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We’ve cut aid to Yemen and children will starve – is this what global Britain means?

Monday’s announcement confirmed my worst fears – not even those in the most desperate crises are safe from aid cutsThree weeks ago, foreign office minister James Cleverly told me that in the face of drastic cuts to the UK’s aid budget, Yemen would remain a UK priority country and the government would use the full force of its diplomatic efforts to bring about peace.On Monday, those words rang hollow when he announced the UK was slashing humanitarian aid to Yemen by more than 50% compared with la...
Tags: UK, Society, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Aid, Global development, Yemen, James Cleverly


'It’s an arms race’: the tech teams trying to outpace paedophiles online

As platforms pivot towards greater encryption, analysts are rushing to finesse child abuse prevention technology“Predators are often early adopters of technology,” says Sarah Smith, chief technology officer at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a UK child abuse hotline. “It’s an arms race, we have to be constantly horizon-scanning.”Smith and her team, based in an unassuming office in Cambridge, are a key link in a chain of experts around the world developing and finessing technology that track...
Tags: UK, Technology, Privacy, Children, Society, UK News, World news, Child protection, Global development, Cambridge, Pornography, Smith, Sarah Smith, Internet Watch Foundation IWF


Yazidis have been forgotten during Covid. They need justice, jobs and a return home | Nadia Murad

Survivors of Islamic State brutality are pushed further into the margins as the pandemic causes the world to turn inwardStaring at the same four walls day after day, unable to find work, reunite with relatives, or send your children to school. The Covid pandemic has rendered this bleak picture a reality for many people across the globe. Yet for many who have survived or are living through conflict, these hardships are hardly novel.For the Yazidi ethnic minority in Iraq, Islamic State’s 2014 geno...
Tags: Isis, Law, Islamic State, Iraq, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Global development, IDP, Iraq Islamic State, Nadia Murad, Rape and sexual assault, Coronavirus


'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe


Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe


South Africa leads backlash against big pharma over Covid vaccine access

Pressure mounts for patent waivers to allow poorer countries to develop their own manufacturing capacity to boost availabilityThe domination of global medicine by major pharmaceutical companies needs to be confronted to provide fairer access to vaccines, a leading South African official has said.The scramble over Covid vaccines should alert rich countries to the power of profit-driven companies that control production of crucial medicines, said Mustaqeem De Gama, South Africa’s delegate at the W...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, World Trade Organization WTO, Coronavirus, Mustaqeem De Gama


The number of people in need is frightening – we need a global response | Axel van Trotsenburg

We can rise to the challenge of a green, resilient and inclusive recovery from Covid, but only if critical changes are madeThe numbers are well-publicised but bear repeating. Around 120 million more people were pushed into extreme poverty in 2020, a number that could rise to 150 million in 2021. An estimated 250 million jobs have been lost around the world, and the number of people affected by acute food insecurity was estimated to have doubled to 272 million by the end of last year. A decade of...
Tags: Health, Gender, Education, Society, World news, Poverty, Global development, Food Security, Debt relief, Coronavirus, COVID, Axel van Trotsenburg


South Africa leads backlash against big pharma over access to Covid vaccines

Pressure mounts for patent waivers to allow poorer countries to develop their own manufacturing capacity to boost availabilityThe domination of global medicine by major pharmaceutical companies needs to be confronted to provide fairer access to vaccines, a leading South African official has said.The scramble over Covid vaccines should alert rich countries to the power of profit-driven companies that control production of crucial medicines, said Mustaqeem De Gama, South Africa’s delegate at the W...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, World Trade Organization WTO, Coronavirus, Mustaqeem De Gama


Yemen risks worst famine on planet in 'decades', say UN officials

Tens of thousands more civilians could be displaced due to attacks by Houthi rebels in Marib provinceThe conflict in Yemen has taken a “sharp escalatory turn” and the country is speeding towards the worst famine the world has seen in decades, UN officials have warned, as the US under Joe Biden takes a renewed interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the war.In one of his more downbeat monthly assessments, the UN special envoy Martin Griffiths told the security council attacks by the Houthi r...
Tags: US, Famine, Society, World news, Joe Biden, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Global development, Un, Yemen, Security Council, Marib, Martin Griffiths, Marib province


