November 2014

Exploring the Roots of Patriarchy

NEW DELHI — Nearly two decades after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, voices calling for inclusion of men and boys in the fight for gender equality and an end to violence against women have grown louder. In India, rigid patriarchal norms, which tip the gender balance firmly in favor of men, …

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To Stop Maternal Deaths, Nations Must Provide Women Quality Health Care

The Human Rights Council passed its fifth resolution on preventable maternal deaths and pregnancy complications recently, reaffirming the steadfast commitment of the United Nations toward eliminating preventable maternal deaths. Led by Burkina Faso, Colombia and New Zealand, the resolution was passed unanimously by the council in Geneva. The resolution urges countries to adopt human rights …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

The UN Exerts More Pressure on North Korea and Its Rights Record

The United Nations General Assembly’s human-rights committee denied Cuba’s attempt to stop efforts to send the North Korean leadership to trial in the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. The abuses include starvation, forced labor, executions, torture, rape and infanticide — committed mostly in the country’s political prison camps. Instead, the committee voted on …

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Sage Advice on Job-Seeking at the UN

Two United Nations officials with long careers at the world body and based in New York recently offered tips on how to get a job at the UN. Speaking at a  careers forum held at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in October, …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

UN Peacekeeping Upgrades Its Reactions to Conflicts and Adds Surveillance Tools

By the time United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a panel in October to review peacekeeping comprehensively for the first time in more than 14 years, innovations in technology and intelligence-gathering to make UN missions more effective had already been introduced by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The strategic and tactical changes, some still …

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Liat Shetret

The Lure of Violent Extremism for Women: A Terrorism Specialist Explains

Liat Shetret is the director of the New York office for the Global Center on Cooperative Security, a nonprofit group that helps governments and other organizations develop responses to international security issues. Shetret’s work — currently in Africa — focuses on community engagement in terrorism prevention, countering violent extremism, the use of Internet for terrorism …

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Time Runs Short for the US to Ratify the Test Ban Treaty

When the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty was adopted and opened for government signatures at the United Nations in 1996, the United States was among the first of more than 180 countries to sign the agreement to end nuclear test explosions and prevent nations with nuclear weapons ambitions from pursuing those goals. The US unilaterally declared …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

Child Brides as Slave Labor: The UN Is Conflicted

During the six years that Gulnara Shahinian served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, she said on numerous occasions, as well as in a 2012 report to the General Assembly, that girls forced to marry against their will end up being condemned to a life of servility and abuse. …

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