Over 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, about 86 million additional girls worldwide will be subjected to the practice by 2030. On 20 December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/67/146 in which it “Calls upon States, the United Nations system, civil society and all stakeholders to continue to observe 6 February as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and to use the day to enhance awareness- raising campaigns and to take concrete actions against female genital mutilations”.
Our soils are in danger because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. The current rate of soil degradation threatens the capacity to meet the needs of future generations. As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised. In this regard, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) declared 2015 as the “International Year of Soil”.
Meriam Ibrahim made global headlines last year when Sudanese authorities sentenced her to death after she married a Christian man. She was jailed at eight months pregnant and forced to give birth in prison. The 27-year-old has now started a new life in exile with her family in the United States. In the article, she answers Guardian readers’ questions about her incarceration with her children, her strength of faith, and the ongoing battle for human rights in her homeland.
Two years ago, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. Three days later, she died from her injuries. The incident pushed millions in the city and all over India to protest the widespread violence against women. The protests led to tougher laws and empowered women to stand up against sexual violence. Ram Devineni was inspired to create a comic book superhero, Priya, who seeks to stop violence against women.
The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers extends its condolences to her family and to the French Association of Women in Legal Careers.
Decisions made in 2015 will help shape the women’s rights agenda for the next 15 years. In September, world leaders will endorse a new set of development goals at the UN. The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), feature a standalone goal on gender, which encourages the world to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. Discussions about the content of the goals, which will apply to all countries, began in 2013, and a final draft was published in July. The UN starts negotiations next week on finalising the SDGs.
The International Secretariat’s Amnesty International Media Center provides media professionals with access to breaking news, expert comment and important information about human rights issues around the world. It will help you to stay tune on the more recent events in Nigeria. The International Federation of Women in Legal Careers follows the development of this conflict closely.
The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption. It will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 Development Agenda.