A Global Policy Forum report released last month concludes the United Nations has increased its use of Private Military Security Companies (PMSCs) since 2006 and demands more oversight from the UN.
Experts agree that the system lacks regulation, but for some, the true problem is that use of these companies is condoned at all.
According to the report by Global Policy Forum [...]
Theater is one of the oldest forms of entertainment for human civilizations. Plays are a means to not only tell stories, but also to explore cultural conflicts and values. Since the discovery of HIV/AIDS, dramatic productions have emerged as educational tools to discuss the impact of the epidemic as well as prevention methods. Theater as a strategy for reducing [...]
“Gender equality must become a lived reality.” The spirit engendered by this quote by Michele Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, is omnipresent within the UN Women website [...]
In an interview with MediaGlobal Bureau Chief Nosh Nalavala, Ambassador Lazarous Kaoambwe, Permanent Mission of Zambia voices his thoughts on gender parity in primary education and its long-term negative effects
MG: Often at different for a in the United Nations, the gender dimension of education in post-conflict African countries and LDCs are discussed. Of the countries that have an unbalanced ratio of primary enrollment among boys to primary enrollment among girls, 18 are African countries and 16 are LDCs. This [...]
The United Nations General Assembly held a thematic debate last month to mark the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The debate, “Drugs and Crime as a Threat to Development,” called for a rethinking of current international policies on drugs and crime in the context of sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
To be sure, transnational crime, including the [...]
On 20 June, Rwanda’s Media High Council issued a statement urging journalists to help fight human trafficking in the region. The Council’s mission is to promote “freedom, responsibility, and professionalism of the media.” The Council affirmed the belief that writing about human trafficking can help spread awareness of the practice.
The Council’s statement came two days after the International Office on Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs [...]
The Havana Biennial, initiated in 1990 as a counterweight to the Venice and other prestigious biennials in the West, initially showcased contemporary art from the Caribbean. Overtime, in addition to tracing the region’s artistic evolution, it expanded to include art from around the world, with a particular focus on developing countries. The 11th edition of the Havana Biennial [...]
One-third of girls in developing countries marry before they reach their eighteenth birthday, sometimes as young as 7. The practice breaches most countries’ domestic legislation, and more importantly, violates the nearly universally ratified Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Harboring no fairytale illusions of white gowns and Prince Charming often [...]
Revolutions in the Middle East are prompting the rewriting of constitutions. When policymakers are drawing up a new set of rules, they’re often adding mandatory parliamentary spots open for women.
It’s what Drude Dahlerup, professor of political science at Sweden’s Stockholm University and expert on gender quotas, calls the “fast track” to getting women in seats of political power, and she says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to [...]
The United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity failed to be endorsed by UNESCO’s International Program for the Development of Communication Council (IPDC) last month due to a block by Pakistan, India, Venezuela, Brazil, and Cuba.
The UN Plan, created during the Inter-Agency Meeting on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue [...]