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Crisis in the Sahel, women in Latin America, COVID … Tuesday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

Oct 21, 2020

The world must act now to reverse the situation in the Sahel region of Africa, where humanitarian needs are “at the limit,” said the General secretary of the UN, at a high-level conference to address the growing crisis.

The person in charge of the humanitarian aid of the UN, Mark Lowcock, assured that no region of the world worries him so much in the medium term as the Sahel.

“I fear that the region is very close to a tipping point, with a domino effect that could reach neighboring countries and beyond. An avoidable tragedy is coming ”, he stressed.

Lowcock explained that the rate at which humanitarian needs have increased is “alarming.” In the last two years, the number of displaced people has multiplied by 20. More than seven million people are acutely hungry and more than 13 million, of whom five million are children, need emergency assistance to survive.


A family outside the tent where they live in a Yemeni IDP center.

António Guterres recalled that tensions “remain high” in the Persian Gulf and that any miscalculation can escalate rapidly, at a meeting of the Security Council.

The Secretary-General highlighted his concern about the situation in Yemen. The country, which is experiencing the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, “is the best proof,” he said, of the need to achieve a global ceasefire during the pandemic.

“We know that the rapid resolution of the conflict in Yemen can help build trust throughout the region. This conflict is a reminder that unless we address urgent and immediate regional challenges, instability could spread further and further. “

The pandemic will bring the labor participation of Latin American women to levels of 10 years ago

World Bank / Charlotte Kesl

A woman at her home and shop in Buga, Colombia, where she works seasonally for the alliance of passion fruit producers.

Women represent 56% of informal employment in Latin America and the Caribbean and the pandemic will mean a setback of more than ten years in their participation in the labor market.

The unemployment rate will be much higher than that of men, reaching 15.2% and it is expected poverty can reach 118 million women.

These are data offered by the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, in a regional forum organized by Forbes magazine. Bárcena explained that the pandemic has “deepened the crisis of care”, causing women to now dedicate double or triple the time to unpaid work in the home.

ECLAC advocates a recovery from the crisis with a “gender perspective”, that promotes the care economy as an engine of recovery and an essential public good

“This crisis opens up that opportunity for us to have greater equality and justice for the women of the region. Because women want to be part of this transformative reconstruction as actors, and not as victims and objects of politics. We are subjects. And, therefore, we claim, ‘nothing about us, without us’ ”.

UNOCHA / Iason Athanasiadis

A group of Iraqi children playing.

One in six children – or 356 million in the world – lived in extreme poverty before the pandemic, which now threatens to make the situation significantly worse, according to a new World Bank study and UNICEF.

More than two-thirds of the children living with less than $ 1.90 a day they are found in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, despite the fact that globally there are 29 million fewer extremely poor children, In sub-Saharan Africa, the figure has risen from 170 million in 2013 to 234 million in 2017.

Although children make up a third of the world’s population, they represent half of the people living in extreme poverty.

The pandemic, UNICEF warns, will make the situation “much worse”, for which he calls for “urgent” measures from the authorities around the world.