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UN's historic agreement to stop violence against women, girls

The United Nations agreed on a declaration to prevent and condemn violence against women and girls regardless of "any custom, tradition or religious consideration" as part of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded the members for taking "action to prevent violence and provide justice and services to survivors." While Egypt voted for the declaration, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said the UN's action would lead to the "complete disintegration of society." Google/Agence France-Presse (3/16), The Guardian (London) (3/15), (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"Speaking at the invitation of the Better World Campaign in Washington, DC, on Friday [United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey] Feltman parlayed a sense of cautious optimism about many of the world's hotspots."

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    Negotiations on a United Nations arms-trade agreement began today with about 150 countries participating. The aim is to regulate trade and sales of conventional weapons and ammunition. France 24 (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Worst of poverty may disappear in some countries
    Rwanda, Nepal and Bangladesh could see the end of severe poverty within 20 years if they keep on track with anti-poverty initiatives, according to a study from Oxford University. Ghana, Tanzania, Cambodia and Bolivia also could see poverty diminish, the study says. The Guardian (London) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Women and Girls
  • Action must accompany laws to protect women
    Putting laws into place to stop violence against women are good, but cultures and attitudes must also be changed to protect women and girls, writes Katherine Brickell. "[T]he chasm between legal reform and change for women has emerged as a key challenge" for ensuring women's safety, she writes. The Guardian (London) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Syrian rebels open new front in civil war
    Rebels in Syria have taken over a military intelligence compound near the Golan Heights with the aim of opening up another front in their war against the Syrian government, writes Khaled Yacoub Oweis. Meanwhile, Alex Whiting explains what caused the rebellion and who is backing the rebels. AlertNet (3/17), AlertNet (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Standards for mobile health vital to reaching scale
    The mHealth Alliance released a report Friday that offers guidance to policy makers, donors, developers and implementers looking to adopt standards to strengthen health systems and promote the continuum of care, particularly for communities that lack access to health services. The report gives an overview of the current state of standards and interoperability in the field, and offers key recommendations that the mobile health community can undertake in order to achieve progress on interoperability. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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