Month: March 2016

Remembering Slavery brings light to modern challenges

Following the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, officials gathered to commemorate the survivors of this global horror and to recognise the modern forms that slavery has taken through human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution and child labour. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognised the contribution to society that was brought […]

Ending the silence for ‘comfort women’

Following the recent agreement between Japan and the Republic of Korea regarding compensation toward World War II’s comfort women, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, met with survivor, Ms. Gil Won-ok last week. He highlighted the importance of involving the victims in any process toward resolution and ending the long history of silence. It was not until […]

This woman could get the UN’s top job

At the end of the year, the United Nations will select a new Secretary-General when incumbent Ban Ki-moon’s term runs out. Campaigns across the globe have been pushing for a more transparent and inclusive process and for the first time in its 70 year history, the UN might elect a woman to its top job. […]

The future of wildlife is in our hands

On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly had its 68th session at which it signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and proclaimed the 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness for the world’s wild flora and fauna. World Wildlife Day 2016 was […]

Gender parity is still 117 years away

In 2014, the Global Gender Index from the World Economic Forum predicted that the world would reach gender parity by 2095. One year later, the prediction had worsened, with the gender gap anticipated to close as late as 2133. That is 117 years from now, potentially two generations. The Global Gender Gap Report Card released by […]