Disability

News in Brief 31 August 2017 - Geneva (AM)

Cluster munition casualties almost exclusively in Syria

Casualties from cluster munitions doubled in the last year and civilians accounted for nearly all of the victims, the UN and civil society partners said on Thursday.

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“Protect the girls, respect the women,” says Sierra Leone minister

Protecting girls from forced or underage initiations like female circumcision has always been a focus of Sylvia Blyden, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Gender and Social Affairs.

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"We need more innovation": disability advocate

Technological innovation can help break down the barriers to success people with disabilities can face in the workplace, a disability activist says.

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UN expert urges greater protection of people with albinism from witch doctors

In the wake of a high-profile conviction of a mastermind who murdered and dismembered a woman with albinism, a United Nations independent expert is calling for additional oversight of traditional healers who use body parts in witchcraft rituals and so-called medicines.

"Strong link" between disability and poverty, says UN rights expert

At least 125 million people with disabilities are living in “extreme poverty” worldwide, according to a United Nations disability rights expert.

Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

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