Pakistan ends death penalty for prisoners with severe mental health problems

Supreme court ruling welcomed by rights activists who say it opens the way to broader prison reformsIn a landmark decision, Pakistan’s supreme court ruled this week that prisoners with serious mental health problems cannot be executed for their crimes.The verdict was hailed by rights activists, who said it laid the groundwork for broader prison reforms in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Law, Society, World news, Mental Health, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Capital punishment


Autism in India: how a pioneering jobs scheme is opening up opportunities

Company says adapting recruitment processes for neurodiverse groups disproportionately affected by unemployment has led to increased innovationTalking to people can be difficult for Rishabh Birla, but his last job demanded he did a lot of it. He has autism and finds making eye contact uncomfortable. For Birla, the rules of conversation are puzzling and he sometimes veers off course, alarming the other person.A 25-year-old postgraduate, Birla had been working at a cosmetics startup in Thane, not ...
Tags: Business, India, Society, World news, Disability, Autism, South and Central Asia, Dyslexia, Global development, Learning disability, Mumbai, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Thane, Birla, Rishabh Birla


'Fighting for life': Bangladesh shrimp farmers destitute in wake of cyclone

Natural disaster compounded by the collapse of a lucrative export during the pandemic has thrust people into povertyThis time last year the west coast of Bangladesh was a thriving place for shrimp farmers. It was a decent enough living and there was a healthy export market.Majnu Sardar, who lives in Koyra upazila (administrative region) in Khulna district, used to earn enough to feed, clothe and educate his family of six. Now they are living in a small mud hut, with a canopy of leaves as a roof,...
Tags: Society, World news, Poverty, Hunger, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Bangladesh, Food Security, Natural Disasters, Khulna, Coronavirus, Majnu Sardar, Koyra, Kapotaksha River


More deaths, worse care? Inquiry opens into NHS maternity 'systemic racism'

Childbirth rights group supports examination into disproportionate health outcomesAn urgent inquiry to investigate how alleged systemic racism in the NHS manifests itself in maternity care will be launched on Tuesday with support from the UK charity Birthrights.The inquiry will apply a human- rights lens to examine how claimed racial injustice – from explicit racism to bias – is leading to poorer health outcomes in maternity care for ethnic minority groups. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Race, Women, Society, UK News, NHS, Global development, Maternal mortality


How Covid could be the 'long overdue' shake-up needed by the aid sector

Analysis: as need outstrips funding, experts are making the case for overhauling ‘old-fashioned’ donor-recipient narrativesCoronavirus – latest updatesRead more in the series: The return of extreme povertyThis year one in every 33 people across the world will need humanitarian assistance. That is a rise of 40% from last year, according to the UN. More than half of the countries requiring aid to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic are already in protracted crises, coping with conflict or natu...
Tags: Gender, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Poverty, Hunger, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Women in politics, Inequality, African Union, Inequality and development


African nations fear more Covid deaths before vaccination begins

Campaigners call for vaccines to be prioritised to frontline health workers and people at highest risk Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCommunities across Africa are reeling as a second wave of Covid infections recedes, leaving thousands dead amid fears of further surges before mass vaccination campaigns can begin to make a difference.Few countries in Africa will start immunising even frontline health workers until much later this year, prompting accusations that massi...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Sudan, Tanzania, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


'Savage' cuts to UK aid put children's lives at risk, says Gordon Brown

Former prime minister says chancellor is paying bills for Covid ‘off the backs of the poor’The former prime minister Gordon Brown has launched a scathing attack on the unprecedented cuts to UK aid, saying they put at risk tens of thousands of children’s lives while millions more face losing an education.Writing in the Guardian, Brown said the planned cuts of 30% – £5bn – which come into force at the end of next month meant that the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was “paying the bills for Covid off the...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Aid, Global development, Gordon Brown, Brown, Rishi Sunak


