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9 years old Syrian refugee from Deir el Zor sits sit outside his flooded tent at Dalhamiya informal settlement camp in Lebanon.  9 January 2019.
© UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Wednesday’s Daily brief: Day 3 of anti-hatred summit, UNFPA turns 50, Ben Stiller #WithRefugees, updates on Abyei and Venezuela

This Wednesday, our top stories cover: leaders gathered in Geneva to tackle hate speech; the 50th birthday of the UN sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA); Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller advocating for Syrian refugees in the USA; human rights issues in the Philippines and in Venezuela; and an update on the UN peacekeeping misson in Abyei.

UNPOL/UNISFA/Mthokozisi Makeka

Legal vacuum “an obstacle" to gender equality: Peacekeeper

An absence of laws is an “obstacle to advancing gender equality” because it doesn’t give women the support they need to report cases of gender based violence.

That was the reality confronting Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota when she got to Abyei, Sudan, to take up her post.

In response, she helped to start a new network that would allow women to speak out.

Through training workshops and campaigns, she helped to change the way communities there deal with rape, domestic violence and child marriage.