Trading weapons for shovels.
After decades of dealing with the conflict in the Philippines’ Mindanao region, the residents of a small village are turning the page. Together, they are now working to rebuild their lives and overcome divisions within the community, on projects such as a market garden and fish farm.
This United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) story explains how they have teamed up to re-establish trust, and break the cycle of poverty and vulnerability. 
Credit: OCHA/Muktar Farah

Trading weapons for shovels.

After decades of dealing with the conflict in the Philippines’ Mindanao region, the residents of a small village are turning the page. Together, they are now working to rebuild their lives and overcome divisions within the community, on projects such as a market garden and fish farm.

This United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) story explains how they have teamed up to re-establish trust, and break the cycle of poverty and vulnerability. 

Credit: OCHA/Muktar Farah

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduating New York City seniors this week that the United Nations needs all kinds of people: politicians, diplomats, lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, police and more.
“We need you be global citizens. Climate change, poverty and violence affect all countries. We have to respond as one human family,” he said at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem where he attended the first-ever commencement ceremony organized by the Democracy Prep Public Schools. 
More here: Watch a video recap from the event: http://j.mp/18gP5bc

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told graduating New York City seniors this week that the United Nations needs all kinds of people: politicians, diplomats, lawyers, doctors, teachers, engineers, police and more.

“We need you be global citizens. Climate change, poverty and violence affect all countries. We have to respond as one human family,” he said at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem where he attended the first-ever commencement ceremony organized by the Democracy Prep Public Schools.

More here: Watch a video recap from the event: http://j.mp/18gP5bc

Recent rape incidents in India have caused many to open their eyes and stand up for women’s rights. Equal treatment of women, women’s safety, women’s dignity and the right to their own bodies represent these rights. Educating boys and men about these rights, and that every person is a human being and deserves to be treated with respect, is essential.
Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. Join the UN in working to end violence against women and girls by supporting Say NO – UNiTE, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls.
Photo credit: Tash McCarroll, one of the winners of the Freedom from Violence Photo Competition of UN Women India.

Recent rape incidents in India have caused many to open their eyes and stand up for women’s rights. Equal treatment of women, women’s safety, women’s dignity and the right to their own bodies represent these rights. Educating boys and men about these rights, and that every person is a human being and deserves to be treated with respect, is essential.

Based on country data available, up to 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. Join the UN in working to end violence against women and girls by supporting Say NO – UNiTE, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls.

Photo credit: Tash McCarroll, one of the winners of the Freedom from Violence Photo Competition of UN Women India.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The UN Trust Fund supports national and local programmes that prevent violence, ensure access to safety & services and empower women & girls. 

More:

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign

Say No to Violence, social mobilization platform in support of UNiTE

A new report out today on children and armed conflict says better protection from attacks on schools & hospitals is needed.  Read more in the full report.  See also a related news story.
Every year, the UN Secretary-General lists those parties to conflict who recruit and  use, kill and maim or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against  children in conflict.  This year, the report contains detailed information on violations against children in  22 countries.
Photo: Taken during the visit of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to Kenya and Somalia. Credit: CAAC Office (via Flickr http://bit.ly/iXbbwq) 

A new report out today on children and armed conflict says better protection from attacks on schools & hospitals is needed.  Read more in the full report.  See also a related news story.

Every year, the UN Secretary-General lists those parties to conflict who recruit and use, kill and maim or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in conflict.  This year, the report contains detailed information on violations against children in 22 countries.

Photo: Taken during the visit of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to Kenya and Somalia. Credit: CAAC Office (via Flickr http://bit.ly/iXbbwq