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Q+A: Working with communities to stop gender-based violence

Mercy Corps

In developing countries all over the world, women and girls are often seen as less valuable than their male counterparts. This inequality, which remains in many traditional cultures, makes it more difficult for women and girls to get an education, marry when they choose to, earn an income and have a voice in their own life and their communities.

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Liberia's women, children bear brunt of Ebola epidemic

09/19/2014 03:31 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Exhausted and unable to process her loss, Olivia Clark turns away in silence as her dead baby is disinfected and loaded onto a truck by a team of Ebola specialists.

Aaron, just 18 months old, slipped away a few hours earlier, too young to fight the deadly virus amplifying inside his tiny body.

It is likely that he was infected by his father, Olivia's husband, who died at their home in the Liberian capital Monrovia two weeks earlier.

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Situation report on tropical storm Mario as of 5:00 a.m., September 19, 2014

From the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council


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NDDRMC Update Sitrep No. 3 re Monitoring Activities on the Alert Status of Mayon Volcano

Alert Level 3 remains in effect as of 8:00 AM, 18 September 2014, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks. Mayon Volanno's seismic network recorded (142) volcanic earthquakes and 251 rockfall events during the past 24-hour observation period.

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Floods destroy homes and livelihoods in Pakistan

By Andy Goss, Islamabad

Late monsoon rains earlier this month have unleashed a devastating flood, inundating large areas of Pakistan and affecting around two million people in a disaster that continues to unfold.

The Government’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says close to 44,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 1.5 million acres of standing crops lost. So far, about 300 people have died.

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Navy ships deliver supplies to Solomon Islands

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.

HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education, medical and flood relief supplies from the capital Honiara to coastal communities in need. Labuan headed north and east to Tulaghi and Auki, with her sister ship Tarakan heading south to Guadalcanal’s very remote Weather Coast.

Commanding Officer of Tarakan, Lieutenant James Carroll, said the landing craft were ideally suited to the task.

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A Day in the Bush

It is very early in the morning when a car leaves the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) base in Bambari, Ouaka region, in the center of Central African Republic (CAR), a country burning itself up with violence. The MSF team is heading to Yamale, a small village in the bush some 19 miles from Bambari. It isn’t far, but the trip takes two hours in the rainy season, as the road is thick with mud.

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Bulletin d'Information Humanitaire - Province du Sud-Kivu N° 32/14, 17 septembre

Faits saillants

  • Plus de 20 000 personnes déplacées fuient l'insécurité dans le Territoire de Shabunda

  • Le plaidoyer des humanitaires permet à 510 élèves d'accéder à l'école à Mwenga alors que la rentrée reste perturbée pour 10 000 autres dans la Province.

Contexte général

Mouvements de population

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Raising ambition for climate action, women lead the way

UN Women

Focus will be on women’s participation and partnerships that can catalyse climate justice.

(New York, 18 September 2014) On the eve of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, more than 130 women leaders will gather in New York to demonstrate their commitment to ambitious and gender-sensitive climate action.

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DEC Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

Saleh Saeed, DEC CEO, writes a special letter to all our supporters announcing the new DEC Annual Report.

Dear DEC supporter,

Last year was an extraordinary one for the Disasters Emergency Committee and we want to thank you for being part of it.

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A solid investment: Integrating children without parental care into the post-2015 development framework

Will the new development goals have a place for children without parental care? New publication from SOS Children's Villages lays case for sustainable future based on equality for children.

18 September 2014 - The futures of millions of children could be decided in the next eight days. The United Nations General Assembly has begun in New York and world leaders are debating which key issues should take precedence in the global Post-2015 Development Goals.

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Peace & Security Council Report No 61, August 2014

In this issue

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has an important role to play in supporting talks on the situation in Mali taking place in Algiers. The conclusion of a deal between the various armed groups and the government in Mali is crucial to achieve lasting peace.

The African Union now has to take some tough decisions about its involvement in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria. This includes the question of a possible regional intervention similar to the one launched against the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

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L’Europe accroît son aide humanitaire au Mali

La Commission européenne augmente de 5 millions d’euros l'aide humanitaire qu'elle apporte au Mali. Cette somme permettra à l'Europe d'accorder un soutien supplémentaire aux personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire extrême et aux victimes du regain de violence dans le nord du pays. Ce nouveau programme d’aide porte le montant total de l’aide humanitaire au Mali à 40 millions d’euros pour 2014.

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When zero is a good number

By 2030 we want 3 things.

Zero new HIV infections; zero AIDS-related deaths; and 100% of people living with HIV accessing quality HIV treatment. These are three of our recommended targets for the post-2015 development framework, which will be discussed at the UN General Assembly this month.

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Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 37 | 8 – 14 September 2014


• Tensions remain high in Kalma camp in South Darfur as the Government mobilises more forces to conduct search operation in the camp where IDPs oppose the move.

• Over 277,000 people in Sudan have been affected by rains and flooding since late July 2014, according to HAC.

• The number of Sudanese migrants arriving in West and North Darfur after expulsion from Chad reduces, according to IOM.

• HAC in Blue Nile reports that inter-agency needs assessments will be allowed in six localities in the State.

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UNMISS Update, 18 September 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 15 September, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 96,856 including 28,010 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 2,722 in Bor, 47,214 in Bentiu, 578 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 28 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.
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What Arab youth really want post-2015

By Denis McClean

SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, 18 September 2014 - One of the high points of this week’s Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction came when a 19-year-old medical student took centre stage to read out a strong declaration on behalf of one of the region’s most endangered groups, children and youth.

Majid Shangab began with the words: “We, children and youth, are one of the most vulnerable groups to disasters, climate change, and displacement as a result of conflict. And yet, children and youth are viable agents of change.”