Girls Recognizing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign that takes place annually between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10, Daniela Ligiero, executive director and…More


For First Time, U.S. Proposes Changes To Resolutions Condemning Violence Against Women,…

Devex: U.S. pushes caveats at U.N. on condemning violence against women, children “The Trump administration is pushing for language in two separate U.N. resolutions on women and children that would only condemn violence in certain ‘unlawful’ circumstances rather than a blanket statement of ‘all forms’ of violence.


U.N. Panel Voices Concern Over N. Korea’s Treatment Of Women; Parasites Found In Defector…

Reuters: North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N. “North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. … North Korea told the panel on Nov.


U.S. Secretary Of State Tillerson Meets With Myanmar Leaders, Calls For Independent…

New York Times: Rex Tillerson Tells Myanmar Leaders to Investigate Attacks on Rohingya “…In a five-hour visit in Myanmar [on Wednesday], [U.S. Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson met with Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the nation’s military commander, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and head of the country’s civilian government. He…More


Secretary Of State Tillerson Indicates U.S. Considering Sanctions For Individuals Responsible…

Associated Press: Tillerson says U.S. considers individual sanctions for Myanmar “U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by ‘credible reports’ of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to…More


Washington Post Examines Child Malnutrition In War-Torn Syria

Washington Post: In besieged Syria, one wasting death ‘just the start of a tragedy’ “…The story of how a child dies of hunger is not a simple one. In the besieged suburb of Eastern Ghouta, food supplies did not dry up overnight. Even after years of violence, families still managed to cope, spending savings on…More


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