UN: At Least 74 Die in Shipwreck off Libyan Coast

The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday that at least 74 migrants have died in a shipwreck off the Libyan coast. The IOM said the Libyan coast guard and fishermen rescued 47 people and brought them ashore. The boat was transporting more than 120 migrants, including children, when it capsized off the coast of Libya, a major transit point for primarily African migrants trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. At least eight other shipwrecks have occurred in the Central Mediterranean in the past six…

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Amnesty International: Scores Killed in Tigray 

A new report Thursday from Amnesty International said scores of civilians were killed in the Tigray region of Ethiopia earlier this week. “We have confirmed the massacre of a very large number of civilians who appear to have been day laborers, in no way involved in the ongoing military offensive,” Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International director for east and southern Africa, said in a press release. “This is a horrific tragedy whose true extent only time will tell as communication in Tigray remains shut down,” the organization said. The report said…

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Gender Transformative Approaches for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation

SECTION ONE: INTRODUCTION RATIONALE (WHY THIS NOTE?) At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), and more than four million girls are at risk annually. Recognized internationally as a violation of girls’ and women’s human rights, FGM has multiple negative consequences in the lives of girls and women, including medical, psychological, emotional and social problems, and even loss of life. Girls subjected to FGM are also at risk of early/child marriage, dropping out of school, and reduced opportunities for growth, development and sustainable incomes.…

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