International Protest: the Violence Against Women

Soroptimist International and United Nations House Scotland on the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will begin 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign which runs from 25 November to 10 December takes the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!" Civil Societies and organizations around the world have made a public stand to recognize the 16 days of activism. BBC has recently published an article detailing these international protests which can be found here: Please stand with us to end the violence against women! #Orange #EliminationofViolenceTowardsWo

25th of November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Why this International Day? Violence against women is a human rights violation Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. #InternationalDay #25thofNovember #women

Report: Conference on Women's Mental Health

On the 9th of October 2019, UN House Scotland in collaboration with Soroptimist International Scotland South hosted the Conference on Women's Mental Health. A summary of the conference's proceedings can be found here. We hope that the report will serve as a powerful resource. Thank you to all that attended the event and see you soon at future events. #womensmentalhealth #SDG5 #sdg3 #report

UN General Assembly First Committee

The UN General Assembly First Committee just wrapped up last Friday, as diplomats finished voting on resolutions. Overall, organizations like ICAN were pleased with the high number of positive references to the TPNW but disappointed by the attempts by a minority of states to walk back references to the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and to their own disarmament commitments. ICAN has posted a First Committee analysis blog covering what was said about the TPNW, humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and disarmament on their website, so you can read more about it here. For more comprehensive coverage, check out Reaching Critical Will's website and their First Committee Monitors here.

UN Conference on Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East

In January 2018, UNHS co-hosted with ICAN a PrepCon on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destructions in the Middle East. We continue to see the relevancy of issue, and this year the United Nations in New York will be hosting a conference on the Middle East from 18th November until the 22nd of November. The Conference will focus on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction and is being presided over by Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan. To find out more about the conference or Weapons of Mass Destruction please read the article by Tariq Rauf that focuses on these issues:

POP-Conference on Women's Mental Health

On the 9th of October, UN House Scotland in collaboration with Soroptimist International hosted the Conference on Women's Mental Health. United Nations House Scotland has crafted a short Parliamentary One-Pager of key finding from the Conference and the report on the event. Thank you again to all of those in attendance and for those who were unable to attend, we hope the document is a useful resource. #POP #womensmentalhealth #ConferenceonWomensMentalHealth #soroptomistinternational

SDG 2: Zero Hunger Event

Please join UNHS on the 5th of December outside the University of Edinburgh Main Library for our event on SD2 (Zero Hunger) and Food Security in Scotland. This will be a collaborative event with companies like Pret, Franco Manca, and Starbucks about raising awareness of the hunger problem in Scotland and will also help explore community based solutions to address this growing issue. The event will feature complementary drinks, snacks, and vouchers! So please join us on the 5th December to address Food Security in Scotland and to find out what organisations around you are doing to tackle this issue.

Human Trafficking Briefing Paper

Our latest and first Briefing Paper on Human Trafficking by the UNA St Andrews Branch highlights the need for a heightened awareness of human trafficking issues. Click to download here. #humantraffiking #SDG1 #SDG3 #SDG5 #SDG8 #SDG16 #SDG17

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