Monthly Archives: February 2017

Online Course Helps Aid Workers Help Women and Girls

From UNFPA UNITED NATIONS, New York – An online course for humanitarians is raising new awareness about women’s needs and vulnerabilities in emergency-affected communities around the world. “It acted as an eye opener, and it made me realize that gender-based violence can happen to anybody,” said Rebecca Oketch of Fortress of Hope, a girls’ rights

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UNRWA Comic Drawing Training: Explaining Big Ideas in Few Words

From UNRWA   On 29 January, the UNRWA communications with communities team, part of the Gaza Field Communications Office, has launched its first comic drawing workshop in cooperation with a community-based organization in Gaza city. Approximately, 25 young women from all areas of Gaza are participating in the training which will last for one month

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“Empowering disadvantaged communities through innovative education” – UNESCO

Via UNESCO   Kiron Open Higher Education from Germany and Jaago Foundation from Bangladesh have won the 2016 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education for their innovative and inspiring projects. They each received USD 25,000 each and a certificate of recognition at a

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From where I stand: “I made history by becoming the youngest City Council member”

From UN Women Abla Al Hajaia on winning elections as a young woman and her work with the community. My sister, who's a lawyer and a woman rights activist, encouraged me to run for local elections. I hesitated at first; even if women are selected, they are expected to be a mere accessory. But I

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MPs from IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the ECOSOC Youth Forum

Via IPU The contribution of young people and their participation in decision-making is necessary if we are to eradicate poverty. That was one of the key points made by members of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the United Nations ECOSOC Global Youth Forum, held this year on The role of youth in poverty

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Central America Universities Address Illict Trafficking In Cultural Property

From UNESCO During the month of February 2017, the UNESCO Office in San José, Cost Rica, is organizing university lectures to raise awareness among students in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama on the need to protect cultural heritage from looting and trafficking. Under the title "Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property in Central

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France and Canada Endorse Safe Schools Declaration

From UNESCO On 21 February 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova commended the French and Canadian governments for endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools and universities from attack in times of armed conflict. This brings the number of signatories to 59 countries. France is the first permanent member

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Traditional leaders: a crucial entry point for young people’s sexual and reproductive health

From UNFPA  Traditional leaders hold incredible power to realize young people’s sexual and reproductive health rights. Yet, many traditional communities in rural Swaziland have resisted public discussion of ‘taboo’ topics such as sexual-and gender-based violence and the HIV epidemic, especially regarding young people.   UNFPA’s Safeguard Young People Programme has been engaging traditional leaders in

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”We cannot give up the fight” to end child recruitment, says UNICEF chief

Via UN NEWS   21 February 2017 – Even though over the past 10 years, more than 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups, tens of thousands of boys and girls under the age of 18 continue to be used in conflicts around the world, the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF)

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