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Trudeau makes global vaccine pledge but how committed is Canada?

Promise to donate 100m doses highlights questions about Canada’s seriousness in helping poorer countries vaccinateCanada has secured enough potential coronavirus vaccines to fully protect every resident nearly seven times over, even as a global shortage has forced poorer nations to wait.After initial hiccups with its vaccination plan, more than 65% of Canadians have now received at least one dose, edging ahead of early leaders Israel and the UK, and on Friday, Justin Trudeau said 68m doses will ...
Tags: Health, UK, Israel, Americas, Society, World news, Canada, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Coronavirus


‘Don’t betray women of Tigray’: calls grow for international action against rape in war

Politicians among signatories of two open letters urging investigation into reports of sexual violence in Ethiopian conflictThe former prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark, and Zimbabwean author and 2020 Booker prize nominee Tsitsi Dangarembga are among the signatories of two separate letters demanding international action after shocking reports of sexual violence in Tigray.In one, more than 50 women of African descent call for an immediate ceasefire and express horror at reports that Afri...
Tags: Africa, Women, World news, Global development, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Tigray, Helen Clark, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, Conflict and arms, Tsitsi Dangarembga


David Miliband charity pushes ‘white supremacy culture’, workers allege

International Rescue Committee hires law firm to review internal policies as leadership accused of ‘belittling and gaslighting’ staffThe International Rescue Committee reinforces “white supremacy culture”, staff have alleged, with the aid organization subsequently hiring a law firm to review its policies relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Guardian can reveal.Headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the IRC is a major NGO with 20,000 staff and volunteers and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, New York, Africa, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, David Miliband, Aid, Global development, International Rescue Committee, NGO, IRC


‘They beat him’: fear and anger at latest police killing in Tunis

Protests erupt again in Tunisian capital after man ‘beaten to death’ amid claims of police impunityAlmost everyone in the streets around Ahmed Ben Ammar’s house in the Tunis district of Sidi Hassine claims to have known him or his family. Nearly everyone also has a slightly different account of his death in police custody on Tuesday. Details vary but all agree that the 32-year-old was beaten to death by police this week.Sidi Hassine is to the west of Tunisia’s capital, on the far side of the Seb...
Tags: Human Rights, Protest, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Governance, Tunisia, Tunis, Ben Ammar, Sidi Hassine, Ahmed Ben Ammar, Borj Chakir


‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in pictures

Witness Change, a project for the Open Society Foundation, photographed 1,000 people who left their homes for a new life, and found a common thread of humanity in the dreams that sustain them‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, World news, Refugees, Global development, Migration And Development, Open Society Foundation


‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees

In One Thousand Dreams, award-winning photographer Robin Hammond hands the camera to refugees. Often reduced by the media’s toxic or well-meaning narratives, the portraits and interviews capture a different and more complex tale‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in picturesRobin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories. From photographing the Rohingya forced out of Myanmar and rape survivors in the Democratic Republi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Photography, Gender, Sweden, Media, Greece, China, Iraq, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Turkey, Iran, Mental Health


A silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against Covid

Strained and underfunded health systems, economics and misinformation have all led to a surge in deathsThe cold, tired and desperate relatives camped outside the Barrio Obrero general hospital in Asunción don’t need charts or datasets to confirm what they can see with their own eyes.As Paraguay records the world’s highest daily proportion of Covid deaths, the huddled families wait for news of their loved ones – and for the sudden requests for medicine and supplies that the country’s chronically ...
Tags: Americas, World news, Paraguay, Global development, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, South America, Asuncion, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus, COVID, Barrio Obrero


Budapest Pride goes ahead in solidarity against Hungary’s anti-LBGTQ+ laws

As oppressive legislation passed by Viktor Orbán’s government, activists plan procession to ‘show LGBT people they are not alone’For the second year in a row, Covid has succeeded in doing what many had once thought impossible: toning down Pride celebrations. From Berlin to Brighton, Toronto to San Francisco, parades have been cancelled or put online, floats forgotten and parties swapped for quieter, often more reflective events.But in Budapest, where LGBTQ+ activists are engaged in a near-existe...
Tags: Europe, Berlin, San Francisco, Society, World news, Transgender, Budapest, Hungary, LGBT rights, Global development, Pride, Viktor Orban, Budapest Pride, Brighton Toronto


