Global Emergency Funds Must Not Be Pocketed by Corruption - Gender

Извор: WUNRN – 08.06.2020

Some of the inflows of emergency funds will be pocketed by government officials, some will be stolen by managers of health facilities and some will be used to buy overpriced, locally produced gowns and face masks and other essential supplies by businesses paying kickbacks to government contractors. Others will be circumvented by watchdogs, outed by undercover journalists, thwarted by honest government employees, and pressured by engaged citizens.

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Elder Abuse in the COVID-19 Era - Older Women

Извор: WUNRN – 07.06.2020

S. Duke Han PhD - Laura Mosqueda MD

First published:20 April 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) is particularly deleterious to older adults,1 and there has been a massive increase in reports of elder abuse during the pandemic. Reports of elder abuse range from financial scams to incidents of family violence, with public warnings issued accordingly from the Federal Trade Commission2 and the American Bar Association.3 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines elder abuse as an intentional act or failure to act by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult.4 Abuse of older adults can be physical, emotional, financial, neglect, or any combination of these.

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Gender-Based Violence & Environment Linkages

Извор: WUNRN – 06.06.2020

Rooted in discriminatory gender norms and laws and shrouded in impunity, gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in all societies as a means of control, subjugation and exploitation that further reinforces gender inequality. This publication establishes that these patterns of gender-based abuse are observed across environmental contexts, affecting the security and well-being of nations, communities and individuals, and jeopardising meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). While linkages between GBV and environmental issues are complex and multi-layered, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable.

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Gender Stereotyping & International Human Rights Law

Извор: WUNRN – 06.06.2020

International human rights law lays down obligations which States are bound to respect. By becoming parties to international treaties, States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights. The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to fulfil means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights.

https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/internationallaw.aspx

Gender Stereotyping & International Human Rights

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Gender Equality Toolkit: UN Refugee Agency + Governments Must Protect Rights of Migrants During the Pandemic & Beyond

Извор: WUNRN – 05.06.2020

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Migration/SRMigrants/Pages/SRMigrantsIndex.aspx

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25904&LangID=E

Committee on the Protection of Migrant Workers & Their Families: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CMW/Pages/CMWIntro.aspx

COVID-19: Governments must protect rights of migrants during the pandemic & beyond, UN experts urge.

UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency

Direct Link to Full 114-Page UNHCR 2020 Gender Equality Toolkit:

https://www.unhcr.org/5e5cd64a7.pdf

 

 

Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on R acial & Ethnic Minorities Needs to Be Urgently Addressed - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Извор: WUNRN – 04.06.202

GENEVA (2 June 2020) – Rising disparities in how COVID-19 is affecting communities, and the major disproportionate impact it is having on racial and ethnic minorities, including people of African descent, have exposed alarming inequalities within our societies, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday. She noted that similar inequalities are also fuelling the widespread protests affecting hundreds of cities across the United States.

“The data tells us of a devastating impact from COVID-19 on people of African descent, as well as ethnic minorities in some countries, including Brazil, France, the United Kingdom and the United States,” Bachelet said. “In many other places, we expect similar patterns are occurring, but we are unable to say for sure given that data by race and ethnicity is simply not being collected or reported,” she said.

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Human Rights in Childbirth

Извор: WUNRN – 03.06.2020

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, HRiC has been collecting reports of disproportionate human rights violations in maternity care.

The first set of rights violations have been published in a report (available below) and sent to the United Nations.

The world is dealing with unprecedented challenges arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and health systems are now focused on social distancing and avoidance of non-urgent, non-COVID related medical care. Unfortunately, the strains on our health systems and the difficulties are not being borne equally by the population – pregnant women in particular still require competent and compassionate labour, birth and postpartum care.

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How the Coronavirus Impacts Human Trafficking

Извор: WUNRN – 03.06.2020
June 2, 2020 - The coronavirus is not only claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, but is also causing a global economic crisis that is expected to rival or exceed that of any recession in the past 150 years. Although decisive action and containment measures are helping flatten the curve of infection, such measures inevitably deepen and lengthen the economic recession.

Poverty, lack of social or economic opportunity and limited labour protections are the main root causes and drivers that render people vulnerable or cause them to fall victim to human trafficking. This unprecedented crisis will likely exacerbate all of those factors and result in developments (see Figure 1) that must be noted by anti-human-trafficking communities and stakeholders.

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