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Bosses Force Female Workers Making Jeans For Levis and Wrangler Into Sex

Bosses Force Female Workers Making Jeans For Levis and Wrangler Into Sex

Women producing jeans for American brands including Levi Strauss, Wrangler and Lee have been forced to have sex with their managers to keep their jobs or gain promotion, an investigation into sexual harassment and coercion at garment factories in Lesotho has found. Brands have responded to the “extensive” allegations by the the US-based Worker Rights Consortium by signing enforceable agreements with labour and women’s rights groups to eliminate gender-based violence for more than 10,000 workers at five factories owned by the Taiwanese company Nien Hsing, one of the southern African...

August 16, 2019
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Covid used as pretext to curtail civil rights around the world, finds report

Covid used as pretext to curtail civil rights around the world, finds report

The state of civil liberties around the world is bleak, according to a new study which found that 87% of the global population were living in nations deemed “closed”, “repressed” or “obstructed”.The figure is a 4% increase on last year’s, as civil rights were found to have deteriorated in almost every country in the world during Covid-19. A number of governments have used the pandemic as an excuse to curtail rights such as free speech, peaceful assembly and freedom of association, according to , an alliance of civil society groups which assessed 196 countries.By using methods such as...

Dec 9
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African governments failing girls on equality, report finds

African governments failing girls on equality, report finds

Girls in are being “condemned to a lifetime of discrimination and inequality” due to government failures, according to new data.Ranking 52 countries in the continent according to how “girl-friendly” they are, a published on Friday by advocacy group African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) found they were routinely denied education; made to marry too young; endured sexual, physical and emotional abuse at home, work and school; were excluded from healthcare; and were unable to own or inherit property.Although “significant strides” have been made over the past 30 years for girls, including improved...

Nov 21
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Ethiopia fighting could drive 200,000 to Sudan in coming months, says UN

Ethiopia fighting could drive 200,000 to Sudan in coming months, says UN

Violence in northern will probably drive 200,000 people into neighbouring Sudan over the coming months, UN agencies have warned, where food, shelter and medicine are urgently needed.The number of refugees streaming across the border has already surpassed agency preparations by 11,000 people, a UN refugee agency official said.“Together with all the agencies, we built a response plan for about 20,000 people and currently we are at about 31,000, so it has already surpassed that figure,” Axel Bisschop told a Geneva briefing. “The new planning figure is around 200,000.”has also left more than 2...

Nov 20
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UN issues $100m emergency funding and calls for global effort to avert famine

UN issues $100m emergency funding and calls for global effort to avert famine

The UN has earmarked $100m (£75m) in emergency funding for seven countries deemed at risk of famine, warning that without immediate action the world could see “huge numbers of children dying on TV screens”.The climate crisis, Covid-19, conflict and economic decline have created an “acute and grave crisis” in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the , Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, where millions of people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Guardian.Ethiopia, , is to receive $20m of the money.“This is absolutely not enough money to deal with...

Nov 18
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Measles cases hit 20-year high as Covid disrupts vaccinations, report finds

Measles cases hit 20-year high as Covid disrupts vaccinations, report finds

The number of measles cases worldwide surged to nearly 900,000 in 2019, the highest figure in more than two decades, underlining a significant U-turn in global progress to combat the disease.Data from the World Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the number of people dying from measles also increased by 50% since 2016, with an estimated 207,500 deaths in 2019 alone.The increase in reported cases was seen all across the globe, according to a published on Friday, and reverses more than a decade of steady progress.From 2000 to 2016, the number...

Nov 13
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Almost half of UK charities for world's poorest set to close in a year – survey

Almost half of UK charities for world's poorest set to close in a year – survey

Nearly half of the UK’s small charities working with the world’s poorest people expect to close within the next 12 months due to lack of financial support, a survey has found.Despite most of them seeing a spike in demand for their services during Covid-19, 15% of the charities will be forced to shut their doors within the next six months, and 45% within a year, according to data from the (SIDCN).The pandemic – predicted to force by the end of 2020 – has delivered a triple whammy to smaller overseas charities, according to SIDCN. British charities working abroad have not been eligible to...

August 6, 2020
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Ken Ross: 'I want to see a disabled person who's as famous as Brad Pitt on screen'

Ken Ross: 'I want to see a disabled person who's as famous as Brad Pitt on screen'

InterviewThe film producer on how having a son with Down syndrome inspired him to promote inclusion in the industryTue 26 Jan 2021 02.30 ESTLast modified on Tue 26 Jan 2021 05.04 ESTRoss has spent the past two decades working with the UK government, the NHS, Bafta and various other institutions to promote greater diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities. And although much has changed for the better (the and both recently revamped their diversity requirements, and actors such as , who has Down syndrome, are increasingly gaining industry-wide recognition), there is still serious...

Jan 26
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Unicef: 6,000 children could die every day due to impact of coronavirus

Unicef: 6,000 children could die every day due to impact of coronavirus

As many as 6,000 children around the world could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months due to the impact of coronavirus on routine health services, the UN has warned.Global disruption of essential maternal and child health interventions – such as , childbirth and postnatal care, child delivery and vaccinations – could lead to an additional 1.2 million deaths of children under five in just six months, according to analysis by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published in the .This projected figure is in addition to the 2.5 million children who die...

May 13, 2020
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