‘Disability is possibility’: a mission to bust myths in India – photo essay

The photographer Vicky Roy has been travelling around the country documenting people with disabilities. The project, Everyone is Good at Something, hopes to tell their stories and challenge the stigma they facePhotographs by Vicky RoyWhen he isn’t working on the farm or making things out of jute, Gobinda Majumdar likes to walk to a tea stall near his home in Assam to buy sweets for his nieces. All this he explains with tactile signing, the only means of communication for the 37-year-old, who can...
Tags: India, Society, World news, Disability, South and Central Asia, Global development, Assam, Majumdar, Vicky Roy, Vicky RoyWhen, Gobinda Majumdar, Kamrup


‘Where should we go?’: thousands left homeless as Karachi clears waterways

As Pakistan’s supreme court backs bulldozing of homes blamed for floods, critics say government has no proper plans for residentsMaqsooda Bibi, 62, did not know the house she had lived in all her life would be demolished, forcing her whole family to become homeless. But on Monday, Pakistan’s supreme court backed the Sindh government in bulldozing her home and hundreds of others, legalising the eviction of thousands who live along narrow waterways – nullahs – that crisscross Karachi. The verdict ...
Tags: Protest, Supreme Court, Housing, Environment, World news, Poverty, Homelessness, South and Central Asia, Social exclusion, Pakistan, Global development, Flooding, Land Rights, KARACHI


‘It’s not easy’: seven working parents around the world – photo essay

Photographers Linda Bournane Engelberth and Valentina Sinis document the lives of working parents from Botswana to the UK for UnicefIf investing in family-friendly policies is good for business, then many companies are missing a trick. Giving parents and families adequate time, resources and services to care for children, while staying in their jobs and improving their skills and productivity, pays off according to employers. But for many, in all parts of the world, paid parental leave and child...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, Africa, Pregnancy, Americas, Employment, Society, World news, Childcare, Work & careers, Asia Pacific, Charities, Voluntary sector, Work-life balance, Employee Benefits


High in the Himalayas, villagers hit by Covid are left to fend for themselves

In India’s remote peaks, the pandemic’s toll is worsened by lack of medical facilities, roads and informationPhalguni Devi has spent a fortnight living in a cattle shed. Looking out on a rainy afternoon in early June, she worries that if the rain does not let up, her fever-like symptoms will worsen.Devi, 51, shares the shed with a cow and two cats, and this has taken its toll. Herbal concoctions have not worked and the visit to a pharmacist in the nearest town, in the Nijmola valley in the Himal...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Himalayas, Devi, Global Health, Coronavirus, COVID, Nijmola


South Korea says consensual sex act between male soldiers ‘bordered on rape’

Activists decry discrimination as court finds men guilty of indecency and hands down a six-month suspended sentenceA South Korean military court has been accused of discriminating against sexual minorities after it found two male soldiers guilty of indecency for engaging in consensual oral sex.The ruling, which took place in March but emerged last week, found the soldiers’ actions “bordered on rape” and handed them a six-month suspended prison sentence by applying the controversial article 92-6 ...
Tags: South Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Global development


Nicaragua rounds up president’s critics in sweeping pre-election crackdown

Arrests of opposition figures, including revered former guerrillas, represent ‘last gamble of a dictator’s family’Nicaragua’s Sandinista rulers have launched an unprecedented crackdown on the country’s opposition, arresting a string of prominent critics of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice-President Rosario Murillo, in an apparent attempt to crush any serious challenge in November’s elections.Six opposition figures were arrested at the weekend, including revered former guerrillas who fo...
Tags: Americas, World news, Global development, Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, Ortega, Daniel Ortega, Anastasio Somoza


Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike


Blood brother: the Kashmiri man who is India’s biggest donor

The ‘blood man’ of conflict-racked Kashmir has donated 174 pints of blood since 1980 but feels ‘crushed’ by his poverty Shabir Hussain Khan was taking an afternoon nap when he heard a commotion outside his house. A friend had been injured in a football match and had lost a lot of blood. Khan, who did not have any transport, rushed to the hospital by foot to donate some. It was 4 July 1980. Yesterday the man known locally as the “blood man of Kashmir” donated his 174th pint of his blood to strang...
Tags: Health, India, Society, World news, Hospitals, South and Central Asia, Global development, Khan, Kashmir, Srinagar, Kashmiri, Global Health, Shabir Hussain Khan


Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of Covid hits Uganda

Vaccine thefts reported and hospitals unable to admit patients as cases leap 2,800% in a month Uganda has all but run out of Covid-19 vaccines and oxygen as the country grapples with another wave of the pandemic.Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no l...
Tags: Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Kampala, Masaka, Global Health, Coronavirus


Giulio Regeni’s last messages before his death in Egypt counter spy claims

Facebook messages from the Italian student killed in Cairo in 2016 show his concerns about studying in the countryThe Facebook messages written by the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in the weeks leading up to his murder give the lie to any notion he was a spy or political agitator.Even before he left England, Regeni was concerned about the risks he might face doing his thesis on trade unions in Egypt, a sensitive subject in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Law, Unions, Africa, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Global development, Cambridge, Torture, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Mohamed Morsi, Cairo


Home Office condemned for forcing migrants on bail to wear GPS tags

Round-the-clock tracking condemned as ‘Trojan horse’ giving government vast surveillance powers that violate human rightsMore than 40 human rights organisations have condemned the Home Office’s introduction of 24-hour GPS monitoring of people on immigration bail in an expansion of surveillance powers that has involved no consultation process or parliamentary debate.The new policy marks a shift from using radio frequency monitors (which alert authorities if the wearer leaves an assigned area) to ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Surveillance, UK criminal justice, Home Office, Global development, Prisons and probation, Civil liberties - international, Priti Patel


UK aid cuts to Bangladesh NGO a ‘gut punch’, says charity head

Withdrawal from long-term partnership catastrophic, says Brac, affecting women and girls’ education and those in extreme povertyThe UK government’s funding cuts to the world’s largest international non-governmental organisation are a “gut punch” after a successful 10-year £450m partnership, according to a director.Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac Bangladesh, said the cuts will leave hundreds of thousands of girls without an education, millions of women and girls without access to family pl...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Charities, Aid, Global development, Bangladesh, Inequality, Foreign, Brac, Asif Saleh, Women's rights and gender equality


‘I’m sacrificing myself’: agony of Kabul’s secret sex workers

Decades of war and grinding poverty have forced more Afghans into risky double lives to surviveWhen Zainab met her first client almost two years ago, she was drunk, drugged-up, and had passed out by the time he started raping her. She had never touched alcohol before, but was told she’d be better off unconscious. Terrified, she reluctantly agreed.The man was gone when the then 18-year-old woke up; her body in pain, her thoughts filled with regret. Continue reading...
Tags: Prostitution, Society, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Sex trade, Zainab


G7 live: Boris Johnson plays down seriousness of rift with EU on Brexit

Latest updates: PM says most conversations with other leaders harmonious and on other topics, as row with France over Brexit overshadows final day of G7 2.25pm BST Q: Do you think coronavirus came from a Chinese laboratory?Johnson says he does not think that, but he thinks it is sensible to keep an open mind. 2.22pm BST Q: [From the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg] Were you offended by what President Macron said about Northern Ireland?Johnson says it is the job of the PM to defend the integrity o...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, France, Environment, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Bbc, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Aid, Global development


G7 live: Raab suggests it was ‘offensive’ for Macron to imply Northern Ireland not full part of UK

Latest updates: UK foreign secretary critical of French president over Brexit as final day of G7 sees attention turn to climate crisis 11.21am BST At a briefing this morning Downing Street rejected suggestions that the party for G7 leaders on the beach at Carbis Bay last night breached Covid social distancing rules. The prime minister’s spokesman said:The event last night was done in an entirely Covid-secure way within the existing rules ...This was an informal gathering of the G7 leaders an...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, World news, Joe Biden, Foreign Policy, Northern Ireland, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Downing Street, Brexit


