While the #MeToo movement has captured international attention, women have mobilized mass movements on women’s rights around the world in the past year at a scale never seen before.
In 2017 alone, over 300 Human Rights Defenders across 27 countries were killed, double the numbers from 2015. Almost 85 percent of the recorded murders were concentrated in five Latin American countries: Colombia, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
“The way forward is the full realization of reproductive rights, for every individual and couple, no matter where or how they live, or how much they earn." - Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund
The release of a groundbreaking report has left the international community reeling over very real, intensified impacts of climate change which will hit home sooner rather than later. So what now?
The number of hungry people increased to over 820 million in 2017 from approximately 804 million in 2016, levels unseen for almost a decade. Reversing years of progress, global hunger is on the rise once again and one of the culprits is clear: war.
“The U.N. system really failed the people of Myanmar particularly the Rohingya by treading softly,” said Human Rights Watch’s U.N. Director Louis Charbonneau. “Now instead of us saying ‘never again’ after Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Srebrenica—here we are saying well yet again it happened."