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    Hungary Forbids Gender Studies, Enraging Academics

    by  • August 14, 2018 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Take a Look • 

    In the doldrums of a European summer, when many universities are mostly closed or short-staffed, the populist Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban sent a directive to higher-education institutions on Aug. 9 forbidding the teaching of gender studies. Hungarian academicians, faculties outside the country as well as civil society organizations reacted quickly, calling...

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    Tough Times for Legislators as More Women and Youth Still Fall Short

    by  • July 17, 2018 • Governance, Take a Look • 

    Marking the first International Day of Parliamentarians on June 28, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, representing legislators in 173 countries, reported that serious challenges are emerging as antidemocratic forces playing on public apathy increase. In a survey of legislatures worldwide in 2018, “Are Parliamentary Democracies in Danger?” the global parliamentary union finds huge challenges to these...

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    As Refugees Await Their Futures, NGOs Offer New Ways to Help Them Prepare

    by  • June 22, 2018 • Migration, Refugees, Take a Look • 

    As the school year ends in many countries and children turn with joy to vacation time ahead, millions of other school-age children will have nothing to look forward to but more long days in overcrowded refugee camps. The situation gets worse as they grow into adulthood. Recent studies show that, thanks to United Nations...

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    Europe’s Contraception Gaps: They May Be Wider Than You Think

    by  • April 29, 2018 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    It is a continent where almost half of the pregnancies are unplanned, where government agencies do not provide enough information on available contraception, where geography is destiny for those needing reliable family planning advice. This is not a developing region, but 21st-century Europe, according to the recently published 2018 Contraception Atlas. The atlas, presented...

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    Data Miners See Poverty Gradations; and More Cases of Harassment at the UN

    by  • April 11, 2018 • Gender-Based Violence, Poverty, Take a Look • 

    International organizations, governments and a vast army of nongovernmental organizations justifiably welcome the sharp reductions that have been achieved in global poverty in recent decades. Data researchers show, however, that when it comes to defining who are the poorest, poverty is not a monolithic state. Two analysts from the online site Our World in...

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    Trump Team Wants to Slash Funds for Global Women’s Health by Half

    by  • February 18, 2018 • Health and Population, Humanitarian Aid, Poverty, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    There has yet to be a decision in United States Congress on what funds for global women’s health, if any, will survive in the current 2018 national budget, a decision that is nearly six months overdue. But Donald Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, a hard-line social conservative who is playing a larger...

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    A Trove of Resources for Navigating Our Angry World

    by  • February 6, 2018 • Governance, Journalists, Peace and Security, Take a Look • 

    In the dark shadows of rising populism and hypernationalistic leaders, attempts to intimidate reporters and curb the exchange of information are taking on less visibly crude but still dangerous forms. The menace, highlighted in the United States by Donald Trump’s contemptuous accusations against the press, television and social media, has global echoes. There is...

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    Zimbabwe Stuck With a Health Crisis Left by Mugabe Era

    by  • January 10, 2018 • Africa, Asia, Climate and Environment, Take a Look • 2 Comments

    Robert Mugabe, the only head of state that Zimbabwe had known since independence in 1980, was forced out of office by an unexpected coup in November 2017, and citizens of the economically battered country are now forced to tally the costs of his dictatorship. One of them is a health system in collapse. A...

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    Tackling Sexual Violence in Humanitarian NGOs

    by  • December 31, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Humanitarian Aid, Take a Look • 

    Nearly three years ago, Megan Nobert, a humanitarian worker in South Sudan, was drugged and raped by an employee of a United Nations agency, according to her account, made public six months later. That was when Nobert decided to form the advocacy group Report the Abuse to encourage others to tell their stories and...

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    Americans Want an Active Role in the World, Contrary to Trump’s Actions, a Poll Finds

    by  • November 14, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

      In the first week of November, more than 200 Americans who had been the beneficiaries of Fulbright international exchanges over many years went to the United States Congress to lobby members from across the country. They were asking their state representatives and senators not to strip the iconic, but now endangered, program of...

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    Where the Hungriest People in the World Live

    by  • October 25, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Poverty, Take a Look • 1 Comment

    The 2017 Global Hunger Index produced many sadly predictable findings but also worrying surprises. The report’s subtitle, “The Inequalities of Hunger,” suggests a reason. Naomi Hossain, the guest author of the report, looks at the power structures that can dictate every step of a food chain. “In food systems, power is exercised in a...

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    A Guide to Trump’s Global Edicts on Women’s Reproductive Health

    by  • October 16, 2017 • Development, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    The Trump administration, which announced early this year that it would curtail American-funded women’s health services around the world that may be involved in any way in abortion, has turned its attention to curbing family planning in the United States. Rules have been issued with immediate effect that American women can no longer obtain...

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    With US Funds Gone, UN Population Fund Faces Brutal Choices in Helping Women

    by  • August 27, 2017 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    It will soon be two years since the United Nations adopted a new 15-year development policy encapsulated in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This sprawling, ambitious agenda was designed partly to address the shortcomings of the Millennium Goals, the most disheartening of which for women was the failure to meet promises of improved maternal...

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    Tunisia Acts on Violence Against Women, With Help From UN Women

    by  • August 6, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Poverty, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    • Prodded by Tunisian advocacy organizations and assisted by international legal experts, the Tunisian parliament passed a law in late July not only to curb violence against women but also to introduce measures to protect them and provide help to those who have suffered abuse. It is the first such law passed by Tunisian...

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    Paris Pact Staying Alive: Christiana Figueres’s New Role and More Data on Climate Change

    by  • July 9, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    Christiana Figueres, who piloted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through years of negotiations to success in December 2015, will become chair of The Lancet Countdown’s high-level advisory board, the British medical publication announced recently. The Countdown project was established in November 2016 to monitor the effects of climate change on health and track...

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    Refugee Health: A Defining Issue of the Century

    by  • May 11, 2017 • Health and Population, Migration, Myanmar, Refugees, Take a Look, US-UN Relations • 

    In mid-2016, the United Nations refugee agency and Ugandan officials made a horrific discovery. Cholera was being introduced in a migrant settlement by refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing the extreme violence in their imploding country. In barely six weeks, beginning last July, 80,000 South Sudanese had arrived in Uganda when the outbreak...

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    Demand for Lower Peacekeeping Dues to Pit the US Against the UN

    by  • April 16, 2017 • Peace and Security, Take a Look, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The Trump administration, buoyed by a powerful anti-internationalist movement among conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, is headed for a new confrontation with the United Nations over who decides how much the US should pay for peacekeeping. With a tentative US budget deadline of April 28 fast approaching, it is almost certain that...

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    America’s Financial Support to the UN: What’s at Stake?

    by  • April 4, 2017 • Take a Look, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    With White House proposals to slash United States assessments and donations to international organizations now in play in the writing of a federal budget for 2018 — as an April 28 deadline approaches — the extent of potential losses to the United Nations is coming into sharp focus. The US, for example, has immediately...

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