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Sexual violence, the weapon of war that has ceased to die

13 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

BY SUSAN BISSELL AND ANITA TIESSEN ON 13 JUN 2014

This week, we are seeing global leaders come together with the aim of ending one of the biggest atrocities against humanity, sexual violence in conflict.

Sexual violence is used in conflicts across the world to humiliate children and women, destroy communities and exacerbate the already devastating impact of war. It tears apart lives and futures of its individual victims. It engrains itself into society, so that when war is over it continues alone, deeming itself a part of daily life in some communities.

 

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Former child bride lobbies African governments for girls’ education

13 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

Source: Plan International - Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:23 GMT

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

A teenager who escaped a forced marriage will lobby for girls' education at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on Monday.

 

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Brasil adopts landmark decision to promote child upbringing free from violence

5 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.

"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world's children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.

A crucial priority in global efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against children, the legal protection from violence is gaining ground around the world, with other 38 countries having included a full prohibition in their national legislation.

Read the original article on SRSG's website.

Thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon forced to work: aid group

12 Jun 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

BY TARA CARMICHAEL
BEIRUT Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:36am EDT

(Reuters) - At least 50,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are working, often in dire conditions and for 12 hours a day, to pay for food and shelter for their families, aid organisation CARE said.

More than a million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, making up a quarter of the country's population, having fled a civil war in its fourth year, which has left more than 160,000 dead.

 

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Spare the rod - the biology of poverty and violence

30 May 2014  |  News and Press - Related News

By Philippa Garson

NEW YORK, 30 May 2014 (IRIN) - Scientific advances in human biology may soon have a profound bearing on the policies that governments and organizations adopt towards young mothers, caregivers and babies in poor and stressed communities.

There is an emerging body of scientific evidence to show that the environment in which a very young baby develops is pivotal in shaping its brain in ways that can significantly influence its chances in later life.

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