Every year, on March 8, the United Nations and its member states -- which collectively comprise the vast majority of the world’s population -- observe International Women’s Day.
There was a time when images from war zones featured only battlefields and barracks. As warfare moved into the 20th
century, pictures of embattled urban centres and rural guerilla outposts began to make the rounds.
A nurse helps an old man up from his chair. Holding onto her arms, he steps blindly forward, trusting her to lead him to his spot at the lunch table.
A woman lies on the earthen floor of a modest hut, bracing for the next contraction. Another swaddles a newborn baby in strips of cloth torn from a sheet. A continent away, a young mother cuts her own umbilical cord.
They number close to five million; some drift through the debris of their former homes, now reduced to smoldering rubble. Others limp over the border into neighbouring countries, dragging their feet and what few possessions could be salvaged from the fighting.
The world’s leading media watchdogs – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – Wednesday released their annual press freedom reports, analyzing the overall global climate for information providers.
With some 40 billion dollars lost every year to corruption in the developing world alone, the United Nations has repeatedly called on member states to practice transparency and good governance.
Seated at a table in the dimly lit café in Philadelphia’s public library, Carolyn Hill looks no different from her fellow diners. A few minutes of conversation, though, are enough to reveal the extent of her distress.
It is nearly impossible in this day and age to turn on the news without hearing about systemic racial discrimination in the United States.
Following on the heels of a deadly explosion in the town of Boali, about 100 kilometres northwest of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, which left 12 dead and 30 severely wounded, the United Nations Security Council Thursday approved an African-led peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country.
They number some 21 million, spanning the globe from Asia to Africa to Latin America. The conditions under which they toil mark them out as the wretched of the earth. They receive no protection from their governments and even the international community has failed them by allowing the practice to continue unchecked.
This year, thousands of people around the globe are marking World Food Day in a spirit of somber reflection. With 860 million people going hungry every year, the question of how to feed the planet’s population has never been more pressing.
On any given, one in every eight people on this planet wakes to the sharp pangs of hunger and no hope of a meal. In total, 860 million people go hungry every year.
Their stories are often lost beneath the pile of headlines on war, politics or economic collapse, but a few determined crusaders are refusing to let the issue of women’s rights get pushed under the rug.
A cholera epidemic that has so far killed at least 8,300 people in Haiti, and is suspected to have infected about 650,000 others since its outbreak in 2010, is now the subject of a lawsuit against the United Nations.