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JiG Webinar: New Report on Combating Violence against Women Journalists by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women

JiG Webinar: New Report on Combating Violence against Women Journalists by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women July 29th, 2020 | 9 AM to 10 AM EST Join CWGL on Wednesday as our Executive Director, Krishanti Dharmaraj moderates the webinar when UN Special Rapporteur Dubravka Šimonović presents her report, ‘Combating violence against women … Read More

South Africa’s Sexual Minorities Seek Recognition as Victims of Gender-Based Violence

By – Anita Powell | VOA News   JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s epidemic of gender-based violence is especially harrowing for the nation’s sexual minorities, who say they regularly experience violence because of their gender expression and sexual identities. It’s a little-known part of what President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday described as a “second pandemic” of … Read More

‘What’s Next?’ webinar covers Covid-19’s socio-economic consequences

By – Angela Riccitello   [JIG Covid-19 Series]: The socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities across the globe was the topic of a webinar as part of the Nairobi Commitments/ICPD25: ‘What’s Next?’ Global Conversation series by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities [UNFPA]. This second discussion was titled “Money in Our Pockets: … Read More

Coronavirus puts millions more at risk of child marriage and FGM – UN

From breast ironing to virginity testing, flagship UNFPA report highlights ‘silent crisis’ of harmful practices By – Emma Batha | Thomas Reuters Foundation  The coronavirus pandemic is reversing progress on ending child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), jeopardising the futures of millions of girls, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday. “The pandemic both … Read More

Fact-checkers stand by Maria Ressa, Santos Jr. and Rappler in the wake of Filipino court’s verdict

By – Harrison Mantas and Cristina Tardáguila for Poynter. Fact-checkers responded with a mix of rage and resolve to the guilty verdict given to Maria Ressa, Rappler’s CEO and executive director, and former researcher-writer Rey Santos Jr., in a cyber libel case that threatens press freedom in Asia. Since 2017, Rappler has been a verified signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network Code … Read More

Women face the brunt of all public health crises, but Covid-19 makes action plans more urgent

By – Angela Riccitello [JIG Covid-19 Series] – In 2014, 75 percent of the Ebola outbreak’s fatalities in West Africa were women, wrote UN Women.  Due to women’s care-giving professions, they have historically endured the brunt of public health pandemics, highlighting the need to address systemic gender inequality. However, with lockdowns happening across the globe, … Read More

Papua New Guinea sports star beaten, husband arrested

Posted By –, June 9, 2020 Papua New Guinea reported the arrest Tuesday of an army officer over the alleged assault of his partner — a champion boxer and rugby international — in a case that has renewed outrage over the country’s high level of spousal abuse. Video of Debbie Kaore being headbutted and … Read More