• Laura E. Kirkpatrick

    About Laura E. Kirkpatrick

    Laura E. Kirkpatrick is an editor, writer and researcher who has covered international, national and civic social enterprise and development, women’s issues and the media for Gannett Publications, ESPN and other media channels. Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Kirkpatrick wrote PassBlue’s most popular article in 2015, “In New York State, a City Willing to Settle Refugees the Right Way”; she also manages social media and audience development for PassBlue. She received a New Media Editorial Fellowship from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and has a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Hamilton College.

    It’s Not Great: Nikki Haley’s Record on Promoting Women’s Rights

    by  • August 10, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch • 

    Nikki Haley delivering remarks at the UN

    The latest approval ratings for President Donald Trump show him slipping to 30 percent approval among women, according to a CNN poll. Trump has one of the least gender-balanced cabinets, with only 21 percent of his appointees women. According to The New York Times, even Ronald Reagan had fewer white men in his cabinet than...

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    Nikki Haley, Seeking the Right Style to Make Big Statements

    by  • May 20, 2017 • US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    If Nikki Haley is dressing for attention, honestly, it would be hard to fault her. One of the few women named to President Trump’s administration, Haley, a former governor of South Carolina who is the ambassador to the United Nations, has been set adrift in a different region of the country, in foreign policy...

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    US Immigration Ban Stirs Controversy at the Annual UN Women’s Forum

    by  • March 13, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Terrorism, UN Agencies, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    Despite fears that efforts by President Trump to bar visitors to the United States from a number of Muslim majority would limit attendance at this year’s annual United Nations conference on women in New York, UN officials have kept saying there will be record participation. On the first day, however, people were more worried...

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    On a Light Note: 10 Tips for Nikki Haley, New US Ambassador to UN

    by  • February 9, 2017 • Journalists, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    A recent email sent out by a member of the United States Mission to the United Nations, then tweeted and possibly subtweeted, contained the following statement: This is to let you know that Ambassador Haley will be spending her first few months learning about the UN and Security Council and its members. She will...

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    Hate Crimes Rocket Across the US, and UN Condemnation Comes Quickly

    by  • November 22, 2016 • Human Rights, LGBT, US-UN Relations • 

    Hate crimes have risen dramatically in the United States since the election of Donald Trump as president on Nov. 8. The United Nations has quickly taken note, criticizing its strongest financial and moral supporter, America. “Recent reports of hate crimes in the United States are of great concern,” began a statement from the office...

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    You’ve Got to Be Kidding: A Twitter Account Takes Jabs at the UN Security Council

    by  • November 15, 2016 • Security Council, US-UN Relations • 

    Right off the bat, the profile avatar of the @eweNitedNations Twitter account lets readers know what to expect in its mordantly satirical jabs at the United Nations Security Council. A sheep, photoshopped into wearing the blue beret of UN peacekeepers, comes with a tagline that reads, “Member states are gregarious.” But what is eweNitedNations...

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    Yikes! Has the UN Really Named Wonder Woman an Honorary Ambassador?

    by  • October 16, 2016 • Women • 

    The United Nations has appointed two public figures to large roles in the organization. The most recent high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, was tapped this month to be the next secretary-general, ending an eight-month campaign that included — and rejected — seven capable female candidates. The UN also named Wonder Woman as an...

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    Guterres Leads Latest Poll for UN Secretary-General Again, but It May Not Matter

    by  • September 9, 2016 • Secretary-General, Security Council, US-UN Relations, Women • 

    The latest Security Council straw poll pointing to the selection of the next secretary-general of the United Nations happened on Sept. 9, with the results leaving António Guterres of Portugal still the front-runner ever since the informal, anonymous balloting began in the Security Council in July. The latest poll is the fourth such vote;...

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    Getting to Know the UN Secretary-General Candidates Better: A Wrap-Up of Two New York Forums

    by  • July 14, 2016 • Secretary-General • 

    When it comes to the United Nations, the word “debate” takes on a civilized bearing, with no relation to heated contests among many sides. Over two nights this week at different settings in New York, UN secretary-general candidates campaigning to fill the shoes of Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 debated publicly. One event, held...

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    A Woman, a Bombast and a Socialist: The UN and US Elections

    by  • June 20, 2016 • Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The major contenders for one of the highest public offices in the world include the first possible female candidate for the position; a slightly aggressive (and that’s what his friends say about him) surprise candidate; and a socialist who’s not really supposed to be there but has garnered enough support to possibly be a...

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    Justin Trudeau, Self-Described Feminist, Wows the UN Crowd

    by  • March 17, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    “Because it’s 2015,” Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada and self-proclaimed feminist, said simply, using the vernacular of his generation to reinforce his position on gender equality as he spoke at the United Nations recently during an “armchair conversation.” Trudeau, who is 44, was addressing a large audience at an event presented as...

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    In UN Refugee Camps, Sports Soothe Trauma for Children

    by  • January 27, 2016 • Education, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Refugees • 1 Comment

    Somali Refugees in Kenya

    “Sport is the only area of human existence that has achieved universal law,” said Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee when he announced that elite athletes who were refugees could compete in the 2016 Olympics under that flag. “Regardless of where in the world we practice sport, the rules are the...

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    In New York State, a City Willing to Settle Refugees the Right Way

    by  • October 20, 2015 • Migration, Refugees, Women • 16 Comments

    BUFFALO — Inside this city’s West Side Bazaar, a business development incubator set up to assist refugees and immigrants here, colors dazzle and appetizing aromas waft around every corner. The bazaar is a packed mashup of a Middle Eastern souk with an outdoor market of Southern Asia. Vendors and aspiring restaurateurs from some of...

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    Ban Ki-moon Shuffles Up to Buffalo, but Why?

    by  • August 21, 2015 • Refugees, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 

    BUFFALO — Last Friday, Aug. 14, the United Nations secretary-general took a “summer Friday” and spent the afternoon in Buffalo. Robert G. Wilmer, chief executive officer of M&T Bank, the nation’s 17th-largest, had invited the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, to the city. The two met while Wilmer was traveling in South Korea, where Ban is from....

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    Minding Your Pronunciations and Protocols at That ‘Women’s Conference’ [Video]

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Women • 

    Are you wondering what happened at that “women’s conference at the United Nations,” as one (male) writer at The New York Times called it? Here is a recap of things to think about from the annual Commission on the Status of Women, held March 9-20, assessing how women’s rights and related gender issues are...

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    In Eastern Ukraine, Questions Abound Regarding Violence Against Women

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Women • 1 Comment

    A recent cease-fire seems to be holding in eastern Ukraine, promising relative relief in the region from the incessant, percussive beat of heavy artillery from Howitzers, tanks and rocket launchers with a backbeat provided by Kalashnikov AK-74s. Fighting in Ukraine’s civil war has kept people in the embattled zones on a razor’s edge since...

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