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News in Brief 18 October 2017 (PM)

UN chief heads for CAR “to strengthen international support for peace”

Against a backdrop of growing violence and communal tension, the UN chief announced on Wednesday that he’s heading to the Central African Republic “to strengthen international support for peace”.

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Saudi women’s access to workforce a “human rights issue”

Barriers to women’s full workplace participation persist in Saudi Arabia, despite UN data showing that economic growth improves with a more diverse workforce.

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UN Gender Focus: Burundi terror campaign; Webby nomination and Saudi Arabia women

Rape chants lay bare Burundi terror campaign: UN human rights chief

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UN Gender Focus: humanitarian crises, women in Bolivian prisons and gender inequality

Women and girls “far more vulnerable” in humanitarian crises

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Keeping women out of the workplace costs US$17 trillion

Keeping women out of the workplace costs the global economy around US$17 trillion, the head of a leading NGO in Canada has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Making economic policies more inclusive to women

Although women’s economic participation benefits society, they continue to face barriers in the labour market such as gender wage gaps and legal restrictions.

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UN Gender Focus: midwives in Libya, women’s economic empowerment and internet connectivity

Libyan women hampered by lack of midwives and gender-based violence

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, Darfur and African taxes

South Sudan gives go-ahead for UN force

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African countries losing out on taxes from multinationals

African countries are losing out on significant tax revenues from multinational companies despite the “huge profits” those companies are making.

That’s according to the Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s International Cooperation and Development directorate.

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UN and Africa: focus on oil prices, Burundi and South Sudan refugees in Uganda

Very significant shock” of lower oil prices in Africa

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