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Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, invited Non-Governmental Organisations to join her for the virtual launch from Geneva of the UN Human Rights Report 2019 at the beginning of June.
Food is intrinsic for survival and is a fundamental human right. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 posits that by 2030, it is aimed that hunger and malnutrition will be eradicated. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, this goal may never materialise. While the world is focused on the arrival of a vaccine; governments anxiously wanting to open up their economies; and the ordinary person wishing for their lives to return to what it was before the emergence of the pandemic; a more pressing concern is the growing numbers of individuals, families and communities that will go hungry. I
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As the first in our series of blogs relating to the twelve critical areas of concern outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action, Janet Hall Schempf, Environmental Impact Analyst, Habitat Biologist, and SIA Member, examines the impact of environmental changes on progress towards gender equality in the world today.
SI's UN Representative in Bangkok, Theresa Devasahayam, reflects on the findings of the 3rd South-East Asia Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals held last October at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
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School closings around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic pose an unprecedented threat to the education, protection and well-being of children. What about that exactly? Can we speak of a sacrificed 2020 generation? Should we accelerate the implementation of a 3.0 Education?
In a flash our world changed and during recent days we have observed senseless acts of racism as well as blatant violence against peaceful demonstrators and attacks against the Press, which saddens and disheartens us all. As a global organisation we, Soroptimist International strongly believe in Freedom of Speech and Peaceful Assembly that are fundamental rights in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
It is almost twenty years since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the Resolution 1325. This resolution acknowledged the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls.
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Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery is global human rights violation impacting 4-6 million people annually - 71% of them women and girls, and is considered by traffickers as an easy way to make money - low risk, and a renewable resource.
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It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. The majority of girls are cut before they turn 15 years old.
Migration has become a compelling issue of our times. SI has focused on women and girl migrants because of their vulnerability in the migration process. The human rights and dignity of migrant and refugee women and girls must be protected by States and other actors with whom they come into contact, regardless of their status.