Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
You enrich your vocabulary while putting rice on a hungry person's table somewhere in the world. That is the basic plan Free Rice, the vocabulary game that is sweeping through the halls of DC think tanks and high school writting classes.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
There are 1.2 billion people who are between 15 and 24. That's a lot!
To take a look at the major issues, opportunities, and challenges facing these young people, on Tuesday the United Nations released The UN World Youth Report 2007.
In addition to talking about youth as a postivie force for dealing with world problems, it identifies 15 priority areas inlcuding employment, education, health, poverty and violence.
Check it out at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/wyr07.htm.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Some good news from the Iraq operations of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR this week:
- Earlier this week they announced that over 20,000 Iraqi Refugees have been resettled this year. While it is horrible that these individuals have suffered trauma and have had to leave their homes, UNHCR is working hard to make sure that these people have the chance at a normal life in their new nations. For a sense of what this entails, check out this story on UNHCR's website.
- For the most desperate of the 2.2 million Iraqi refugees that are still in refugee camps on in Syria and Jordan, on Sunday UNHCR will begin providing finanical assistance via ATM cards with $100-200/month. Cash assistance helps families to purchase necessities when they need them. It is expected that 7,000 families will initially benefit from this emergency relief.
- To top it off, UNHCR is helping the Iraqi Government to help 5,000 families (about 30,000 individuals) who wish to return to their homes by providing them support packages and repair kits.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Nicole Kidman and UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women) have teamed up to bring us a short awareness raising video about the fact that 1 in 3 women suffer from violence. The video can be found at sayNotoviolence.org and there is an online petition that you can sign.
While Nicole is fun to look at and listen to, the real neat stories can be found in the Stories from the Field that UNIFEM has pulled together. Our favorite is the Jurisprudence of Equality Program run by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) in Southern Africa. This program basically works to help judges examine their personal "gender bias" while making rulings.