Issues

This page contains issues relevant to the rights and development of women and children, and that are a concern or interest to Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

2-Oct-2009 Campaign launched for awareness to prevent violence against women  New Delhi, Oct 2(ANI): Union Ministry of Women and Child Development on Friday launched a campaign to create public awareness for prevention of violence against women.   Trak In News

2-Oct-2009 International Commission of Inquiry Needed in Guinea   On Monday, September 28th, 2009, Guinea’s security forces opened fire on 50,000 demonstrators, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 1,200 in the capital, Conakry. The protesters were asking for the leader of Guinea’s military junta, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, to step down after he suggested he would be running in the upcoming presidential elections. Capt. Camara took over in a military coup in December 2008 after the death of longtime president Lansana Conte.  Amnesty International
30-Sep-2009    Eyes on Guinea Not to pick on West Africa this week, but another human rights drama is currently unfolding in Guinea, where the military opened fire with live rounds into a crowd of 50,000 pro-democracy protesters on Monday.  While the military government claims that only 57 people were killed, mainly due to trampling, local rights groups are placing the death toll at 157 killed and another 1,200 wounded.     Human Rights: Foreign Policy Blog Network

30-Sep-2009    Sec’y of State Clinton leads UN charge against sexual violence in conflict zones UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning sexual violence in war zones, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presiding and appealing for global action to end the scourge.      Breaking News 24/7

30-Sep-2009    UN Security Council: A Victory for Women Caught in War (New York) – The United Nations Security Council resolution up for a vote today to create a senior coordinator to address how armed conflict affects women around the globe is a vital step toward more consistent UN action on the issue, Human Rights Watch said today.        Human Rights Watch

30-Sep-2009    Hillary Clinton leads UN fight against rape in war UNITED NATIONS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – More than 60 countries, led by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asked the United Nations on Wednesday to appoint a special envoy for a global fight against the rape of women and children during war.        Reuters

29-Sep-2009    The Future of Human Rights in Africa The credibility of the African regional human rights system suffered a serious setback last week when President Yahaya Jammeh of The Gambia made comments threatening human rights activists.  This is not the first time an African head of state has made disparaging remarks about human rights activists and unfortunately will probably not be the last.  But these remarks are gaining more attention because The Gambia is the location of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the only regional human rights body currently functioning in Africa.      Human Rights: The World Affairs Blog Network

17-Sep-2009    Backsliding on Human Rights NEW YORK — The European leaders gathering at the United Nations for the General Assembly may feel a little smug. For eight years they struggled to persuade George W. Bush that multilateralism mattered. Now Barack Obama has embraced the U.N. enthusiastically.       The New York Times

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