Archive for November, 2009

16 Days of Activism: Victims of Trafficking, Migrant Women and children among most vulnerable to abuse

27th November 2009 Uncategorized

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling for more attention to the plight of victims of human trafficking and migrant women and children, who are among the most vulnerable to violent abuse, and often need more protection and rehabilitation services than they get. During the 16 Days of Activism against Abuse of Women and Children, it is important to highlight their vulnerability and needs, and to encourage measures towards their protection. (more…)

UNODC recognises International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25th November 2009 Uncategorized

PretoriaOn 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 and designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) joins in celebrating and observing this global day which urges public debate on the heinous crimes committed against women and children across the world. (more…)

Recognising the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

19th November 2009 Uncategorized

On 20 November 2009, the international community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This international Convention, signed by 193 countries including South Africa and the 27 Member Sates of the European Union, was adopted on 20 November 1989 and sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children to guide the position of global efforts in dealing with child rights. (more…)

UNODC launches African HIV in Prisons Partnership Network

19th November 2009 Uncategorized

Johannesburg Worldwide, the high rates of HIV in prisons pose a serious threat for prison populations and in turn, the broader community. The lack of knowledge and education amongst prisoners regarding the risks of contracting and transmitting HIV, along with the absence of protective measures and proper health services in prisons, increases their risks of infection. Upon release, despite having been at high risk of exposure for HIV transmission whilst in prison, most return to the community where they may engage in pre-existing high risk activities for the transmission of HIV such as sexual behaviour of multiple concurrent partners and Injecting Drug Use (IDU), and as a result increasing the risks of HIV infection for the broader community. (more…)

General Assembly establishes Nelson Mandela International Day

11th November 2009 Uncategorized

New York – The General Assembly on Tuesday, 10 November 2009, established July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day. (more…)