Obstacles mount in Central America as Biden seeks cooperation over corruption

The post-Trump landscape, geopolitical concerns and an economic paradox pose threat to White House hopesStanding behind a podium next to the president of Guatemala during her first trip abroad this week, Vice-President Kamala Harris emphasized the renewed commitment of the United States to fighting corruption as part of efforts to confront the root causes driving migration from Central America.But for many, the man standing beside her, Alejandro Giammattei, embodies the challenge in a region whe...
Tags: White House, Americas, US foreign policy, US news, United States, Global development, Biden, Guatemala, Central America, Kamala Harris, Biden Administration, Alejandro Giammattei


Johnson accused of hypocrisy over G7 girls’ education pledge

Announcement of £430m funding for 90 countries came only weeks after ‘inexcusable’ foreign aid cuts • G7 summit: latest news and reactionBoris Johnson was accused of hypocrisy after announcing at the G7 leaders summit he would provide £430m of extra UK funding for girls’ education in 90 developing countries only weeks after his government made “inexcusable cuts” of more than £200m set aside for the same cause from its bilateral programme this year.The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, announced i...
Tags: Gender, Politics, UK, Education, World news, Foreign Policy, Education policy, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Johnson, The gender gap, G7, Dominic Raab


Government pledges to raise legal age of marriage to 18 in England and Wales

Commitment from justice ministry seen as victory by rights campaigners, who say current law is exploited to coerce childrenThe government has committed to raising the minimum legal age of marriage to 18 in England and Wales in a victory for campaigners.Currently, 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with parental consent, but a coalition of charities has warned that this legal loophole is being exploited to coerce young people into child marriage. Continue reading...
Tags: England, Human Rights, Wales, Society, UK News, Global development, Child marriage


Student’s rape and murder puts India’s sexual violence under spotlight again

Despite new laws to combat the problem, a rape is reported every 15 minutes, leaving victims and families crying out for justiceIt was a historic day for women in India. Mamata Banerjee and her party won a spectacular election victory in West Bengal, defeating the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, defying many predictions. Securing a third term as chief minister, she was the only woman in such an important position in India.The following day, 3 ...
Tags: Law, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Modi, West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, Jana, Bharatiya Janata, BANERJEE, Sexual Violence, Kolkata West Bengal


‘We can’t go back home’: the forgotten victims of Nigeria’s conflict – in pictures

Camped in a half-built royal palace in Anka, in the north-western Zamfara state, displaced families – mostly women and children – just want to escape the upheavals making their lives impossiblePhotographs by Siegfried Modola/WFP/Arete Continue reading...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, World news, Global development, Internally displaced people, Zamfara, Siegfried Modola, Anka


‘Makes you sick’: fury in Rio as pregnant 24-year-old killed amid police raid

Kathlen Romeu’s death marks latest fatality among Black favela residents as police clash with drug gangsIn early June, Kathlen Romeu posted a photo of herself and her boyfriend on a Instagram, with a caption announcing that she was pregnant. “I am discovering myself as a mother, and I am scared thinking about how it is going to be,” the 24-year old interior designer wrote on 2 June. “I laugh, I cry and I am afraid.” Related: Police killing hundreds in Rio de Janeiro despite court ban on favela...
Tags: Americas, Global development, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Rio, Kathlen Romeu, June Kathlen Romeu


Voluntourism: new book explores how volunteer trips harm rather than help

‘Don’t do as we did,’ says Pippa Biddle, who highlights colonial structure of industry where unqualified Western tourists pay to volunteer abroadSeven years ago, Pippa Biddle wrote a blog post about volunteering abroad. She recounted her struggles speaking Spanish to children living with HIV in the Dominican Republic and how local people in Tanzania would spend all night redoing the construction work she and her classmates had done poorly.“Taking part in international aid where you aren’t partic...
Tags: Travel, Books, Children, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Charities, Voluntary sector, Aid, Global development, Colonialism, Tanzania, Volunteering, Inequality, Dominican Republic