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'I Wish I Hadn't Survived': Domestic Abuse in Iraqi Kurdistan

New Age Islam News Bureau

15 December 2022

• Jana Majdi Zakarneh, Palestinian Teenage Girl another Victim to Intl. Inaction to Hold Israel to Account: Foreign Ministry

• 'Majority of Displaced Populations in Afghanistan' Are Women: UN

• UN Seeks $1.2b for Women Next Year

• Egypt Pays Great Attention to Empowering Women, Ensuring Them Decent Life: Minister

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau



'I Wish I Hadn't Survived': Domestic Abuse in Iraqi Kurdistan


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14 Dec 2022

Women in Iraq are facing rising levels of domestic abuse. Cases of gender-based violence have seen a surge of 125% between 2020 and 2021, according to the United Nations.

In the Kurdistan region, women who feel trapped in abusive households often see suicide by self-immolation as their only way out.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has tried to combat violence against women, but many remain at risk.

The BBC has been granted rare access to one of the main hospitals for burns in Iraqi Kurdistan, where many women die of self-inflicted burns.

Source: BBC


Jana Majdi Zakarneh, Palestinian Teenage Girl another Victim to Intl. Inaction to Hold Israel to Account: Foreign Ministry


Palestinians attend the funeral of 16-year-old Jana Majdi Zakarneh, who was shot and killed during an Israeli military raid in the northern occupied city of Jenin, on December 12, 2022. (Photo by Shehab news agency)


14 December 2022

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says the fatal shooting of a teenage girl by Israeli military forces during a raid in the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin was the outcome of the international community’s failure to hold the Tel Aviv regime accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian nation, especially children.

“The State of Palestine condemns in the strongest terms Israel’s ongoing crimes and deliberate killings of Palestinian minors, including the latest murder of 16-year-old Jana Majdi Zakarneh by a sniper in Jenin while she was on the roof of her house,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement added, “Jana is another victim of the international community’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing and escalating crimes. The occupying regime’s targeting of Palestinian children in their homes, at schools, and on streets is systematic and widespread, and is aimed at intimidating the minors and their families and spreading insecurity within the Palestinian society.”

“Palestine reiterates that the list of shame remains the most powerful tool of accountability and an effective deterrent to guarantee child protection. Therefore, we call on the United Nations secretary-general [Antonio Guterres] to immediately blacklist Israeli occupation troops and settler militia forces, and hold Israel fully accountable for its crimes against Palestinian children. Israel’s escape from consequences of its crimes undermines the protection of children worldwide,” the Palestinian Foreign Ministry pointed out.

“We call on the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [Karim Ahmad Khan] to urgently and effectively investigate Israel’s killing of Jana and many others as Palestinian children continue to be targeted by the occupying Israeli regime. We also urge all relevant institutions, international officials and governments to openly reject and confront such crimes. Palestinian children are entitled to basic human rights, namely protection, health, dignity and peace. They are not an exception to these universal rules,” the ministry highlighted.

On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the United Nations to place the Israeli regime on its secretary-general’s annual “list of shame” for violations against children, after Israeli troops fatally shot Zakarneh in Jenin.

During a meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in Ramallah, Shtayyeh denounced the Palestinian teenager’s killing as another crime to be added to the long list of horrifying crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian children.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

Since the start of 2022, Israeli troops have killed more than 210 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the United Nations, the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank this year is the highest in 16 years.

Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.

Source: Press TV


'Majority of Displaced Populations in Afghanistan' Are Women: UN

By Banafsha Binesh

15 Dec 2022

The UN Women in Afghanistan said that "women make-up the majority of the displaced populations in Afghanistan. The inability to exercise property rights or seek legal help means women in informal settlements live every day in fear of being evicted."

“Women and girls are affected by negative coping mechanisms due to lack of food. Women are forced to sell their assets to buy food, or, in most extreme cases, families have to sell their girls for marriage,” UN women in Afghanistan said on Twitter.

TOLOnews’ reached out to vulnerable women who are struggling to meet basic needs.

Shah Jan said that she was forced to sell several house items to make ends meet.

“We have sold the home belongings. We had an old carpet and we sold it to provide for our expenses. We have food for lunch, we are worried about dinner,” she said.

“We have no wood for heating, no coal. We call on the government to provide us with aid,” said Hameeda, a vulnerable woman.

The World Food Program in Afghanistan (WFP) said that it has been providing assistance to women across the country.

“Afghan women are currently faced with an economic crisis and a lack of jobs.

Source: Tolo News


UN seeks $1.2b for women next year

December 14, 2022

The United Nations issued an appeal on Tuesday for $1.2 billion to provide health care for women and girls, in particular those in war zones like Ukraine.

The United Nations Population Fund, which works to improve reproductive and maternal health worldwide, asked for that money for next year as it seeks to help women in 65 countries, including ones enduring conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

The appeal represents a small amount of the record $51.5 billion that UN agencies requested earlier this month to address humanitarian needs next year for 230 million people. These needs have become more acute because of the war in Ukraine, the effects of climate change and the risk of famine in Africa.

"When crisis strikes, women and girls face a heightened risk of sexual violence, exploitation and abuse," the population fund's director Natalia Kanem said in a report.

She said that this year her agency provided life-saving assistance to more than 30 million women, girls and young people "including services and supplies for emergency obstetric care to prevent maternal and newborn deaths, family planning and emergency contraception, prevention of and response to sexual violence, including the clinical management of rape."

But, she added, "needs are growing and gaps remain."

The agency said the top eight countries in order of need for women and girls are Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia.

Source: Tribune Pakistan


Egypt Pays Great Attention to Empowering Women, Ensuring Them Decent Life: Minister

December 14, 2022

Believing in the vital role of women in society and their ability to succeed in high-ranking legislative as well as executive positions, the State pays significant attention to empowering them economically and socially and ensuring that they have a decent life, Manpower Minister Hassan Shehata said.

The minister made the remarks during a meeting with UN Women Egypt Country Representative Christine Arab and UN Women Egypt working team, to review aspects of cooperation on various issues of mutual interest.

Shehata said Egypt was the first in the world to launch a national women’s empowerment strategy for 2030, in line with the goals of sustainable development, which was approved by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a road-map for the Egyptian government.

Moreover, in all its labor-related laws, the State is keen on empowering and protecting women, and offering them adequate training opportunities at fixed and mobile training centers available nationwide, the minister said.

In addition, a Gender Equality Unit has also been established at the Manpower Ministry’s headquarters, with as many as 27 affiliated sub-units in all governorates, Shehata said.

Meanwhile, Arab expressed pleasure at the fruitful cooperation between the ministry and the UN body, commending also the ministry’s role in sustaining women’s engagement in the labor market, while protecting their rights at work places.

Source: Egypt Independent




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