Gambia News | Women Dissidents

Six women charged as Gambian authorities crack down on growing dissent
  • The six were among at least 25 arrested in Banjul for protesting the prosecution of some 45 members of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
  • As demonstrations have continued calling for electoral reforms, protests increased following the death of UDP leader Solo Sandeng in police custody.
  • Public demonstration is rare in Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh has taken a zero tolerance approach to dissent since taking power in 1994.

Read more:
Gambia charges six women for protesting trial of opposition figures” (Reuters)
Fifty-five Gambia UDP opposition members arrested in government crackdown, says party executive” (Radio France Internationale)
Protests signal serious challenge to Gambia’s ‘billion-year’ president” (Global Voices via The Guardian)

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Russia News | Ethnic Minorities

Ethnic tensions erupt into fatal brawl at Moscow’s biggest cemetery
  • Three were killed and nearly two dozen hospitalized among the 200 embroiled in clashes over service areas at the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow.
  • Officials reported the fighting was primarily between Chechens and Dagestanis from the Russian Caucasus on one side and Central Asian migrants on the other, primarily ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks.
  • Tensions have simmered in the country between migrant and other low-paid workers as Russia’s economic woes have led to a constricted job market.

Read more:
Three killed as ethnic rivalries fuel brawl at Moscow cemetery” (Reuters)
Police makes over 100 arrests after Khovanskoye Cemetery brawl” (Interfax via Russia Beyond the Headlines)
Mass melee in Moscow cemetery leaves 3 dead, 23 wounded” (AP via CBC News)

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Bangladesh News | LGBT

Militant arrested in connection to murder of LGBT activists in Bangladesh
  • Shariful Islam, also known as Shihab, was arrested in the district of Kushtia in connection with the deaths of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy.
  • Though Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the murders, Dhaka police say Islam was affiliated with the banned local militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team.
  • Since 2013, only one in the series of killings of atheists, moderates, and foreigners in Bangladesh has been prosecuted.

Read more:
Suspect arrested over murders of Bangladesh LGBT rights activist Xulhaz, his friend Tonoy” (bdnews24.com)
Bangladesh police arrest Islamist over gay activists’ killing” (Reuters)
Bangladesh police arrest suspect in stabbing death of USAID worker” (AP via The Chicago Tribune)

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Afghanistan News | Hazara

Hazara communities in Afghanistan protest changes to new electricity line route
  • Thousands from Hazara communities in the country are expected to protest after officials outlined a new route away from provinces with large Hazara populations for what they argue are technical and economic reasons.
  • The electricity project is a part of the Asian Development Bank’s plan to connect energy-rich Central Asia with the energy-deprived countries of the western subcontinent.
  • The resource row comes as the government has pledged increased protection for the Shiite Hazara minority, who have faced kidnapping and murder at the hands of militants in the Sunni-majority country.

Read more:
Afghan minority Hazaras plan protest over power line route” (Reuters)
Afghan Kidnappers Prey on Hazaras” (The New York Times, November 2015)
Hazara killings: Thousands protest in Afghanistan blaming militants for murder of seven villagers” (AFP/Reuters, via ABC, November 2015)

Global Feature | Women

Setting the Global Gender Equality Agenda

Since the dawn of the new century, the role of international institutions and cooperation in efforts to promote gender equality has grown as economies, migration, and environmental conditions have continued intertwining peoples around the world. The Thomson Reuters Foundation recently interviewed Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of U.N. Women, about efforts to coordinate global efforts to promote women’s rights and security.

Ahead of the upcoming Women Deliver conference set to bring together 5,000 attendees from 150 countries, Mlambo-Ngcuka discussed the challenges of securing long-term investments in gender equality worldwide and the ambitious new agenda set through the new Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The redress of structural inequalities, ongoing gender-based vulnerabilities, and the continued generational and gender outreach work necessary for equality continue to drive new programs in U.N. Women even as the work is met with derision or indifference from global political and business leaders.

Read:
Head of U.N. Women says irking opponents comes with the battle for equality” (The Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Additional:
UN Women
Women Deliver
Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
(U.N.)
How can the world improve the lives of women and girls by 2030?” (The Thomson Reuters Foundation)

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