Pandemic Worsens Challenges Faced by Girls Globally

The world marks the International Day of the Girl Child on Sunday, during a year in which a global pandemic and subsequent economic downturn has created further challenges for girls. The United Nations, which created the day in 2011 to promote girls’ rights, says difficulties already faced by girls have been exacerbated by the coronavirus health crisis, including in the areas of education, child marriage, domestic violence and economic opportunity. A U.N. website for the observance says by next year, an estimated 435 million women and girls will be living…

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Cameroon Teachers Reject Military Convoys to Schools

YAOUNDE – At least 3,000 Cameroon teachers have refused offers by the central African state’s military to transport teaching staff to schools in the conflict-prone English-speaking regions. The teachers, who fled separatists’ attacks, looting, burning and occupation of their schools in the English-speaking regions, say they are not sure of their safety as some separatist fighters are again threatening to kill teachers and students who go to school. The renewed separatist threats are casting doubts over all schools reopening after four years of closure due to separatist crisis. Primary school…

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Highlighting COVID-19 Impact on Africa, Secretary-General Urges Development Partners at High-Level Event to Increase Resources Needed for Recovery

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the “Mobilizing with Africa II” high level event at the World Bank International Monetary Fund annual meetings, today: Let me start by thanking the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and all those involved in bringing us together again to support Africa. No country has been spared from the pandemic. Low-, middle- and high income countries have all suffered directly through the colossal health impacts and indirectly from the dramatic decline in domestic activity and international trade. For African countries, in…

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Refugees find help with mental health effects of Beirut blast

With her daughter left traumatized by the 4 August explosion, Syrian mother Fahima approached UNHCR, who arranged for professional help with her mental recovery. By Warda Al-Jawahiry and Rihab Charida in Beirut, Lebanon | 11 October 2020 When the shockwave from Beirut’s port explosion ripped through her home in the nearby Jnah neighbourhood of the Lebanese capital, Fahima was thrown across the room by the force of the blast. In her mind, however, she was transported even further. “I felt I was back in Syria and the bombing was there,”…

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