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Violence Against Women Reaches ‘Alarmingly High Levels’ Globally, U.N. Report Says

News outlets describe findings from a U.N. report on global and regional estimates of violence against women. Al Jazeera America: Sexual violence against women a ‘global epidemic,’ study finds “Violence against women and girls ‘persists at alarmingly high levels’ despite significant progress in gender equality for health, education, and legal…

Ban Appoints Advocate Stephen O’Brien As New U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief

Reuters: British lawmaker Stephen O’Brien named new U.N. aid chief “British lawmaker and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O’Brien, will replace Valerie Amos as the United Nations aid chief, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday…” (Nichols, 3/9). U.N. News Centre: Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian…

Cholera Outbreaks In Southern Africa Due To Heavy Rains, Poor Sanitation

VOA News: Poor Sanitation Spawns Southern Africa Cholera Outbreak “Cholera has again reared its ugly head in Southern Africa, infecting nearly 6,000 people in Mozambique, Malawi, and now Zimbabwe. Heavy rains have been cited as the main culprit of this outbreak, but poor sanitation continues to plague this region, and…

U.N., U.S. Leaders Urge Gender Equality On International Women’s Day

Media outlets report on issues surrounding International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Associated Press/The Guardian: Gender equality still decades away, says chief of U.N. Women “…Twenty years after 189 countries adopted a blueprint to achieve equality for women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that not a single country has reached gender…

Funding Shortage Forces WFP To Reduce Food Aid To Syrian Refugees In Turkey

Agence France-Presse: U.N. shrinks food aid to Syria refugees in Turkey as cash low “The United Nations food agency said Friday it had been forced to withdraw aid from nine Syrian refugee camps in Turkey due to a lack of funds, calling on donors to step up…” (3/6). U.N. News…

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