Tuesday , January 26th , 2021  

Volunteerism in the Decade of Action

A former United Nations staff member, a UN volunteer in New York city, shows medical supplies that were donated to fight COVID-19. Credit: United Nations/Robert Macpherson By Simone GalimbertiKATHMANDU, Nepal, Jan 25 2021 – After the pioneer Global Technical Meeting on Volunteerism last July, a recently-held on-line follow up helped gathering new insights from experts and practitioners from...

Q&A: Why Survivors Should be at the Centre of Discussions on Genocide and Gender Violence

Remains of some of the over 800,000 victims of Rwanda’s genocide, which will soon be relocated to a new memorial site to preserve them. Jacqueline Murekatete, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide and founder and President of the Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF). highlighted the importance of centring these discussions on genocide around survivors. Credit: Edwin Musoni/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED...

Feminist Movements Continue to Battle Culture of Impunity in Egypt

Mozn Hassan By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, Jan 25 2021 – Ten years ago on this day, January 25, one of the biggest revolutions in the world took place in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, as protestors poured into the streets chanting slogans of “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice”, demanding one of the region’s longest-serving and autocratic President Hosni Mubarak to step down. Three...

Closing the Gap between Developed and Developing Countries: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Women ragpickers in Delhi scavenging through a pile of refuse for recyclable material. Credit: Dharmendra Yadav/IPS By Daud Khan and Leila Yasmine KhanAMSTERDAM/ROME, Jan 25 2021 – Developing countries as a group have been growing faster than developed countries for several decades. As a result the ratio between average incomes between the two sets of countries – albeit still very large...

Inclusive and Equitable Education in the Pacific

By Michelle BelisleNOUMEA, New Caledonia, Jan 25 2021 – In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 challenges all nations to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities...

“Their Hope for a Brighter Future Inspires Us All”

By Yasmine SherifNEW YORK, Jan 23 2021 – Looking back upon 2020, we all bear the scars of a devastating year; none so much as girls and boys around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education for over 1.6 billion children and youth globally and continues to do so. It has also deepened socio-economic inequities and heightened insecurities around the world, further impacting the lives...

Fiji’s Presidency of the Human Rights Council Brings Opportunity and Responsibility to the Pacific

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan. Credit: Fiji Department of Information By Miles Young and Ashley BoweSUVA, Fiji, Jan 22 2021 (IPS-Partners) On Friday, 15 January, Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, was elected the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council...

Protecting Mental Health of Families in a Pandemic

Credit: Unsplash /Melanie Wasser. By Ifeanyi Nsofor and Shubha NageshABUJA, Jan 22 2021 – Dealing with COVID-19-related city lockdowns has been exceptionally stressful, particularly for those parents who have had to balance work, personal life, children and elderly, providing home schooling or facilitating virtual learning, managing infection control within the home, and more, all while being...

Q&A: Why we Must Invest in Educating Children in Crisis-Hit Burkina Faso

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Director Yasmine Sherif speaks to crisis-affected children in Burkina Faso. ECW has launched a multi-year programme in the country, providing $11 million in funding, but a further $48 million is needed. Courtesy: Education Cannot Wait (ECW) By Jamila Akweley OkertchiriACCRA, Jan 22 2021 – Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the first global fund dedicated to education...

Personal Testimonies, Pledges Mark the Start of the ‘Fair Share to End Child Labour’ Campaign

Selimatha Salifu, a former child labourer from Ghana, is now a teacher working with children and encouraging them to continue their education. Salifu is one of two former child activists who addressed United Nations officials, business, faith, union, education and youth leaders from around the world at the virtual launch of the ‘Fair Share to End Child Labour’ campaign on Jan. 21. By Alison...