Rishi Sunak is paying Covid bills off the backs of the poor. It shames our country | Gordon Brown

A savage reversal of aid is happening at the very moment people need our help most. MPs must join together to stop itNothing shames our country more than the Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, paying the bills for Covid off the backs of the poor – at home and abroad.He has recently pushed off his plan to cut £20 a week from the already low universal credit paid to 6 million of Britain’s poorest families. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Children, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Inequality, Global Health, Rishi Sunak


Malawi sex workers protest at 'targeted police brutality' after Covid-19 curfew

Petition urges government to extend closing times for bars as women go hungry and are forced to skip HIV medicationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDozens of sex workers took to the streets of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Thursday to protest against what they described as “targeted police brutality” following new Covid-19 restrictions.The protests were led by the Female Sex Workers Association (FSWA), which has about 120,000 members across the country, according to its...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Poverty, Global development, Sex trade, Malawi, Lilongwe, Coronavirus, Female Sex Workers Association FSWA, Zinenani Majawa


'Violence starts at home': the Afghan women tackling domestic abuse at its source

A new women-led initiative in Afghanistan is working to break down the barriers to help both victims and perpetratorsNabila felt her diesel-drenched clothes stick to her skin, her lungs filling with fumes, hot panic rising.It hadn’t been the first time an argument with her husband had escalated: he’d been beating her throughout their 30-year marriage, even tying her to a tree in the garden outside their small home in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, leaving her freezing in the winter cold. Continue ...
Tags: Women, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Domestic Violence, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul


'Violence starts at home': the Afghan women tackling domestic abuse at it's source

A new women-led initiative in Afghanistan is working to break down the barriers to help both victims and perpetratorsNabila felt her diesel-drenched clothes stick to her skin, her lungs filling with fumes, hot panic rising.It hadn’t been the first time an argument with her husband had escalated: he’d been beating her throughout their 30-year marriage, even tying her to a tree in the garden outside their small home in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, leaving her freezing in the winter cold. Continue ...
Tags: Women, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Domestic Violence, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul


We are seeing a global vaccine apartheid. People’s lives must come before profit | Winnie Byanyima

The poorest countries are missing out on adequate doses of vaccines – and the health implications should concern us allNine months ago world leaders were queueing up to declare any Covid-19 vaccine a global public good. Today we are witness to a vaccine apartheid that is only serving the interests of powerful and profitable pharmaceutical corporations while costing us the quickest and least harmful route out of this crisis.I am sickened by news that South Africa, a country whose HIV history shou...
Tags: Health, Africa, European Union, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Global development, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Winnie Byanyima, Coronavirus


Slavery survivors moved ‘without notice, without reason’ in London lockdown

Despite stay at home orders, vulnerable asylum seekers in Home Office accommodation say they were given as little as a day’s noticeModern slavery survivors with young children were among refugees allegedly forced to move accommodation in London with as little as one day’s notice during coronavirus lockdowns this winter.Women who are among the UK’s most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers said they were given just 24 hours to pack before being moved from accommodation provided by the Home Offi...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Global development


‘They use old cloths’: Sri Lanka to give schoolgirls free period products

In a country where women often still resort to rags as sanitary towels, campaigners are trying to break down a damaging tabooIn a village school near the beach, Koshala Dilrukshi teaches English to students from Uswetakeiyawa, a Sri Lankan fishing village. On most days, Dilrukshi says, some of the girls in her class will be missing. They go absent when they have their periods.It’s not uncommon throughout Sri Lanka. More than half of the adolescents responding to a Unicef study in 2015 did not wa...
Tags: Education, Women, Society, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Unicef, Sri Lanka, Menstruation, Koshala Dilrukshi, Uswetakeiyawa, Dilrukshi


