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In defense of those who defend human rights

Journalists, human rights defenders and students activists world-wide are in dire need of protection.

That’s the finding of the annual report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders.

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Angelique Kidjo promotes education for girls in Africa

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo gave a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.

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FGM survivor hopes practice will be stamped out in her lifetime

Music superstar Angelique Kidjo recently performed at the United Nations in a concert calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

And while Saran Dioubate is not a household name, her voice is equally loud and compelling on this issue.

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Myanmar: By-elections will serve as “critical test”

Myanmar is making progress in its transition from military rule to a democracy, according to the UN envoy in the region, Vijay Nambiar.

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Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That’s according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide.

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Changing harmful social norms that fuel violence against women

For ages masculinity has been equated with power, toughness and the suppression of one’s emotions, according to the UN Population Fund.

The notion of what it means to be a “man” may have contributed to risky behaviours, sometimes deepening gender inequities, the agency adds.

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Papua New Guinea rural women demand stronger role in economy

Tribal wars are forcing families in the highlands of Papua New Guinea out of their homes. Not only are these families being separated in the conflicts, but women and girls are being exposed to violence.

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UK assumes leadership of Security Council for March

The United Kingdom plans to shine a spotlight on several key issues during the month of March when it will hold the revolving presidency of the Security Council.

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