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'Conflicting trends' see journalists under fire as global struggle for media freedom continues

Just because laws are passed protecting media freedom across the world, it doesn’t mean that governments will respect them, or allow citizens to use them.

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News in Brief 20 March 2018

  • UNICEF and UNHCR raise alarm as Syrian humanitarian crisis intensifies
  • OHCHR reports “extensive” rights violations during Turkey state of emergency
  • 16 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: IOM
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From pariah, to pride and joy: how one girl narrowly escaped FGM

Rescued from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by her mother just hours before the ceremony, Purity Oyie was forced to flee and become a pariah.

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Pakistan played “critical role” in the success of UN Liberia Mission

Pakistani troops, police and other peacekeeping personnel have made a “major contribution” to the success of the UN’s long-running Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which will close at the end of March after successfully completing its mandate.

That’s according to Waldemar Vrey, a South African national who serves as deputy head of UNMIL, with responsibility for handling political and rule-of-law issues. He told Doug Coffman that Pakistanis had played a “significant role” throughout.

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UNICEF tent classrooms a safe space for children affected by cyclone in Tonga

Thousands of children in Tonga are back at school one month after Cyclone Gita slammed into the Pacific Island nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

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News in Brief 19 March 2018

  • DRC humanitarian needs double, UN relief chief tells Security Council
  • Excessive use of force against DRC protestors “unlawful”: UN report
  • Violence forces 10,000 to flee Ethiopia for Kenyan border town: UNHCR
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SDGs offer a real opportunity to improve womens’ land rights

“Empowering women empowers the whole home.”

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UN Gender Focus: The economics of gender balance

As women fight for gender parity in and out of the workforce a new study shows that in most of Europe, women are slowly catching up to men.

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Pushing for a “feminist transformation of power” in Sri Lanka

The situation for women in Sri Lanka is not optimal. However, grassroots organizations, such as the Women and Media Collective, are working hard to remedy that – challenging patriarchal norms and advocating for policy change.

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News in Brief 16 March 2018

  • OHCHRUNICEF: Fighting and food & water shortages leave thousands of Syrians at risk
  • Refugee figures approach total expected for the year: UNHCR
  • Meat product responsible for listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: WHO
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