UNESCO Leader Calls for Action Against Taliban Oppression
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chief Federico Mayor called for international support to end human rights abuses by Afghanistan's militant Taliban. He wants leaders to act rather than talk.
"As the Taliban extend their grip of terror on the long-suffering country. . .it is time that the entire United Nations system and the international community move from the clearly ineffectual condemnation of abuses to actions which might stem them," stated Mayor.
Fifteen Afghan intellectuals sent Mayor a letter charging the Taliban with "medieval repression" and "ruthless policies of linguistic domination and ethnic cleansing."
Mayor feels the accusations made by the intellectuals mirror a report on human rights in Afghanistan delivered last month to the U.N. General Assembly.
Special reporter for the U.N. Human Rights Commission, Choong-Hyun Paik, requested an investigation on the part of the world organization into the clear human rights violations, such as reports of mass-killings in Afghanistan.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .