UNESCO highlights fragility of press freedom in the face of COVID-19 in 2020

UNESCO has condemned the killing of 59 media workers in 2020, among them four women. With 22 killings each, the Latin America and the Caribbean Region and the Asia and the Pacific Region registered the highest number of fatalities in the profession, followed by the Arab States Region with nine, and Africa with six. Overall, 2020 saw one of the lowest yearly tolls recorded by UNESCO over the past decade, during which 888 journalists and media workers’ paid the ultimate price for informing the public. In 2019, UNESCO condemned the…

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UNESCO urges people to ‘Listen to Her’

As part of the UN System’s activities during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, UNESCO New Delhi is re-launching Listen to Her – a short film by filmmaker and actor, Nandita Das. Listen to Her, a film by Nandita Das Supported by UNESCO, UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF, and the South Asia Foundation (Madanjeet Singh Foundation), this film not only brings the plight of women facing domestic violence into the spotlight, but also highlights the gender based micro-aggressions and stereotypes faced by women…

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International UNESCO campaign reveals the hidden face of art trafficking

UNESCO is launching an international communication campaign to make the general public and art lovers aware of the devastation of the history and identity of peoples wreaked by the illicit trade in cultural goods, which is estimated to be worth nearly $10 billion each year. As shown by The Real Price of Art campaign, in some cases, the looting of archaeological sites, which fuels this traffic, is highly organized and constitutes a major source of financing for criminal and terrorist organizations. The campaign marks the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Convention on the Means of…

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UNESCO Launches the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub for girls and women

Worldwide, 2 billion women are offline. They are 4 times less likely than men to know how to use advanced digital technologies. In today’s society, women and men, girls and boys must have equal access to tech skills development and career opportunities. To face this challenge, the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age has just launched the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub, a one-stop shop on projects, resources and good practices to advance digital skills for girls and women. The Hub was created by UNESCO, with the…

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