News in Brief 19 January 2023
- UNESCO to honour Afghan girls and women on International Day of Education
- Northern Ireland: UK ‘immunity’ legislation could hamper victims’ rights
- Top rights experts to advise on Zambia lead poisoning court case
Addressing parliament elected officials from around the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday for an annual hearing, UN chief António Guterres called for their support on legislation and financing of global solutions to global problems, such as climate change, uncoordinated migration and the dangers of some new technologies.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the “pivotal role” played by parliaments and their importance to “advance the aspirations” of the citizens they represent.
It’s important for Ukrainian women to be an empowered voice in politics and represent vulnerable groups such as those displaced by conflict in the east.
That’s according to Hanna Hopko, a leading member of the Ukrainian parliament who was at UN Headquarters last week to attend meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Women should be able to “leapfrog” into evolving world of work
A new report endorsed by the UN that examines child indoctrination by the ISIL terrorist group represents the “crisis of an entire generation”.
That’s according to the senior researcher launching the report in the UK parliament on Wednesday, called Children and the Islamic State.
The UN cultural organization, UNESCO, contributed to the report, from counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation.
Rwanda leads the world when it comes to the number of women serving in parliament.
More than half the elected officials there are women.
Gender equality is also helping to reduce poverty in remote areas of the East African country, according to the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Joanne Levitan reports on a training programme that is changing lives on family farms in rural Rwanda.
The Arab world has elected its first-ever woman Speaker of Parliament.
Dr Amal Al Qubaisi has been elected as Speaker of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliament, making her the first-ever woman Speaker of an Arab national parliament.
She has been a parliamentarian in the UAE since 2006, where she has been particularly active on youth and gender issues.
Veronica Reeves spoke with Zeina Hilal from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). She started by asking her what percentage of parliamentarians worldwide are women.