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26 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

London Conference Key Moment for Accountability, Women’s Rights

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

25 Nov 2014 description

Bringing skilled workers home to Afghanistan is a key aspect of IOM’s activities in the war-torn country. In the past 15 years, IOM has recruited and assisted nearly 1,500 Afghan experts from 31 countries, who have found work in government institutions, NGOs, international organizations and the private sector.

25 Nov 2014 description

With a cost of AFN 23 million and 506 thousand 16 sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Hazrat Sultan district of Samangan province.

25 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, 25 November 2014 - Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW), followed by 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The Day is commemorated around the world giving individuals and groups a chance to mobilize and call attention to the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.

25 Nov 2014 description

KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

Conflict causes death, injury and displacement

7,965 civilians killed and injured by conflict January-September 2014, 22 per cent of which were children. 105,800 people fled their homes, in the same period, amidst increased fighting in Northern Hilmand and other provinces.

1.2 million children acutely malnourished

25 Nov 2014 description

Today I met with United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark to discuss how Australia and the UNDP can further collaborate to reduce poverty, empower women and build stronger democratic institutions.

We also discussed the humanitarian toll being exacted by ISIL, the civil war in Syria and Iraq and what more the international community can do to assist, and the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Australia will provide more than $21 million to the UNDP this year to support its vital work around the world.

25 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11664-AFG/431

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gary Quinlan (Australia):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack on 23 November in Paktika, Afghanistan, which caused many deaths and injuries to civilians, including many children.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people and Government of Afghanistan. They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

25 Nov 2014 description
report ActionAid

Executive summary

Women in Afghanistan have paid a heavy price for the political turmoil, conflict and repression that have blighted their country for decades. But they have fought back bravely to make gains in their freedoms and in recent years have secured real – if fragile and uneven – progress. This has attracted significant support from an international community keen to emphasise the benefits to women from the invasion to oust the Taliban.

24 Nov 2014 description

Kaboul, Afghanistan | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 12:47 GMT | 745 words

by Emal HAIDARY

Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in Afghanistan told Monday how a bomb packed with ball bearings ripped through spectators enjoying the final moments of the match.

In the country's deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives as hundreds of young men and boys attended a tournament on Sunday featuring three local teams in the volatile eastern province of Paktika.

24 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, 24 November 2014 - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s suicide attack in Yahyakhail district in the south-eastern province of Paktika.

On 23 November, a suicide attacker detonated an improvised explosive device in a sports field killing at least 50 civilians who were attending a volleyball match and injuring at least 60 others. Many children were among the dead and injured.

24 Nov 2014 description

In a graduation Ceremony Swedish Committee for Afghanistan certified 21 new midwifes on successful completion of two years midwifery education in Samangan. New midwifes were swearing the oath of loyalty to the midwifery profession and providing qualitative and equal health services to women. This was the fourth batch of graduated midwifes in Samangan province.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Rotary

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus.

The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012.

"We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Oxfam

Afghan women frozen out of peace talks, in danger of losing gains made since fall of the Taliban

Afghan women are consistently excluded from Afghanistan’s peace negotiations and formal talks about the country’s future, international agency Oxfam said today. Unless this discrimination is reversed, peace will be unsustainable, Afghanistan’s development will be compromised, and enormous human rights gains made since the fall of the Taliban will remain under threat.

23 Nov 2014 description

11/24/2014 - 06:42 GMT

by Emal HAIDARY

Scores of people wounded in a horrific suicide attack at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan were flown to hospital in Kabul, officials said Monday, as families mourned 50 killed in the blast.

In the country's deadliest single attack since 2011, the bomber detonated his explosives among packed crowds watching a tournament featuring three local teams in the volatile province of Paktika.

23 Nov 2014 description

Based on the information received from the Proofing of Refugees Cards Centers in Quetta to the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, 2354 renewed refugees cards were distributed from first to end of October 2014 and also 595 refugees cards were given after the proofing the specific forms to those who were eligible.

23 Nov 2014 description

With a cost of AFN three million and 78 thousand one retaining wall project of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development was recently completed in Samangan province.

This project includes 83-m long retaining wall that has been completed in Taht-e-Haqan village of Aibak the capital city of Samangan province. Approximately, 430 families have benefited from this development project.

21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description
report Internews Network

Greater educational opportunities, job creation, and an independent governmental entity focused on youth issues: those were among the top concerns Basir Bita, representing young Afghans across the country, relayed to new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an October 5 briefing about the new government's agenda for youth and civil society engagement.