“Thirty years after the first treaty on women’s rights was adopted by the United Nations, millions of cases involving beatings, marital rapes, honor killings and genital mutilation lead to deaths, medical injuries, failed pregnancies, abortions and psychological damage,” according to a GlobalPost article that reports on the rising number of individuals, communities and governments worldwide who are committing to end violence against women.
Health In Emergency Situations/Humanitarian Assistance
The U.S. Southern Command on Tuesday said it was ending major military relief operations in Haiti aimed at aiding the nation after the January earthquake, Reuters reports. “Spearheaded by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, thousands of American troops were deployed in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. … The Pentagon has been drawing down the number of soldiers in the impoverished Caribbean country steadily in recent months,” the news service writes.
The U.S. State Department on Monday released its 2010 report on human trafficking, which “grades 175 nations on their efforts to fight this modern form of slavery,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Ten Kate/Gaouette, 6/15).
“Aid started flowing into Haiti Wednesday in the wake of the earthquake that slammed the impoverished nation late Tuesday afternoon,” CNN reports. “One of two [U.S] military cargo planes carrying a 30-man assessment team arrived at Port-au-Prince airport Wednesday evening to assess Haiti’s needs.” The article outlines aid groups’ strategy for coordinating efforts and also lists countries’ contributions to relief efforts (1/14).
Even before the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship, Comfort, anchored off the coast of Haiti on Wednesday, patients who were injured in last week’s earthquake were airlifted onto the ship to receive care, the Miami Herald reports (Clark, 1/21).
Clinton Rebuffs Criticism Of U.S. Aid To Haiti, Pledges Redoubling Of Efforts To Help Quake Survivors
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she resents criticism of the U.S. effort to help stricken Haiti and pledged to redouble efforts to help survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake,” the Associated Press/CBSNews.com reports. “I deeply resent those who attack our country, the generosity of our people and the leadership of our president in trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake,” she said.
Also In Global Health News: Museveni On Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Zambia, India On Collaboration; Media Examines Water Issues; Southern Sudan Conflict
Pres. Museveni Comments On Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation The Associated Press reports that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said that the anti-gay bill to be considered late next month or early March by the country’s parliament “is too harsh and [he] has encouraged his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to overturn…
“A strong earthquake struck Haiti on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets only eight days after the country’s capital was devastated by a previous quake,” the Canadian Press reports. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 6.1 magnitude quake was approximately 35 miles northwest of the capital of Port-au-Prince. “It was not immediately possible to ascertain what additional damage the new quake may have caused,” the news service writes (Faul, 1/20).
“Hundreds of thousands of women in conflict zones around the world have been or are now becoming victims of rape and sexual torture,” reflects Michel Martin, host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” as she interviewed Margot Wallstrom, U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict, in a show examining the U.N.’s “ramped up” campaign to end systemic sexual violence in war.
“As fighting continues in Syria’s civil war, the United Nations has said that it will be forced to cut already reduced food rations to hundreds of thousands of refugees unless a huge cash injection is found,” Al Jazeera reports. “About four million Syrians rely on international assistance to cope with…