UK diplomats told to cut up to 70% from overseas aid budget

Officials have just weeks to slash costs, prompting fears that speed of cuts could ‘cost lives’British diplomats have been instructed to find at least 50% cuts in UK overseas aid in the next six weeks in advance of the next financial year, the Labour party has said.Sarah Champion, the chair of parliament’s international development select committee, said: “Our ambassadors have today been instructed by the Foreign Office to cut 50-70% from the aid budget.” Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Labour, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Sarah, Foreign Office, Dominic Raab, Commonwealth and Development Office


UK must cancel poor countries' debt or face Covid-19 'financial tsunami'

International development committee tells government that pandemic and foreign aid cuts fuelling poverty and food insecurityBillions of dollars of debt owed by poor countries must be permanently cancelled in order to stave off a “looming financial tsunami” caused by Covid-19 and the ensuing global recession, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.Debt relief will not be enough to help the world’s most vulnerable economies as they face skyrocketing levels of hunger and unemployment, according ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, House Of Commons, Aid, Global development, Foreign, Debt relief, COVID, Commonwealth and Development Office


Covid 'imperils family planning in poorest countries', says global project

Sixty million more girls and women using modern contraceptives due to global campaign, but pandemic recession threatens servicesSixty million more women and girls in the world’s poorest countries are now using modern contraceptives, after an eight-year global effort to expand family planning services.But the FP2020 global partnership, launched in London in 2012, warned that the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial crisis imperils further progress. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, London, Society, World news, Contraception and family planning, Global development, Women's rights and gender equality


'Nowhere is safe': Colombia confronts alarming surge in femicides

Vice-president joins activists in calling for zero tolerance of ‘machismo’ that has left hundreds of women and girls deadWhen authorities pulled the lifeless body of four-year-old María Ángel Molina out of a river in rural Colombia on 13 January, the South American country mourned what was the 14th documented case of femicide this year.Her murderer, Juan Carlos Galvis, also kidnapped María’s sister, and later admitted to authorities that he committed the brutal crimes in order to punish the girl...
Tags: Gender, Americas, Society, World news, Colombia, Domestic Violence, Global development, Maria, Sexual Violence, Women's rights and gender equality, María Ángel Molina, Juan Carlos Galvis


Judge's remarks made mother 'fearful' for herself and her child, hearing told

Barrister urges landmark appeal hearing for courts in England and Wales to set aside decision that father should be allowed contact with childA family court judge has come under fire for “wholly inappropriate” comments made to a young mother during a private hearing on child contact arrangements.Judge Richard Scarratt made the mother “fearful” and put pressure on her to accept that the child have contact with her father, a barrister representing the mother has claimed. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Law, Wales, Women, Society, Domestic Violence, Global development, Family law, Richard Scarratt


The teenage taekwondo trainer fighting child marriage in Zimbabwe – photo essay

Natsiraishe Maritsa saw so many friends being forced into marriage that she started a campaign to drive out the practiceIt is 11am on a Sunday and Natsiraishe Maritsa, 17, is running through some workout drills with a group of sweating teenage girls from her neighbourhood in Epworth, a poor township nine miles (15km) south-east of the capital, Harare.On a normal Sunday, Maritsa and her friends would be attending church, but the strict 30-day lockdown imposed by the government earlier this month ...
Tags: Africa, Women, Sport, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Young People, Child marriage, Teenage pregnancy, Harare, Epworth, Natsiraishe Maritsa


G4S migrant workers 'forced to pay millions' in illegal fees for jobs

UK-based security firm faces calls to repay charges made by recruitment agents for jobs in Gulf states and conflict zonesMigrant workers working for the British security company G4S in the United Arab Emirates have collectively been forced to pay millions of pounds in illegal fees to recruitment agents to secure their jobs, the Guardian can reveal.An investigation into G4S’s recruitment practices has found that workers from south Asia and east Africa have been made to pay up to £1,775 to recruit...
Tags: Asia, Business, UK, Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Qatar, UK News, World news, G4s, Work & careers, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Migration, Nepal



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